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Japan downgrades growth estimate for July-Sept to 1.3 pct

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 6:10pm

Japan has reported its economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated in July to September, expanding at an annual pace of 1.3 percent.

Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business

Susan Haigh and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 5:50pm

President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administration.

Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

Duke Energy said Wednesday that neighbors of unlined coal ash pits, who fear pollution of their water wells, will be offered compensation for depressed property values and new costs for municipal water.

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

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:50pm

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

Alaska Airlines settles lawsuit against Virgin America deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:40pm

Alaska Airlines has removed its last major hurdle to buying Virgin America.

Utah governor releases $16B budget plan for upcoming year

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:30pm

Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday released a $16 billion budget plan for the upcoming year that tries to stem high turnover among prison guards and corrections workers and pay for 10,000 more students in Utah schools. to start collecting sales tax from Utah buyers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:20pm

State tax officials say they've struck an agreement with where the online retailer will start collecting sales tax on purchases made by Utah residents.

Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:20pm

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.

Trian, hungry for more, takes a bigger bite of Wendy's

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 4:11pm

Wendy's shares rose nearly 5 percent after Trian Fund Management increased its stake in the burger chain.

Pennsylvania levels $3.5 million fine against gas driller

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:51pm

Pennsylvania environmental regulators have fined a natural-gas driller more than $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations.

Packaged seafood company exec charged in price-fixing probe

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:40pm

A senior executive with Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing scheme, federal prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a continuing investigation into the packaged seafood industry.

EU official hopeful for trade deal under Trump presidency

Maria Danilova, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:33pm

A senior European Union official on Wednesday expressed hope that the incoming Trump administration will continue talks on a comprehensive free trade agreement with Europe.

Democrats: Congress stiffing city on Donald Trump's security

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:31pm

Congress is shortchanging the city by proposing to reimburse just $7 million — a fifth of the city's request — for protecting Republican President-elect Donald Trump, the mayor said Wednesday.

A broad rally drives Dow, S&P 500 indexes to record highs

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:31pm

The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 indexes soared to their biggest gains since the presidential election on Wednesday and set all-time highs. Investors bought stocks that do well in times of faster economic growth, like technology and industrial companies, but they also snapped up stocks that pay large dividends.

Black employees file discrimination suit against CNN, Turner

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:21pm

Current and former black employees of Time Warner, owner of Turner networks including CNN, TNT and TBS, have filed a class-action racial discrimination suit against the company.

Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:14pm

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed.

The Latest: Lawyers puzzle Duke Energy coal ash compensation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:11pm

The Latest on Duke Energy's plans to compensate neighbors of North Carolina coal ash pits facing depressed property values as a result of feared groundwater pollution. (all times local):

Private university graduate students begin unionization vote

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:01pm

Columbia University graduate students, who helped lead a nationwide fight over the labor rights of teaching and research assistants on college campuses, began voting Wednesday on whether to form a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers.

Brooke Shields' gift list sweetens sales for Vermont syrup

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:52pm

Brooke Shields' gift list is sweetening a Vermont family farm's sale of maple syrup.