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Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:52am

A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified.

California fire chief: State must adapt to new wildfire norm

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:48am

California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.

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Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Marcy Gordon and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:33am

Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks.

Stumbling bloc: How did Brexit become such a mess?

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:18am

Tuesday was supposed to be the day that Britain's battle over Brexit was resolved.

Organizers seek expanded boycott following mall shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:15am

Protesters demonstrating against the fatal police shooting of a black man at Alabama's largest shopping mall are trying to expand an economic boycott over the killing.

Ex-Bloomberg LP executive among those arrested in fraud case

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:05am

A former Bloomberg LP executive is among 13 people charged Tuesday in a pay-to-play scheme involving construction work at two of the company's Manhattan offices.

Hemp supporters cheer crop's inclusion in farm bill deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:04am

Hemp's supporters are cheering a final agreement on the federal farm bill that would legalize the crop that's making a comeback in Kentucky.

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:51am

A study organized by Time's Up, the organization formed to promote gender equality, has found that female-led films consistently outperform male-led movies at the box office.

Walker says Wisconsin governor's powers will remain strong

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:04am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that the powers of his Democratic replacement will remain among the strongest of any governor in the country, even if he signs bills fellow Republicans approved in a lame-duck legislative session.

Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:30am

Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts' Medicaid program.

Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:27am

Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.

Lawsuit: Gas company knew rig was unsafe before explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:11am

Drilling company officials ignored multiple warnings that safety equipment at an Oklahoma gas well was malfunctioning before an explosion that killed five workers and badly injured another, the family of one of the dead workers contends in a recent court filing.

Lawsuit filed over fatal Army helicopter crash in Maryland

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:57am

The wife of an Army specialist killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other soldiers who were critically injured sued Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut on Monday, alleging the tail rotor system was defective.

Massachusetts pilot who crashed during WWII accounted for

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:52am

A U.S. Army Air Forces pilot from Massachusetts whose plane crashed during World War II has been accounted for.

The Latest: Canadian minister comments on diplomat detention

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:45am

The Latest on the arrest in Canada of Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou. (all times local):

Former Ford Argentina executives sentenced in torture cases

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:44am

An Argentine court on Tuesday sentenced two former Ford Motor Co. executives to prison for helping agents of the country's former dictatorship round up 24 Argentine union workers who were tortured and held in military jails.

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Ellen Knickmeyer and John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:40am

The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and mining executives.

Grains mostly higher, Grains mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:39am

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

Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:34am

Online retailers are getting physical.

The Latest: Google CEO says no plans 'right now' for China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:29am

The Latest on Google CEO before Congress (all times local):