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Texas couple charged with imprisoning, not paying nanny

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:41am

A Houston-area couple is accused of forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay for two years and seizing her passport.

After challenging holiday, Sears to speed up store closings

Michelle Chapman and Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:40am

Sears keeps pruning its business in a years-long makeover, a bid to transform itself from a 123-year-old retail store into a nimble, 21st century operator.

The Latest: GM, UAW pledge $3M for Flint's water crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:11am

The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):

Gov't report: 8 states had significant drop in uninsured

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:11am

Eight states saw a significant drop last year in the number of residents going without health insurance, according to a government report out Tuesday that has implications for the presidential campaign.

Sanofi reports flat 2015 earnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:50am

French drug maker Sanofi says its bottom line was roughly stable last year as it advanced efforts to reshape its drug portfolio and pursue research and development tie-ups in oncology and diabetes.

US stocks open slightly lower; Japan's market slumps

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:50am

Stocks are opening modestly lower in the U.S., led by declines in energy companies and banks.

Oil supply seen outpacing demand, capping price

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:50am

The International Energy Agency says oil supply is set to outpace demand this year, keeping a lid on any expected price increases.

Goodyear reports 4Q loss on hefty charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:40am

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Tuesday swung to a fourth-quarter loss on charges and tire sales fell, but the results still topped Wall Street expectations.

Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:21am

President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that's freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency.

McDowell County to cut 30 school jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:41am

McDowell County school administrators say 30 jobs are being eliminated next school year due to declining student enrollment and a decrease in state funding.

US businesses post more open jobs; quits rise to 9-year high

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:40am

U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months.

Pennsylvania stuck in historic budget gridlock

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:30am

Pennsylvania government will set a modern state record for budget gridlock on Tuesday when Gov. Tom Wolf sends lawmakers a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the current fiscal year that began back in July.

Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:30am

One of North America's biggest makers of aluminum foil is seeking bankruptcy protection, saying it plans to halt production at a southeastern Missouri smelter within weeks.

Obama administration plans new high-level cyber official

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:30am

The Obama administration is creating a new high-level federal official to coordinate cybersecurity across civilian agencies and to work with military and intelligence counterparts, as part of its 2017 budget proposal announced Tuesday.

CEO reassures Deutsche Bank is 'rock-solid' as shares sink

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:11am

Deutsche Bank co-CEO John Cryan is reassuring employees and the markets that Germany's largest lender remains "rock-solid" even though its shares have taken a beating.

US wholesale businesses trim stockpiles in December

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:11am

U.S. wholesale businesses cut their stockpiles and registered lower sales for the third straight month in December.

NC regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:00am

North Carolina environmental regulators say they're fining the country's largest electric company nearly $7 million for pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014.

Fortis buying electric transmission company ITC for $6.9B

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:50am

Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business.

Private school tuition bill passes first hurdle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:20am

A bill that would expand a new state tax-credit system that pays for scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools has passed a hurdle.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:11am

State officials are seeking public comment on a proposed gold mining project just north of Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the Montana officials are accepting public input on an application from Crevice Mining Group. The company based out of Spokane, Washington says the exploration project would cost about $1.1 million and disturb 7 acres of surface.