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Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

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.

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Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:33am

Only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a poll.

Emails: LGBT law cost N. Carolina project with 700 jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:30am

Internal emails show that city and state officials blame a North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections for a company's decision to pick another state for a new project that includes 700 jobs.

FCC: AT&T, Verizon shouldn't exempt own apps from data caps

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:20am

U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones.

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House passes $611 billion policy defense bill by wide margin

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama's key proposals for managing the nation's vast military enterprise.

Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:10am

The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend.

No more 'Melania Trump' underwear or honey for Slovenians

Ali Zerdin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:01am

No more Melania Trump honey, cakes, shoes and underwear for Slovenians.

Markets Right Now: Stocks edge mostly higher in midday trade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

Death threats and abuse for woman leading Brexit court fight

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:00am

Gina Miller is paying the price for going to court.

China to US: Avoid politics in purchase of Germany's Aixtron

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:52am

China appealed to Washington and Berlin to avoid injecting politics into the proposed takeover of a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment following a report President Obama plans to oppose it as a security risk.

Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:31am

Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II.

Trump voter lost her home to new Treasury secretary

Josh Boak and Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:30am

When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.

How a Trump administration could shape the internet

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:30am

not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.

Where Americans found jobs: Offices, clinics, construction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:20am

If you were looking for a job last month, you might have found plenty of opportunities in white-collar offices, health care, construction and restaurants.

Freezing weather blamed for deaths, road delays in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:03am

Technicians worked across Poland to restore power to some 180,000 households on Friday as the freezing weather that has gripped the country for a month claimed two more lives.

Stocks move mostly higher as big dividend payers jump

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:02am

Stocks are mostly higher Friday thanks to gains for companies that pay large dividends. Real estate and phone companies are rising. Banks are slipping after a huge rally over the last few weeks. Bond prices rose after a string of steep declines, sending yields lower. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed at a record high a day ago, is down slightly.

Grain higher, livestock lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 9:01am

Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Tempers flare, as campaign aides assess still-raw 2016 race

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:50am

Tempers flared and political fault-lines were inflamed, as aides to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton gathered for their first meeting since Election Day.

Canyon County commissioners kill plan to expand jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:31am

Canyon County will not be expanding its jail but officials say they will consider a new bond proposal for a new facility next year.

Incoming Treasury Sec. Mnuchin steps down from Sears board

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:30am

Steven Mnuchin, who was nominated by Donald Trump as the next Treasury secretary, is stepping down from the board at Sears.