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Airbnb making new push for smoke, carbon monoxide alarms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 9:30am

Airbnb wants more of its rental properties to have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Consumer financial watchdog abandons name change plan

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 9:30am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is abandoning a controversial renaming plan, in one of the first big decisions by its new permanent director.

Uber says it will appeal UK Court of Appeal decision in gig economy case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 9:18am

Uber says it will appeal UK Court of Appeal decision in gig economy case .

Grains lower, Livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 9:09am

Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Uber loses UK case on worker rights, expected to appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 9:04am

Lawyers say the taxi hailing app Uber has lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers in a case with broad implications for the gig economy.

British union says Uber has lost appeal in landmark case concerning gig economy workers; new appeal expected

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:47am

British union says Uber has lost appeal in landmark case concerning gig economy workers; new appeal expected.

Panel explains ruling on proposed Indiana abortion clinic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:27am

Indiana officials say they rejected a nonprofit's request to open an abortion clinic because necessary information wasn't disclosed on an application.

US stocks rise before Federal Reserve meeting; oil rebounds

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:16am

U.S. stocks are climbing Wednesday morning as a modest recovery in oil prices pulls energy companies slightly higher following huge losses a day earlier.

Mexican president wants US to grant more work visas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:12am

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he hopes to negotiate more U.S. work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans.

Senate GOP leader McConnell says he will introduce bill to fund government through Feb. 8 and avoid partial shutdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:09am

Senate GOP leader McConnell says he will introduce bill to fund government through Feb. 8 and avoid partial shutdown.

Colbert jokingly claims severance denied to ex-CBS boss

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:07am

Stephen Colbert is laying claim to the $120 million in severance that CBS' board of directors said wouldn't be paid to ousted former CEO Leslie Moonves — at least half of it.

US home sales rose 1.9 percent in November

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:02am

U.S. home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago amid growing affordability pressures.

US home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 8:01am

US home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago.

Romania to upgrade its armed forces over next decade

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 7:46am

Romania's top defense body has agreed to upgrade the country's armed forces and equipment in the next decade.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 7:43am

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UN food program announces service cuts to Palestinians

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 7:35am

The United Nations' World Food Program says it will be cutting services to nearly 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip due to a lack of funding.

Greece: France wins new round on Russian cybercrime suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 7:16am

Greece's supreme court has accepted a French extradition request for a Russian bitcoin fraud suspect, whom the same court has, confusingly, already agreed to extradite to the U.S. and Russia.

Poland signs 20-year deal to buy natural gas from the US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 7:11am

Poland has signed a long-term deal with a U.S. company for supplies of liquefied natural gas as part of an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

16 crew rescued from cargo ship that ran aground off Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 7:07am

Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours.