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In farewell, Ryan sees solutions if 'politics will allow it'

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:42pm

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan is bemoaning America's "broken politics" in a farewell speech in which he calls Washington's failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs "our greatest unfinished business."

Consumer groups allege Google misleads kids in FTC complaint

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:07pm

Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google's app store for smartphones running on its Android software.

Fed is expected to raise rates while Trump presses criticism

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:07pm

The Federal Reserve is expected Wednesday to raise its benchmark rate for a fourth time this year despite President Donald Trump's repeated assertions that doing so would be a terrible idea.

Trust for US bondholders sues Venezuela over defaulted debt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:30pm

A trust representing holders of Venezuelan bonds filed suit in New York federal court Tuesday demanding payment on more than $34 million in unpaid debt.

The Latest: Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 7:09pm

The Latest on negotiations over funding President Donald Trump wants for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and the possibility of a partial government shutdown (all times local):

The Latest: Kentucky House adjourns without passing pension

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 6:03pm

The Latest on a special legislative session called to vote on changes to the state's pension systems (all times local):

SoftBank mobile subsidiary has bitter debut on Tokyo market

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:36pm

SoftBank Group Corp.'s Japanese mobile subsidiary suffered a bitter debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday, slumping 15 percent, hurt by a recent service outage and concerns about the use of parts from Chinese telecom Huawei.

SoftBank Group Corp.'s Japanese mobile subsidiary begins trading on Tokyo Stock Exchange

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:30pm

SoftBank Group Corp.'s Japanese mobile subsidiary begins trading on Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Wetlands, lakes would lose protections under Michigan bill

John Flesher and David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:24pm

Michigan legislators were poised Tuesday to remove legal protections from many of the state's wetlands and other inland waterways, which provide wildlife habitat and perform vital tasks such as preventing floods.

Judge lifts order blocking Houston firefighter pay measure

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:22pm

A judge on Tuesday lifted a court order blocking the implementation of a new charter amendment that would give Houston's firefighters pay parity with city police officers, but the mayor says the raise would cost the city up to $100 million and result in hundreds of layoffs.

Booze cruise battle: Booted from NYC dock, owner sees racism

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:04pm

Dwayne Braithwaite is a rarity in New York City's sightseeing cruise industry: a black owner whose raucous party boats are filled with mostly black patrons from the city's West Indian community.

UK business groups plead for deal to prevent no-deal Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:04pm

Britain's five leading business groups are pleading with the government to act to prevent the country's departure from the European Union without a deal.

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:48pm

Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday.

Texas AG, universities face suit over Israel boycott law

Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:38pm

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit over a state law requiring contractors to certify that they do not boycott Israel or Israel-controlled territories, arguing the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods.

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:34pm

President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown.

Gambling capital: DC votes to legalize sports betting

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:06pm

City lawmakers in Washington have voted to legalize sports betting, making the nation's capital the first U.S. jurisdiction without casinos to authorize sports books.

New entrant to NJ sports betting; FanDuel, Draft Kings deals

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:58pm

The legal U.S. sports betting market continues to grow by the day, with separate deals announced Tuesday involving New Jersey, West Virginia and a national NBA partnership.

Social media and misinformation: It's a game of whack-a-mole

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:36pm

It's a high-stakes game of whack-a-mole with no end in sight.

FedEx plans buyouts after weak international 2Q shipping

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:26pm

FedEx Corp. delivered a disappointing earnings report Tuesday and said it plans to offer buyouts to some of its workers and reduce spending to make up for weak international shipping, especially in Europe.

Uber approved to resume autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:13pm

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.