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  • Return of 2 ill GOP senators crucial next week for tax bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ailing Republican senators John McCain and Thad Cochran missed votes this week, but their presence will be crucial early next week as the GOP tries to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate with a razor-thin majority and all Democrats opposed to the legislation. McCain, 81, of Arizona, is […]
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published stories speculating that Ryan would make this two-year Congress his last or even resign after lawmakers approve the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which could happen […]
  • Airbus shakes up top management amid legal woes

    PARIS (AP) — Airbus said Friday that its CEO, Tom Enders, will step down in 2019, as the European airplane maker shakes up management amid multiple corruption investigations. The company said Enders, who will have been at the helm of Airbus and defense firm EADS for 14 years, won’t seek another term when his current […]
  • Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

    TOKYO (AP) — Global income inequality has worsened over the past four decades, a report finds, with the wealthiest 1 percent of the world’s population capturing twice as much income growth as the bottom half. The world’s middle class, made up mostly of people in North America and Europe, has by some measures fared the […]
  • Global stocks mixed as investors await US tax deal

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets were mixed on Friday as investors waited to see if U.S. politicians could pass tax reform legislation before Christmas. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent to 5,337 and Germany’s DAX lost 0.2 percent to 13,044. Britain’s FTSE 100 edged up 0.1 percent to 7,458 after EU […]
  • What the FCC rollback of ‘net neutrality’ means to you

    Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of “net neutrality’ rules mean to you? In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch […]
  • Workplace romance under spotlight after sex scandals

    NEW YORK (AP) — The minefield that co-workers and companies navigate when it comes to love at work has gotten even more complex following the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, politics and the media. Office relationships that might have flown under the radar — particularly those between boss and subordinate — are […]
  • Correction: Fatal Shooting-Herbicide Dispute story

    BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — In a story Dec. 14 about a second-degree murder trial involving farmers in Arkansas, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the herbicide dicamba was made by Monsanto. Monsanto is one of several companies that make dicamba, but it does not sell its product in Arkansas. A corrected version of the story […]
  • Peru’s president fights back against calls to resign

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal. In a televised address to the nation shortly before midnight Thursday, Kuczynski offered his first explanation of […]
  • Board pleased with Raiders proposed community benefits plan

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The public entity that oversees the Oakland Raiders’ proposed stadium in Las Vegas on Thursday gave its blessing to a plan that by law the team had to come up with to ensure the greatest possible participation by the local community in the design, construction and operation of the facility. The […]
  • California issues 1st licenses for its legal pot market

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Thursday issued its first batch of business licenses for the state’s upcoming legal marijuana market, setting the stage for sales to begin in January. The first temporary license was awarded to Pure CA, which does business as Moxie brand products, a company known for its cannabis extracts. “I couldn’t […]
  • Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes arrests

    DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses Thursday and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal investigation. Potential charges relate to marijuana sales exceeding limits set in state law, police said. Colorado allows people 21 and older to possess an ounce or less of marijuana […]
  • Japan survey shows corporate sentiment at 11-year high

    TOKYO (AP) — A quarterly business outlook survey by Japan’s central bank shows corporate sentiment has improved to its highest level in 11 years in the latest upbeat signal for the economy. The Bank of Japan’s “tankan” index for large manufacturers, released Friday, was 25 in December, up from 22 in September. It was the […]
  • Feds: New York woman laundered bitcoin to aide Islamic State

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island woman is accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money overseas to help the Islamic State group. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Zoobia Shahnaz was charged with bank fraud and money laundering in an indictment unsealed in Central Islip on Thursday. Prosecutors say the former lab […]
  • 10 Things to Know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. SUPPORT WAVERS FOR TAX OVERHAUL The GOP’s razor-thin margin for driving its sweeping tax package through the Senate is thrown into jeopardy when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declares that, at this point, he will vote against it. […]