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Impeachment another hurdle for Democrat on GOP turf

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:38pm

In the midst of a difficult harvest slowed by muddy fields, Jeff Ampe wasn’t thinking much about elections or impeachment. When prodded on his congressman, he’s all positive: Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, he says, has done “a good job for agriculture, standing up for us all the time.”

Japan economy marks 4th straight quarter of expansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:08pm

Japan's economy expanded at a faster than earlier estimated annual rate of 1.8% in July-September, powered by stronger consumer purchases and corporate investment ahead of an Oct. 1 tax hike.

State AGs look to head off T-Mobile-Sprint deal in court

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:07pm

A high-drama telecom deal is heading to court.

Warren was paid at least $1.9M for past legal work

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 6:32pm

Elizabeth Warren was paid nearly $2 million for legal work stretching back three decades, her campaign disclosed Sunday night, amid calls from a top Democratic presidential rival that the Massachusetts senator should be more forthcoming about what she earned from past corporate clients.

Schumer: Fed workers to get 12 weeks of paid parental leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 4:09pm

The Senate’s top Democrat said Sunday that congressional leaders have reached a “real breakthrough” deal to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to millions of federal workers as part of the annual defense policy bill.

Business economists see US slowing but avoiding recession

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 2:00pm

The nation’s business economists expect U.S. economic growth to decelerate this year and next but for the economy to avoid stumbling into recession, extending a record-breaking expansion already in its 11th year.

Average US price of gas drops 1 penny per gallon to $2.65

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 12:11pm

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dipped 1 penny per gallon (3.8 liters) to $2.65 over the past two weeks.

Female minister, 34, tapped to become Finland's youngest PM

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 11:54am

A 34-year-old transport minister and lawmaker has been tapped to become Finland's youngest prime minister ever and its third female government leader.

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 11:16am

France, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Turkey, Germany and more — have quietly edged away from Washington over the past three years.

'Frozen 2' leads box office again; 'Playmobil' flops

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:21am

“Frozen 2” blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign at No. 1 with $34.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Bosnian capital of Sarajevo hit by dangerous air pollution

Sabina Niksic, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:01am

Authorities say air pollution in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo has reached dangerous levels in recent days, prompting officials to ban freight vehicles from the roads, cancel all outdoor public events and warn citizens to remain indoors.

3 Nobel winners will donate prize money to support research

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 9:55am

The three winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are donating their prize money to fund grants that will support economic research for the next 15 years.

Gannett: ‘Frontline’ reporting jobs will be last to get cut

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 9:52am

In November, newspaper publisher GateHouse completed its acquisition of USA Today owner Gannett, creating the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. Executives behind the merger, which was funded in part by a high-interest, $1.8 billion loan from a private equity firm, have pledged significant cost cuts, but say they are aiming to shield reporting jobs as much as possible.

Saudi restaurants no longer need to segregate women and men

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:59am

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to use separate entrances from men or sit behind partitions at restaurants in the latest measure announced by the government that upends a major hallmark of conservative restrictions that had been in place for decades.

Ukraine, IMF reach $5.5 billion agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 7:42am

Ukraine and the International Monetary Fund have reached agreement on a new $5.5 billion program to boost the country's growth and economic reforms.

New Delhi fire victims lived and worked in unsafe spaces

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 7:11am

Mehboob Alam’s phone rang at 5:04 a.m. Sunday. It was his 38-year-old nephew, Mohammad Imran, pleading to be saved.

France braces for even worse travel woes, govt seeks answers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 5:20am

France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead.

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:51am

When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher.

Germany: Merkel party criticizes ally's call for concessions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:46am

The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says she would have liked a clear signal from its junior governing partner that it intends to stay in Merkel's coalition, and is deeply skeptical about its calls for new concessions.