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Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:00pm

A new federal farm bill ensures that maple syrup and honey producers won't have to label their pure products as containing added sugars as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had once proposed.

State School Board OKs $600K budget for public relations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:55pm

The Utah State Board of Education has agreed to budget nearly $600,000 for strategic communications.

Venezuela vows to reactivate Goodyear plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:51pm

Venezuela's government says it will reactivate an assembly line after U.S.-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber announced it will no longer produce tires in the crisis-wracked country.

Gold, silver mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:43pm

The December gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,241.90 an ounce -- down $1.80.

City teams up with Amazon on sting to thwart package thefts

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 1:11pm

Jersey City is teaming up with Amazon to try and thwart the thefts of packages during the Christmas season.

US energy secretary urges Iraq to quit dependency on Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:49pm

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry arrived in Baghdad on a trade mission Tuesday urging Iraq to reduce its energy dependence on Iran and open its own energy sector to American investment.

Catch limits increase for key West Coast groundfish species

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:38pm

Federal officials said Tuesday they are increasing catch limits for several species of West Coast groundfish that were severely depleted more than a dozen years ago, posing a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries.

Los Angeles-area development in high fire zone up for vote

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:13pm

The tension between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains collided Tuesday in a meeting to decide whether to approve a massive rural housing development on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Factory mishap paves street with chocolate in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:52am

A street in a western German town got a repaving worthy of fictional candy maker Willy Wonka when a ton of chocolate flowed out of a factory and solidified.

Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:48am

California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Marcy Gordon and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:33am

Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks.

Stumbling bloc: How did Brexit become such a mess?

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:18am

Tuesday was supposed to be the day that Britain's battle over Brexit was resolved.

Organizers seek expanded boycott following mall shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:15am

Protesters demonstrating against the fatal police shooting of a black man at Alabama's largest shopping mall are trying to expand an economic boycott over the killing.

Ex-Bloomberg LP executive among those arrested in fraud case

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:05am

A former Bloomberg LP executive is among 13 people charged Tuesday in a pay-to-play scheme involving construction work at two of the company's Manhattan offices.

Hemp supporters cheer crop's inclusion in farm bill deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:04am

Hemp's supporters are cheering a final agreement on the federal farm bill that would legalize the crop that's making a comeback in Kentucky.

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:51am

A study organized by Time's Up, the organization formed to promote gender equality, has found that female-led films consistently outperform male-led movies at the box office.

Walker: Partial vetoes possible on some lame-duck bills

Scott Bauer and Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:04am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he's considering at least one partial veto of bills Republican lawmakers approved in a lame-duck session that would cut into the powers of the Democrat who defeated him.

Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:30am

Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts' Medicaid program.

Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote

Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:27am

Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.

Lawsuit: Gas company knew rig was unsafe before explosion

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

Drilling company officials ignored multiple warnings that safety equipment at an Oklahoma gas well was malfunctioning before an explosion that killed five workers and badly injured another, the family of one of the dead workers contends in a recent court filing.