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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.

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.

Minnesota lawmakers discuss reining in soaring insulin costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:23am

Minnesota lawmakers are considering steps they could take to rein in the soaring cost of insulin, which one couple says has become so expensive that their diabetic son could no longer afford it and died.

Putnam Investments Launches “Always Active” — a Broad-Based Campaign Emphasizing That Investing Should Always Be an Ac

Putnam Investments, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 10:03am

seeking to outperform benchmarks and looking for opportunities in changing markets — when building a diversified investment portfolio.

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:47am

Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll, even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.

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

Barbara Ortutay, Michael Liedtke and Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:33am

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.

Michigan governor signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:26am

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing a panel to oversee a hotly disputed tunnel that will house an oil pipeline beneath the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

US officials: China poses serious national security threat

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:19am

Cyber threats from China and its theft of intellectual property from American companies pose large economic and national security challenges for the United States, national security officials said Wednesday.

Search enters 4th day for 3 at West Virginia coal mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 9:06am

Search efforts have entered a fourth day for three missing people at a nonoperational coal mine in West Virginia.

AP Interview: Jones says farmers scared by Trump's tariffs

Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:44am

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones says President Donald Trump's talk of tariffs is sparking questions and anxiety back home in Alabama, including from soybean farmers who are "scared to death."

Grains higher, Grains higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:39am

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

Malaysia's Proton launches first SUV with China's Geely

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:31am

Malaysian national car maker Proton launched its first sports utility vehicle on Wednesday in a fresh effort to transform its stale brand and turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company.

Global stocks jump as technology and energy companies rise

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:24am

Global stock indexes jumped Wednesday to reverse some of their big losses from the week before. In the U.S., technology companies rallied and energy companies rose along with crude oil prices. Health care and industrial companies also jumped, while safer, high-dividend stocks like utilities and household goods makers were little changed.

Croatia's purchase of Israeli jets stalled over US approval

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:23am

A Croatian deal to buy 12 used F-16 jets from Israel worth $500 million could be in jeopardy if the US does not approve of the sale, officials said Wednesday.

Spice spat: Old Bay sues New Bae for trademark infringement

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:23am

A clash of seasonings is looming in federal court, as Maryland's Old Bay seeks to protect its trademark in a lawsuit against another spice blend, New Bae.

The Latest: Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:15am

The Latest on the sentencing of Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Donald Trump (all times local):

Company removes 'Made in China' desks after contract flap

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:14am

A company has removed Chinese-made office furniture it delivered to a Michigan courthouse following a six-month legal battle with officials who wanted American-made products.

For retailers, the smartphone is future of store experience

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:02am

Just a few years ago, retailers considered smartphones the enemy of the in-store experience they were trying to create. Customers often whipped out their device to compare prices online and then walked out of the store to buy the same product elsewhere.

Report: China could allow more access for foreign companies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 7:47am

A media reports suggest Beijing is scrapping its "Made in China" industrial policy criticized by the Trump administration in favor of one that allows greater access for foreign companies.