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The Latest: Flint mayor discusses lead-pipe removal plan

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

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

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

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:20am

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

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:20am

President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists.

Global volume up for Coke, though Diet Coke fizzles

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:50am

Coca-Cola's global soda volume rose in the fourth quarter, even as Diet Coke continued to suffer declines.

The Latest: Greek stock market sinks to lowest since 1989

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

The latest on the turmoil afflicting global financial markets (all times local):

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: Intelligence chief warns of more terror attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:21am

The Latest on the worldwide threat assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies (all times local):

Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

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

Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.

Fortis buying electric transmission company ITC for $6.9B

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

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.

Red Lobster enjoys sales surge after mention in Beyonce song

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

Red Lobster is feeling the "Beyonce Bounce."

Rural Williston voters deciding fate of proposed new school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:10am

Voters in the district encompassing rural schools around Williston are deciding the fate of a proposed new facility.

Suspension of Turkey flights costs Russian airports heavily

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:10am

A top official at Russia's busiest airport says the halt or reduction of flights to Turkey, Ukraine and Egypt over the past three months has cost the country's airports six billion rubles ($77 million).

Grain mixed, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:10am

Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

IRS grants long-delayed tax exempt status to Crossroads GPS

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:01am

The Internal Revenue Service has granted tax-exempt status to one of the best-known and best-funded politically active nonprofit organizations, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies.

Obama sends record $4.1 trillion spending plan to Congress to combat terror threats, global warming.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:01am

Obama sends record $4.1 trillion spending plan to Congress to combat terror threats, global warming.

Obama administration plans new high-level cyber official

Tami Abdollah, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 9:01am

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.

Drop in uninsured Americans, a challenge to Republicans

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:51am

Eight U.S. 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.

Ikea recalls ceiling lamps for risk of falling glass shades

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:50am

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling two types of ceiling lamps because of a risk that the glass shades might fall and injure people.

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.