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Gov.-elect Little names budget chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:48pm

Gov.-elect Brad Little has named his budget chief.

Sewage from Mexico spill flows north into California waters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:39pm

Millions of gallons of raw sewage has spilled into Mexico's Tijuana River and is flowing north into California, fouling some beaches in San Diego County, where swimmers and surfers were urged to stay out of the ocean.

New Jersey sports betting market closing in on $1B mark

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:31pm

New Jersey's sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation.

Georgia governor: Railroad company Norfolk Southern is moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:59am

Georgia governor: Railroad company Norfolk Southern is moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta.

US Attorney says National Enquirer parent company won't be prosecuted over efforts to protect Trump during 2016 campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:53am

US Attorney says National Enquirer parent company won't be prosecuted over efforts to protect Trump during 2016 campaign.

Chicago mayor's pension fix includes legal marijuana, casino

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:52am

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to legalize marijuana and open a city-owned casino to help pay down the city's $28 billion public-pension debt.

Italy lowers deficit in revised budget to avoid EU sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:48am

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has presented a revised budget to the European Union that proposes a lower deficit than an earlier version in a bid to avoid costly sanctions.

Prosecutors seek prison time for former bank execs

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:47am

Prosecutors are seeking prison time for four former executives of the only financial institution criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program.

Hungary approves law on new courts under close govt control

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:43am

Hungary's parliament has approved the creation of a new court system to deal with matters related to public administration.

Tencent Music shares rise on first trading day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:31am

Shares in Chinese streaming music giant Tencent Music Entertainment are up 7 percent to $13.90 in afternoon trading Thursday, their first day of trade

The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:29am

The Latest on California wildfires all times local):

Toyota recalls 70,000 vehicles to replace air bag inflators

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:13am

Toyota is recalling about 70,000 Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles in North America to replace air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.

Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 11:13am

Cuban entrepreneurs and artists are welcoming a series of government decisions to soften laws that they said would have sharply limited private enterprise and artistic expression.

Bad review? Owners should address online reviewers' concerns

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:53am

Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.

You got a bad review online? Some tips on how to handle it

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:53am

Negative online reviews may be hard for small businesses to avoid — even companies with many happy customers can get panned. Marketing consultants, who help companies keep a positive image, say owners should never ignore a bad review, and instead use their best customer service skills to mitigate the damage:

Governor: Norfolk Southern moving headquarters to Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:49am

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says railroad company Norfolk Southern Corp. is moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta.

OMG: California regulators consider charge on text messaging

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:48am

California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.

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

Stephen Braun, Jeff Horwitz and Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:45am

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.

Google grilled in Congress: What's ahead for tech companies

Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke and Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:29am

U.S. lawmakers' grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month.