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Wayne Barrett, tenacious NYC reporter of Trump, dead at 71

Jake Pearson and Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:21pm

Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, a scourge of New York City power brokers from Rudolph Giuliani to Mike Bloomberg during a decades-long career with the Village Voice and an early and tenacious chronicler of President-elect Donald Trump, died Thursday at age 71.

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:20pm

With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

Target names Rick Gomez new chief marketing officer

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:00pm

Target says it is promoting Rick Gomez to executive vice president and chief marketing officer as the Minneapolis discounter looks to reverse traffic declines at its stores.

Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:00pm

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

Group: Settlement will cut oil pollution at Washington dam

Phuong Le, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:43pm

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday agreed to obtain a pollution permit to settle allegations that operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in eastern Washington polluted the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

Correction: Chicago-Gun Ranges story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:41pm

In a Jan. 18 story about a federal appeals court ruling on Chicago's gun range ordinances, The Associated Press mischaracterized the nature of Judge Ilana Rovner's partial dissent. She disagreed with the majority that it was unconstitutional to require gun ranges to be a certain distance from schools, churches and other areas, not that it was unconstitutional to ban minors from gun ranges.

American Express misses forecasts, hurt by Costco loss

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:41pm

American Express' fourth-quarter profit fell 8 percent from the same period a year earlier, hurt by the loss of the Costco credit card business and higher expenses to retain customers.

French company Lafarge probed over alleged Syrian activity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:35pm

French authorities have launched an investigation of cement company Lafarge, which is suspected of illegal activities in Syria after the European Union imposed sanctions against the country in 2012.

Staff strikes again shutter Haiti's public hospitals

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:31pm

Public hospitals that cater to Haiti's poor are shuttered or barely functioning due to walkouts by nurses, janitors, porters and other personnel months after the troubled country endured a lengthy and punishing strike by resident doctors.

Study: Idaho natural gas and oil tax rates below many states

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:21pm

Idaho's effective tax rate on natural gas and oil production is less than half the average when compared with eight other producing states, according to a tax-comparison study released Thursday.

Union Pacific cost cuts offset declining shipments in 4Q

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:52pm

Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit grew 2 percent as the railroad cut costs to offset a 3 percent decline in shipments.

CSX and Netflix advance while Rent-A-Center tumble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:

US court cites right to gun-range use, tosses Chicago limits

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:51pm

The city of Chicago is grappling with another in a series of defeats in its bid to regulate guns and tamp down gun violence, this time after a federal appeals court said its restrictions on publicly accessible gun ranges violated the Second Amendment.

Sentencing reset for Alaska strip club owner in dumping case

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:42pm

A sentencing hearing has been rescheduled for an Alaska man who was found guilty of illegally dumping human waste into a harbor from a converted crabbing boat he was operating as a floating strip club.

Western Union agrees to pay $586 million for fraud victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:41pm

Western Union has agreed to pay $586 million to the U.S. government to pay back victims of fraud that the money transfer company failed to protect.

Researchers: Trump win alters conversation on gun violence

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

Leading public health researchers and gun safety advocates concede that Republican Donald Trump's election as president changed the national conversation on firearms, but they're urging gun owners and manufacturers to be included in the effort to reduce deaths and injuries from firearms.

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

A federal appeals court affirmed the criminal conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on Thursday in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

Dow erases gain for 2017 as stocks fall, bond yields climb

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:31pm

The Dow Jones industrial average erased its gains for 2017 on Thursday as it fell for the fifth day in a row, part of a pullback for stock indexes as Treasury yields continued their upward march.

Markets Right Now: Dow industrials post 5th straight decline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:11pm

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