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Trump's choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

Thomas Beaumont and Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:20am

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner.

Surgeon General calls youth vaping a public health threat

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:13am

The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning

Joan Lowy and David Dishneau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 1:12am

The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road.

Trump criticizes union leader critical of Indiana deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40am

President-elect Donald Trump is slamming a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico.

Trump's one-time policy adviser in Moscow for meetings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:20am

Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti says an ex-foreign policy adviser of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is visiting Moscow to meet businessmen and politicians.

Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:10pm

The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family.

Michael Jordan wins China court ruling after years-long case

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:02pm

China's highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of basketball legend Michael Jordan at the culmination of a years-long case over use of the Chinese rendering of his globally-known name and trademark.

China trade in November rebounds from slump

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:00pm

China's exports grew in November for the first time in nine months while imports also rose in a sign global and domestic demand are recovering.

Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:20pm

Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Asian stocks advance ahead of ECB decision

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:22pm

Asian shares rose on Thursday after an overnight surge on U.S. markets. Investors were focused on the European Central Bank's meeting later in the day.

China's November import, export growth both rebound from contraction in a sign of stronger global, domestic demand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:21pm

China's November import, export growth both rebound from contraction in a sign of stronger global, domestic demand.

DiCaprio meets with Trump on green jobs to boost economy

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 9:10pm

Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centered on preserving the environment can boost the economy.

Asian stocks advance ahead of ECB decision

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:42pm

Asian shares rose on Thursday after an overnight surge on U.S. markets. Investors were focused the European Central Bank's meeting later in the day.

New York restaurant threatened by Pizzagate hoax callers

Tom McElroy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:41pm

A popular New York restaurant has become the latest victim of a fake-news conspiracy about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

Congress cracks down on 'bots' that snap up concert tickets

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 8:31pm

Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events and concerts.

Trump's choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

Thomas Beaumont and Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:41pm

It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner.

Japan downgrades growth estimate for July-Sept to 1.3 pct

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:22pm

Japan's economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated in the July to September quarter, expanding at an annual pace of 1.3 percent.

Video company challenges gay marriage law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 7:11pm

The owners of a video company have filed a legal challenge to Minnesota's gay marriage law because they want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only.

Oklahoma lawmaker wants armed officers in private schools

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:20pm

An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to slash the costs of obtaining and renewing handgun permits, place armed police officers in private schools and allow the governor and top elected officials to carry guns.