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Former Ag Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:22pm

Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has died in Minnesota. He was 90.

Deschutes River to be featured on 'forever' stamp in 2019

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:53pm

A scenic Oregon river will be honored with a stamp next year.

Israeli military chief, UN commander in Lebanon talk tunnels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:55pm

Israel's military chief has met with the head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to discuss the discovery of a series of tunnels Israel says was built by Hezbollah to carry out attacks.

Seattle homes attract fewer multiple bids as market cools

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:58am

Prospective home buyers in Seattle as late as last year faced the prospect of entering bidding wars or getting edged out by competitors with cash. That's not the case anymore.

Average US price of gas drops 22 cents per gallon to $2.51

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:49am

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 22 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks, to $2.51.

Following Perry's lead, Kid Rock pays off $81K in layaways

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:33am

Singer Kid Rock says he followed the lead of actor Tyler Perry by paying off the layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee.

Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 11:16am

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power.

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:24am

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

German railway workers' union calls strike over pay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:52am

A labor union representing German railway workers is calling on its members to go on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal on pay.

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest detention of Huawei executive in Canada at Washington's behest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 8:15am

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest detention of Huawei executive in Canada at Washington's behest.

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:58am

The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally.

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:39am

Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing.

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:19am

General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of workers.

Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 6:17am

A normally low profile citizen panel that votes on air pollution permits is set to take a closely watched vote Monday on whether Virginia's most powerful corporation can build a natural gas compressor station in a historical African-American community.

Plant a tree: Milan's ambitious plans to be cleaner, greener

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:39am

If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution.

UK leader warns of 'uncharted waters' if Brexit deal nixed

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:23am

With a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit looming, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers Sunday that they could take Britain into "uncharted waters" and trigger a general election if they reject the divorce deal she struck with the European Union.

The Latest: French official says Trump should keep quiet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:08am

The latest on the unrest in France (all times local):

Macron to break silence, address French nation amid protests

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 1:16am

Pressure mounted on French President Emmanuel Macron to announce concrete measures to calm protests marked by violence when he addresses the nation Monday evening, and breaks a long silence widely seen as aggravating a crisis that has shaken the government and the whole country.

The Latest: British Columbia cancels China trade trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 8:33pm

The Latest on the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Canada (all times local):