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Maduro's grip on Venezuela tightens, warns of Trump threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:09pm

Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has further consolidated power in local elections, while accusing President Donald Trump of plotting to overthrow him.

Following Perry's lead, Kid Rock pays off $81K in layaways

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:23pm

Singer Kid Rock says he followed the lead of actor Tyler Perry by paying off the layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee.

Musk suggests Tesla's new chairwoman won't rein him in

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 5:33pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company's new chairwoman can exert control over his behavior.

Search begins for 4 missing at West Virginia coal mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 5:30pm

A West Virginia mine rescue team is searching for four people reported missing at an underground coal mine.

Macron to break silence, address French nation amid protests

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:26pm

Pressure mounted on French President Emmanuel Macron to announce concrete measures to calm protests marked by violence when he addresses the nation Monday evening, and breaks a long silence widely seen as aggravating a crisis that has shaken the government and the whole country.

Think tank: Russia emerges as world's No. 2 arms producer

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:05pm

A Swedish think tank said Monday that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States. Russia surpassed Britain, which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe's No. 1 arms maker.

Mexico starts oil industry 'rescue' with refinery overhaul

Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:37pm

Mexico's new government detailed plans Sunday to build an $8 billion oil refinery in the home state of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and to renovate six others as the oil-producing country attempts to lower its dependence on imported fuel.

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:22pm

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.

Deschutes River to be featured on 'forever' stamp in 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:53pm

A scenic Oregon river will be honored with a stamp next year.

Israeli military chief, UN commander in Lebanon talk tunnels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:55pm

Israel's military chief has met with the head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to discuss the discovery of a series of tunnels Israel says was built by Hezbollah to carry out attacks.

'Ralph' tops box office again, 'Aquaman' is a hit in China

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:37pm

In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film "Aquaman" arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters.

Seattle homes attract fewer multiple bids as market cools

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:58am

Prospective home buyers in Seattle as late as last year faced the prospect of entering bidding wars or getting edged out by competitors with cash. That's not the case anymore.

Average US price of gas drops 22 cents per gallon to $2.51

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:49am

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 22 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks, to $2.51.

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:16am

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power.

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:24am

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

German railway workers' union calls strike over pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:52am

A labor union representing German railway workers is calling on its members to go on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal on pay.

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest detention of Huawei executive in Canada at Washington's behest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:15am

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest detention of Huawei executive in Canada at Washington's behest.

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:58am

The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:39am

Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing.