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  • Lawyer in stalled coal bailout argues for energy appointment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are questioning whether President Donald Trump’s choice for a seat on a national energy board can be objective given his past work on the administration’s plan to subsidize aging coal plants. Bernard McNamee, an Energy Department lawyer, appeared Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which was considering […]
  • Amtrak cuts operating losses to lowest level in decades

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amtrak says its $168 million operating loss this year was the smallest since 1973, its second full year in business. The government-owned railroad said Thursday it took in a record $3.4 billion in revenue in the 2018 fiscal year. Amtrak has been shrinking its annual operating losses in recent years and […]
  • Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board. Bowman was approved on a 64-34 vote to fill the spot on the seven-member board reserved for someone with community banking experience. With her confirmation, President Donald Trump has now filled three vacant […]
  • Gobble gobble: Low turkey prices cut Thanksgiving meal cost

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Low food prices have driven the cost of a Thanksgiving feast down to its lowest level since 2010. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average nationwide cost of a holiday meal for 10 people is $48.90, or less than $5 per person. The farm group’s annual survey released Thursday says that’s […]
  • EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s top environmental official for the Southeast was arrested Thursday on criminal ethics charges in Alabama reported to be related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a costly toxic waste cleanup. Trey Glenn, 47, was briefly booked into a county jail in Birmingham before being […]
  • Facebook says it’s better at detecting rule violations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them. Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the previous six months. The findings were spelled […]
  • Fed announces wide-ranging review of its practices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it plans to conduct a wide-ranging review next year of the strategies and tools it uses to achieve its congressionally mandated goals of maximum employment and price stability. The Fed said the review will also examine ways it communicates with the public. “With labor market conditions […]
  • Corrected study: Building, mining have high suicide rates

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the workers with the highest suicide rates have construction, mining and drilling jobs. That was the finding of a report correcting an earlier study that mistakenly said farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen killed themselves most often. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a corrected study Thursday. […]
  • The Latest: Environmentalist blasts new pesticide guidelines

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California’s recommended new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.(all times local): 11:15 a.m. An environmental group is blasting new recommendations by California regulators to curb a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Pesticide Action Network says […]
  • Nearly $600M bet on sports in New Jersey in 4 ½ months

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s red-hot sports betting market blew past the half-billion dollar mark in October, with nearly $600 million worth of bets having been made in just four and a half months. Figures released Thursday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show gamblers wagered $260 million on sports in October, […]