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German union puts airport security strikes on hold for now

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:14am

A German union that has called a string of disruptive strikes by airport security staff says it won't hold any further walkouts ahead of and during pay talks next week.

TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday's peak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:09am

but still at unusually high numbers — just before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds.

Nissan to cut up to 700 contract workers in Mississippi

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:06am

Nissan Motor Co. says it's cutting up to 700 contract workers at its Mississippi assembly plant, citing slow sales for Titan pickup trucks and vans.

EU lawmakers seek cuts for nations reneging on rule of law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:05am

Amid deep concerns about the rule of law in Hungary and Poland, European Union lawmakers want to suspend EU funds to states that interfere in their courts or fail to tackle corruption.

Pole held for China spying worked on security for pope visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:03am

A Polish radio station reports that a cybersecurity expert charged with spying for China cooperated with the government on the security of the 2016 visit by Pope Francis and hundreds of thousands of young people.

Maryland explores quick way to approve sports betting

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:58am

Maryland lawmakers are exploring a quick way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020.

Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:42am

President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign.

Google to invest in solar farms in Tennessee, Alabama

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:36am

Google plans to invest in Tennessee and Alabama solar farms under a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Shopko files for bankruptcy protection, closing more stores including 13 in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:29am

Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection as it makes plans to close more stores.

The Latest: House passes latest attempt to reopen govt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:58am

The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local):

US average mortgage rates steady; 30-year stays at 4.45 pct.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:56am

U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week, after falling for six straight weeks to reach their lowest levels in nine months.

The Latest: Phoenix police locate mother of dead newborn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:51am

The Latest on a dead newborn found at an Amazon facility (all times local):

Romanian coal miners end strike after government hikes wages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:45am

Romanian coal miners have ended a weeklong strike after the energy minister offered them wage hikes and other perks.

Grains mixed, Livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:40am

Grain futures were mixed Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

US stocks edge higher as health care and industrials rise

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:34am

U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as health care and industrial companies rise. Banks are slipping as Morgan Stanley drops after its fourth-quarter results fell short of Wall Street's expectations. Smaller companies are making bigger gains than the rest of the market after they suffered outsize losses in late 2018.

Trump says US will develop space-based missile defense

Deb Riechmann and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:07am

Declaring that space is the new warfighting domain, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and cruise missile threats from competitors and adversaries.

Beer makers, thirsty for growth, push into cannabis market

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:02am

The makers of Budweiser, Coors and other large-scale brewers are placing their bets on cannabis as a way to fight saturated markets and shifting consumer trends.

Markets Right Now: Stocks flat as banks slide

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 7:42am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Phoenix police: Dead newborn found in Amazon site's restroom

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 7:25am

A newborn baby girl was found dead in a women's restroom inside an Amazon distribution center and investigators have located and spoken with the mother, Phoenix police said Thursday.