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NEW YORK (AP) — The major stock indexes are about flat in quiet holiday-week trading on Wall Street. Banks moved lower, while utilities, real estate stocks and phone companies, all known for paying high dividends, rose as bond yields fell. Oil prices are down slightly.

DENVER (AP) — The Obama administration has released five possible plans for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse. They range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations. After a public comment period, the incoming Trump administration will decide which option to choose, if any. The rules would affect land in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Donald Trump to kill one of President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging the president-elect to save it. Democratic attorneys general in 15 states, plus four cities and counties, have sent a letter to Trump asking him to preserve Obama's Clean Power Plan. The plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by about one-third by 2030. Opponents say the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to implement the rules.

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling nearly 634,000 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because the second-row seats could move unexpectedly. The recall involves Odysseys from the 2011 to 2016 model years. They were made between Aug. 1, 2010, and Oct. 1, 2015. Honda says the problem was identified through warranty claims. There are no reports of injuries or accidents related to the issue.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Solo Cup Co. President Robert Hulseman, who invented the popular Red Solo Cup, has died. He was 84. Hulseman also invented the Traveler coffee cup lid during his nearly 60 years with the foodservice packaging company started in 1936 in suburban Chicago by his father, Leo. Solo Cup made disposable food and drink containers from paper, plastic and recycled materials. Dart Container Corp. bought the company in 2012.

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