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Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:09pm

The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector-general said Thursday.

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:08pm

The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring U.S. citizens to submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country.

Wedding planning sites change policies on slave plantations

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:03pm

Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group's campaign urging the companies to stop promoting venues where black people were once brutalized.

Homeland Security chair wants review of border wall contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:01pm

The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee is asking the Office of the Inspector General to look into a $400 million contract awarded to a North Dakota company for a border wall in Arizona.

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:44pm

Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination.

Former FAA inspector gets 6 years for bribery, fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:42pm

A former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector in South Florida was sentenced Thursday to six years and three months in prison for his part in a bribery and fraud scheme.

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:32pm

In a story Dec. 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date and sponsorship of a poll on public attitudes toward the Paris climate agreement. The poll was conducted in June 2017 by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, not in August 2017 by the AP-NORC Center and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:16pm

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story that was based on a one-on-one interview with a police detective.

Long awaited indoor ski slope debuts at New Jersey megamall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:12pm

An indoor ski slope that has been the most visible feature of the long-delayed American Dream megamall in New Jersey for more than a decade has finally opened.

Boeing tries to reassure airline industry leaders about Max

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:02pm

Boeing is reassuring airline industry leaders about the safety of the grounded 737 Max as it continues working to get the plane back in service.

CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:00pm

Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of progress, the chief executive of billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism venture said Thursday.

Georgia peanut warehouse smolders 36 hours after fire began

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 2:52pm

Firefighters were still trying Thursday to fully extinguish a blaze a south Georgia peanut warehouse, more than 36 hours after it started.

Amazon blaming Trump over Pentagon contract loss, judge says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 2:52pm

Amazon is arguing in a court case that President Donald Trump's bias against the company harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract.

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 2:21pm

President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter.

Judge: Turkish bank can't deny knowledge of criminal charges

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 2:13pm

A judge cited “extraordinary” and “remarkable” meetings two years ago involving top U.S. and Turkey political figures to intervene in a New York prosecution Thursday as he rejected efforts by a state-owned bank in Turkey to now feign ignorance of criminal charges it faces in the same case.

US report: Prescription drug prices down slightly last year

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 2:02pm

Prices for prescription drugs edged down by 1% last year, a rare result driven by declines for generics and slow, low growth in the cost of brand-name medications, the government said Thursday.

A reason Democrats won't wait: Trump cases tied up in court

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:42pm

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley told House Democrats that they are rushing the impeachment of President Donald Trump and that they instead could be enlisting the courts to try to help procure the testimony of key figures in Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

Military official says sailor who killed 2 civilians, then himself at Pearl Harbor used his service weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:38pm

Military official says sailor who killed 2 civilians, then himself at Pearl Harbor used his service weapons.

Judge upholds arbitration in Las Vegas newspaper battle

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:31pm

A Nevada judge has upheld an arbitrator’s finding in an ongoing legal battle over one of the few remaining U.S. newspaper joint-operating agreements, ruling that the dominant Las Vegas Review-Journal has to submit to an audit and pay profits and expenses that its crosstown rival Las Vegas Sun claims have been improperly deducted in recent years.