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St. Louis-area businessman faces federal kidnapping charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:50pm

A St. Louis-area businessman and three other men face kidnapping charges after authorities say they kept a man at a house over three days and threatened and beat him before releasing him when his parents paid about $27,000 in ransom money, court documents show.

The Latest: Trump rallies slated for NC, Iowa, Michigan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:50pm

The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

2 doors of Wal-Mart founder's first store donated to museums

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30pm

Two doors from the first store owned by Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington and The Wal-Mart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Winter menaces N. Dakota camp as pipeline protesters dig in

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30pm

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

Cereal maker General Mills to cut as many as 600 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:21pm

General Mills, which has been struggling with weaker sales for its cereal and yogurt, plans to cut between 400 and 600 jobs around the world as it restructures its business.

Dow hits another record as consumer and tech stocks rise

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:21pm

U.S. stocks are resuming their climb Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to another record high. Banks put up some of the biggest gains, as did technology companies, which have been mostly left out of a post-election rally. Energy companies were higher as the price of oil reached its highest level since July 2015. Small-company stocks continued to outpace the rest of the market.

Senate nears final votes on bill speeding federal drug OKs

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:11pm

The Senate is set to remove the last hurdles to legislation bolstering disease research and simplifying the government's pathway for pharmaceutical and medical device approvals as Congress heads toward closing out the year.

Bank of England chief: Prosperity must be better distributed

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:01pm

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that governments and industry must do their part to spur growth and ensure that prosperity is more equally distributed to counter a rising tide of insecurity and anxiety.

Pennsylvania district attorney's office is hit by cybercrime

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:52pm

A Pennsylvania prosecutor's office and two businesses were among hundreds of thousands of victims of an international cybercrime operation disabled by federal authorities and the European Union last week.

Trump taps former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:50pm

President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Latest: Tribal leader: Pipeline opponents should go home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:45pm

The Latest on the protest against the construction of the final section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. (all times local):

Doyle Owens, founder of unclaimed baggage store, dies at 85

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:41pm

The Alabama businessman who started a one-of-a-kind store selling the contents of unclaimed airline baggage has died.

Dallas mayor files lawsuit to stop pension withdrawals

Claudia Lauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:40pm

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from allowing retirees to pull their deferred retirement funds from the ailing system.

Trump's tariff plan hits a hurdle: Congressional Republicans

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:40pm

President-elect Donald Trump's plan to use steep tariffs to punish companies that move overseas is running into an obstacle: Congressional Republicans.

Appeals court agrees to delay GOP lawsuit over health law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

A federal appeals court has agreed to delay consideration of a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers over the Obama health care law. President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress plan to repeal and replace the law.

Italy's president asks Premier Renzi to delay stepping down until Parliament passes a budget law this month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:11pm

Italy's president asks Premier Renzi to delay stepping down until Parliament passes a budget law this month.

Black film studio in Florida given historic landmark status

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:11pm

A north Florida movie studio that produced silent-era films catering to an African-American audience has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

French presidential race heats up: A look at the candidates

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:10pm

France's presidential campaign is heating up, as candidates from the anti-immigrant far right to the Trotskyist far left join the race for election five months away.

Amazon Go store is checkout free

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:01pm

Amazon is testing a grocery store model in Seattle that works without checkout lines.

USGS records 5 earthquakes overnight in northern Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:41am

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded five small earthquakes in northern Oklahoma, including a magnitude 3.9 temblor near Pawnee where the state's largest earthquake was recorded in September.