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Moscow: Russian plane crash complicates Syria talks

Suzan Fraser and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:10am

Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border has not only frayed previously warm ties between Russia and Turkey, but has also put a strain on the peace talks for Syria, Russia's foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping welcomed in cash-strapped Zimbabwe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 5:40am

Thousands of people lined Harare's roads and welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping, whose visit has raised hopes that China will help stabilize Zimbabwe's faltering economy.

Eurozone bailout fund releases money for ailing Greek bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:40am

Europe's eurozone bailout institution has approved a 2.72 billion euro ($2.88 billion) disbursement to recapitalize Greece's ailing Piraeus Bank.

Monsanto pledges to be carbon neutral by 2021

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:51am

Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021, in part by working with farmers who use its products to help them reduce carbon emissions, the company's CEO told The Associated Press.

Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip

Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:40am

The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:50am

Three people have been arrested in Idaho in connection with the abduction and assault of a woman found walking along a highway bound in duct tape. The Kootenai Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call Wednesday night about a woman walking along Highway 53. Deputies have arrested Angela Frisby, Travis Anderson and Lilly Johnson, all of Coeur d'Alene, on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges.

Fiat Chrysler sales up in what could be a record November

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:40am

Fiat Chrysler's sales rose 3 percent last month in what could be a record November for U.S. auto sales.

Texas firm paying more than $3M to settle kickback claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:20am

A Texas company that operates nursing care facilities will pay nearly $3.2 million to settle allegations of receiving kickbacks from ambulance companies.

Protesters object to plan to take UNC Book Store private

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 6:10am

A proposal that could privatize the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's bookstore is being protested by students, professors and some state workers.

China factory index at 3-year low, services improve

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:50am

Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy while service industries improved, according to an official survey released Tuesday.

German unemployment remains steady in November at 6 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:30am

Germany's unemployment rate remained at 6 percent in November, as the labor market in Europe's biggest economy remained strong.

Georgia arrests 4 for suspected Islamic State ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:10am

Georgian security services have announced the arrest of four men suspected of having ties to the Islamic State group.

UK panel: Heathrow plans must address air quality issues

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:01am

Britain's government should not give the go-ahead for the expansion of Heathrow airport until its officials can show they will comply with air quality, noise and other environmental concerns, a parliamentary committee report said Tuesday.

Eurozone unemployment rate falls to near 4-year low

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 4:00am

Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone economy has fallen to its lowest level in nearly four years, official figures showed Tuesday, in another positive sign for an economic region that has struggled to get people back to work for years.

Samsung replaces mobile chief as smartphone lead dwindles

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:30am

The Samsung conglomerate appointed a new mobile president at its flagship Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years after growth stalled at the world's largest smartphone maker.

Britain's major banks pass stress tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:20am

The Bank of England says the country's seven biggest lenders have passed stress tests designed to see if they can withstand a slump in the global economy.

South Bend students train to be firefighters

Kim Kilbride, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:10am

A group of recruits at the Luther J. Taylor Sr. Fire Safety Training Center is challenged to dress in 65 pounds of gear in less than two minutes.

Here is the latest Nevada news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:40am

Nevada officials say the state's casinos earned less in October than they did a year ago dropping nearly 2.9 percent to $887.6 million for the month. The Nevada Gaming Control Board released statistics that show revenue from gambling dropped more than 5 percent on the Las Vegas Strip to $493.6 million. Nevada officials say state taxes collected on gambling revenue dropped 22 percent to $52.3 million.

RV industry completes turnaround after stalling in recession

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:51am

After a long, bumpy ride, production of RVs has just about returned to where it was before the Great Recession.

Man City: Chinese consortium investing $400m to gain 13 percent stake in City Football Group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 1:40am

Man City: Chinese consortium investing $400m to gain 13 percent stake in City Football Group .