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Communities sue over Michigan's tough lead rules for water

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:07pm

A coalition of local governments and utilities has sued the state of Michigan over its implementation of the nation's toughest drinking water rules for lead.

A Canadian judge has granted bail to a Chinese executive facing possible extradition to the U.S.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:05pm

A Canadian judge has granted bail to a Chinese executive facing possible extradition to the U.S.

Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:49pm

A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.

The Latest: LA-area development approved in high fire zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 3:07pm

The Latest on a massive housing development proposed in rugged mountains on the outskirts of Los Angeles (all times local):

New head of watchdog agency vows consumers will be top focus

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:49pm

The new head of the U.S. consumer watchdog agency says she doesn't have immediate targets in mind for rolling back actions taken by her controversial predecessor, and will put protecting consumers in the forefront while also encouraging financial innovation.

The Latest: Former Cuomo economic guru sentenced to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:45pm

The Latest on the sentencing of Alain Kaloyeros in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial (all times local):

The Latest: Senate passes bill to fund agriculture, food aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:45pm

The Latest on the farm bill (all times local):

Senate passes bill to reauthorize farm programs and food aid for the next five years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:38pm

Senate passes bill to reauthorize farm programs and food aid for the next five years.

US military's Aegis system intercepts test missile in Hawaii

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:35pm

The U.S. military's land-based Aegis missile defense system has intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.

General Motors, WPP rise; Stitch Fix, CalAmp fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:33pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

Top border security official defends use of tear gas

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:29pm

The nation's top border security official told skeptical senators Tuesday that the use of tear gas on a group of migrants that included children was justified to manage a chaotic clash where a crowd was hurling rocks at agents and trying to illegally cross into the U.S.

Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label

Lisa Rathke, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:00pm

The new farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prevents maple syrup and honey producers from being required to list their pure products as containing added sugars on their nutrition labels — a plan proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months ago that producers said was misleading.

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 in a crisis that posed a threat to the commercial and sports fishing industries.

Los Angeles-area development approved in fire-prone zone

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

The conflict between the need for more housing in California and the danger of building in fire-prone mountains was decided in favor of homes Tuesday as Los Angeles County supervisors approved a massive rural housing development.