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Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:41pm

A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the "world's top online brothel," citing federal free speech laws.

Tongass National Forest plan moves to young-growth timber

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:31pm

Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry as we know it right now."

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Eileen Sullivan, Chad Day and Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:34pm

President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware.

Federal regulators decline to reconsider Oregon pipeline

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:23pm

Federal regulators on Friday refused to reconsider a 230-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline that would have terminated in the southern Oregon coastal town of Coos Bay, handing a serious setback to a multi-billion project to deliver the gas to markets in Asia.

Story of Trump letting homeless woman live in hotel is false

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:03pm

The Infowars website acknowledges its story about a homeless woman claiming Republican President-elect Donald Trump has allowed her to stay at his New York hotel free of charge for nine years is "unconfirmed."

Shutdown threat eases as Dems signal retreat on miners' aid

Andrew Taylor and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40pm

The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners.

France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

Sylvie Corbet and Jeffrey Schaeffer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:20pm

A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated."

Chicago poised to pay $5.3 million in 2 police shootings

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00pm

The city of Chicago is poised to pay more than $5.3 million in two police shootings that made national headlines at a time when the city had just begun its desperate struggle to restore public confidence shattered by the release of a video of a white officer killing black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Ex-trader at Cantor Fitzgerald indicted on securities fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:00pm

A former trader for Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. has been indicted on securities fraud charges.

Ford CEO says Trump threats won't change small car plans

Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:30pm

Ford Motor Co. is going ahead with plans to move small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico despite President-elect Donald Trump's recent threats to impose tariffs on companies that move work abroad.

Madonna, Kesha get emotional when accepting Billboard honors

Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:30pm

The annual Billboard Women In Music event featured emotional and heartfelt speeches about the uphill battles women face in the music industry, including personal stories from top honoree Madonna and pop singer Kesha.

Red tape halts new Southwest flights to Mexico after 3 days

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:11pm

Southwest Airlines has stopped new flights between Los Angeles and Mexico because Mexican authorities haven't finished the paperwork formally authorizing the service.

Trump has shut down 4 of his companies connected to possible Saudi Arabia business venture

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10pm

Trump has shut down 4 of his companies connected to possible Saudi Arabia business venture.

The Latest: No deal yet but gov't shutdown unlikely

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10pm

The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local):

Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 4:10pm

Coal-state Democrats waged a fight for health benefits for thousands of retired miners, pointing to President Harry S. Truman's promise 70 years ago guaranteeing a lifetime of coverage. The stopgap spending bill contains a short-term fix and the issue will be revisited next spring.

Columbia teaching and research assistants vote to join union

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:50pm

Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University have voted to join a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers.

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:50pm

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank.

Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:40pm

Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.

South Africa company to buy Stillwater Mining Co. for $2.2B

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 3:31pm

The company that owns Montana's largest mining complex announced Friday that it will be acquired by a South African company for $2.2 billion in a deal that requires U.S. government approval.