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Death toll in China's 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 8:31pm

Thirty-two miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported.

Timeline of China-Taiwan relations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 7:01pm

China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the 1940s, but China claims sovereignty over the island and insists the two sides eventually unify. The status of Taiwan became an issue this weekend after President-elect Donald Trump broke with long-standing tradition and directly spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, drawing an irritated response from China.

OPEC agrees to cut output in bid to push up oil price

George Jahn and Kiyoko Metzler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:53pm

Breaking with years of inaction, OPEC agreed Wednesday to cut its oil output for the first time since 2008. The move effectively scraps its strategy of squeezing U.S. competition through high supply that had backfired by lowering prices and draining the cartel's own economies.

Wal-Mart where 3 died when truck hit store to reopen Sunday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:40pm

The Iowa Wal-Mart where three people died after a pickup truck crashed into the store plans to reopen on Sunday.

Navy christens submarine USS Colorado in shipyard ceremony

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 5:20pm

Annie Mabus smashed a bottle of sparkling wine from a Denver vineyard against the Navy's newest attack submarine Saturday, christening it the Colorado as the vessel prepares to join a fleet expected to number more than 300 ships by 2019.

Woman talked on phone with rescuers after building collapsed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:11pm

The 22-year-old woman who was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in South Dakota was on the phone with rescuers and her parents for hours and she provided crucial information as they tried to find her.

Keys, lightbulbs tied to Thomas Edison sell at auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 4:01pm

Keys to the New Jersey lab where Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and some of the lightbulbs that he perfected sold for more than $60,000 at auction on Saturday.

Biggest union reaches deal with California government

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:51pm

California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

As transit fares soar, NYC advocates push for discounts

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:32pm

For most New Yorkers, subways and buses are necessities of city living that fall right behind food, clothing and shelter. But with the price of 30-day MetroCard transit pass at $116.50, and possibly primed to rise as high as $121, they're also on the verge of becoming unaffordable for the 1.7 million city residents living in poverty.

Emergency officials: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 2:12pm

The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis.

The Latest: North Dakota governor, tribal chairman to meet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:31pm

The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):

Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:31pm

Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump.

For now, Trump bears signs of a dealmaker, not a policymaker

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 1:30pm

He phones. He kibitzes. He cajoles. He threatens. He rewards.

Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants

Russell Contreras and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:50pm

Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump.

McConnell cautions replacement to health law to take time

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:00pm

The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday.

Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

Paola Flores and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:30am

The U.S. could downgrade the country's aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to this week's crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, Bolivia's Defense Minister said Saturday.

Correction: Oil Pipeline-Protest-Lynch story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:40am

In a story Dec. 2 about Attorney General Loretta Lynch's video statement on the Dakota Access pipeline protests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Lynch did not refer to her call with the Morton County sheriff. Her written statement did refer to that call.

Police: 'Postal Grinch' caught opening post office packages

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:31am

A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages.

Friendly moose befriends 2 cows on Vermont farm

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:31am

A Vermont couple has chased off a moose that appeared to be bonding with their two cows on a Sheldon farm because they didn't want it to get injured, stuck in their barn or damage their fences.