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Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:21pm

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Wednesday with tampering with the final audit report into a defunct state investment fund, adding to a long list of corruption allegations against him since his ouster in May elections.

Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn's co-accused

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:52pm

Lawyers for Greg Kelly, the American executive arrested last month with Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn's pay, protested his prolonged stay in Japanese detention Wednesday.

Southern California officials OK Colorado River drought plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:24pm

Southern California's largest water wholesaler has approved a drought contingency plan that it hopes will help ensure the drought-stressed Colorado River will supply the Southwest for a decade.

AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they pushed

Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:32pm

At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration's new real estate investment program, which offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan's strongest supporters.

AP investigation finds Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner could profit from Opportunity Zone developer tax break they pushed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:31pm

AP investigation finds Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner could profit from Opportunity Zone developer tax break they pushed.

Michigan Legislature passes Great Lakes oil pipeline bill

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:43pm

The Michigan Legislature approved a bill Tuesday that would allow the replacement of a 65-year-old oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes waterway, voting to create a state authority that would oversee the construction of a tunnel to encase a new segment of pipe.

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio files defamation suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:43pm

Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $300 million against three news organizations, alleging their inaccurate references to his criminal case have hurt his chances at possibly running in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John McCain.

Mexico cancels February bidding round on oil concessions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:15pm

The Mexican government has announced that it will cancel a planned round of bidding on oil exploration concessions.

Communities sue over Michigan's tough lead rules for water

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:07pm

Local governments and utilities sued the state of Michigan Tuesday over its implementation of the nation's toughest drinking water rules for lead, saying they support strong action against public exposure to the toxin but find the new rules arbitrary and too costly for the communities left to foot the bill for the work to be done.

A Canadian judge has granted bail to a Chinese executive facing possible extradition to the U.S.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:05pm

A Canadian judge has granted bail to a Chinese executive facing possible extradition to the U.S.

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:49pm

A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.

Chao announces $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:29pm

The Transportation Department announced Tuesday that it will disperse $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the country.

The Latest: LA-area development approved in high fire zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:07pm

The Latest on a massive housing development proposed in rugged mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles (all times local):

New head of watchdog agency vows consumers will be top focus

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:49pm

The new head of the U.S. consumer watchdog agency says she doesn't have immediate targets in mind for rolling back actions taken by her controversial predecessor, and will put protecting consumers in the forefront while also encouraging financial innovation.

The Latest: Former Cuomo economic guru sentenced to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:45pm

The Latest on the sentencing of Alain Kaloyeros in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial (all times local):

The Latest: Senate passes bill to fund agriculture, food aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:45pm

The Latest on the farm bill (all times local):

Senate passes bill to reauthorize farm programs and food aid for the next five years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:38pm

Senate passes bill to reauthorize farm programs and food aid for the next five years.

US military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:35pm

The U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.

General Motors, WPP rise; Stitch Fix, CalAmp fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:33pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

Top border security official defends use of tear gas

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:29pm

The nation's top border security official told skeptical senators Tuesday that the use of tear gas on a group of migrants that included children was justified to manage a chaotic clash where a crowd was hurling rocks at agents and trying to illegally cross into the U.S.