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College official gets 6 years for stealing $7.5 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 3:17pm

A former St. Louis Community College employee was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for stealing more than $7.5 million from a program designed to provide job training.

Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:34pm

The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign.

Swarovski crystals, $900 cabernet and a Buttigieg fundraiser

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 2:28pm

The Hall Rutherford wine caves in the hills of California's Napa Valley boast a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals, an onyx banquet table to reflect its luminescence and bottles of cabernet sauvignon that sell for as much as $900.

‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 1:06pm

When Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in 2012, there were lofty expectations of reviving “Star Wars” in spectacular hyper-speed fashion with a new trilogy that continued the story of Luke Skywalker and other beloved characters.

Wells Fargo to get millions for U. of Iowa utility deal

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:59pm

One of the world's largest banks will reap a windfall from the University of Iowa's multi-billion-dollar plan to outsource its utility operations before students or faculty see any benefit from the deal.

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:28pm

U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.

Brazilians arrive in waves at the US-Mexico border

Cedar Attanasio and Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 12:28pm

Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he'd be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis.

Anonymous donations pay off $70K in layaway purchases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:59am

Walmart shoppers in Alabama got a happy holiday surprise when donations paid off $70,000 in layaway purchases at two stores, the company said Friday.

3 of 4 men kidnapped from oil tanker off Africa released

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:55am

Three of four crew members who were kidnapped by pirates from a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo last month have been released, while the fourth has died, the vessel's managing company said Friday.

Losing Grimsby: Working-class towns desert UK's Labour Party

Alex Turnbull and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:35am

Like the North Sea cod that was their livelihood, Conservative voters in the fishing town of Grimsby once seemed in danger of disappearing.

AP FACT CHECK: Bloomberg says he's killing coal. He's not

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:28am

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg broadly, repeatedly — and wrongly — took a huge amount of credit Friday for driving the U.S. coal industry to its knees.

General Motors to invest $1.5 billion in Missouri plant

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 11:01am

General Motors will invest $1.5 billion to make what it calls the “next generation” of mid-sized pickup trucks at its plant near St. Louis, the company’s president said Friday.

Retailers Call China Trade Agreement ‘Right Direction’ But Say a Final Deal is Needed

Business Wire, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:57am

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Hasbro rolls out official Baby Yoda toys

Leah Asmelash, CNN  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:52am

It's what we've all been waiting for.

Grains mostly higher, livestock mixed.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:44am

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

WWII veteran, 94, to get his college degree 73 years later

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 10:31am

A World War II veteran will graduate from the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, more than 70 years after he first enrolled.

Post offices to be named for Marilyn Monroe, Ritchie Valens

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:42am

President Donald Trump has signed resolutions renaming two post offices in the Los Angeles area in honor of Marilyn Monroe and rock ’n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens.

Unions striking for Alitalia fix ground hundreds of flights

Giada Zampano, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 9:24am

Hundreds of international and domestic flights in Italy were cancelled Friday as air transport workers held a nationwide strike to protest feared firings and salary cuts at troubled national carrier Alitalia.

EU leaders include nuclear energy in green transition

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 13th - 8:59am

European Union leaders agreed Friday that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc's solution to making its economy carbon neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries.