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Wednesday, Dec 13


The Latest: Fed sees 'modest lift' to growth from tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local):; 3:05 p.m. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says that she and her colleagues expect a "modest lift" to economic growth from the tax cuts…


Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday, while the fifth-largest wildfire in California history…

Tuesday, Dec 12


Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency jumping 20 percent.

Friday, Dec 8


Citizens' group seeks US accountability for CIA renditions

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Efforts to prosecute the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four co-defendants are stalled in part over a lingering issue Americans haven't yet resolved: torture. Interrogators at secret CIA…


Wildfire destroys mobile homes in California retirement park

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A brush fire driven by gusty winds that have plagued Southern California all week exploded rapidly Thursday north of San Diego, destroying dozens of mobile homes in a retirement community and killing race horses at…

Thursday, Dec 7


Frontier pilots demonstrate in Denver amid pay fight


DENVER (AP) — Frontier Airlines pilots picketed in downtown Denver Thursday in a bid for public support in their long running fight with the Denver-based discount carrier to replace their bankruptcy contract.


LA will become largest US city with recreational pot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is in line to become the nation's largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales and cultivation next year. The landmark vote came after a hearing in…


Spirit AeroSystems announces $1B expansion, 1,000 new jobs

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Spirit AeroSystems announced a $1 billion expansion Wednesday that will bring 1,000 new jobs to its aircraft manufacturing plant in Wichita, a move officials say reflects significant growth for the company and the…

Wednesday, Dec 6


Plane nearly lands on runway as another flight departs JFK


NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Mexico-based airline's passenger jet mistakenly lined up to land on a New York City airport runway as another plane was about to take off.

Monday, Dec 4


Bag the mistletoe, cut the booze: Office parties sober up

NEW YORK (AP) — 'Tis the season to keep that office holiday party from adding to the list of workplace sexual misconduct scandals.

Sunday, Dec 3


Amid the bloodshed, Baltimore group seeks to break the cycle

BALTIMORE (AP) — Akai Alston was 13 when he was shot for the first time. It was during a robbery in East Baltimore, in broad daylight. As he lay in his hospital bed, shaken and frightened, he knew he had a choice to make. "I put it in my…

Saturday, Dec 2


Montana company sues over payments for Puerto Rico grid work


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid has sued a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in…

Thursday, Nov 30


Electrics and SUVs are main attraction at LA Auto Show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Automakers often debut their most fuel-efficient vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this year is no exception.

Wednesday, Nov 29


Tiffany profits sparkle as China's demand for luxury rises

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany & Co., which has struggled with online competition and lost its luster with younger shoppers, reported a quarterly profit Wednesday that beat Wall Street's expectations as shoppers in China snapped up its luxury…


US economy expanded at brisk 3.3 pct. pace in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Led by a rise in business investment, the U.S. economy grew at an annual pace of 3.3 percent from July through September, its fastest rate in three years.


Judge sides with Trump's pick to take over consumer agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a federal judge refused to block the president's choice to temporarily run the nation's top consumer financial watchdog and, for the moment, ended a two-way battle for…

The Latest: Consumer agency deputy exploring her options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (all times local):; 6:45 p.m. Lawyers for a woman who argues she's the rightful acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection…


Retail group: Those using both online, stores spending more


NEW YORK (AP) — A retail trade group estimates that people who shopped both online and in stores from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday spent more than those who stuck to one or the other.

Beyond leadership tiff, what's at stake at consumer watchdog

NEW YORK (AP) — Since the housing crisis and recession, consumers have been able to turn to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for help with problems with their financial institutions. That assurance could soon fade.

Tuesday, Nov 28


Meat-loving Arby's buying Buffalo Wild Wings

NEW YORK (AP) — Meat-centric sandwich chain Arby's said Tuesday that it's buying Buffalo Wild Wings for about $2.4 billion, making it the latest casual restaurant chain to be taken private.


Chobani gets new look and hints at going beyond yogurt

NEW YORK (AP) — Chobani, the company that helped kick-start the Greek yogurt craze, is shrinking those words on its label as it may expand beyond that food in an increasingly crowded yogurt market.


2 planes clip wings at New York's JFK airport


NEW YORK (AP) — A plane has clipped wings with another plane while taxiing at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Monday, Nov 27


Passengers rattled as US-bound jet blows tires on landing


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Passengers had a rough landing when their flight from Germany arrived in New Jersey, and the plane's tires blew out.


Miami's iconic offshore Stiltsville survived Hurricane Irma


MIAMI (AP) — Stiltsville, a stubborn relic of Miami's less-glitzy past as a sun-soaked outpost, has survived Hurricane Irma's brutal winds and waves, much to the surprise of the landmark's caretakers and fans.


Dry weekend draws shoppers even as online sales boom

CHICAGO (AP) — The driest Thanksgiving weekend in five years may have helped holiday shopping, despite an overall decline in foot traffic. But some shoppers just took notes in the hopes of finding an even better deal online.

Sunday, Nov 26

Shoppers out seeking deals, though sales have crept earlier

Parking lots were full and shopping bags were plentiful in some places Saturday as holiday gift-seekers were out looking for bargains, even as the competition among retailers to offer earlier deals and snag customers first has pulled sales…

Saturday, Nov 25


Chemical company's response to water worries: Silence


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Americans have grown accustomed to hearing apologies from everyone from cheating car-makers to cheating presidents, but a Fortune 500 chemical company with a pollution problem in North Carolina is following a different…


The Latest: Macy's says it's fixed gift, credit card issue

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Black Friday (all times local):; 6:30 p.m.: Macy's says it has "fully resolved" problems on Black Friday related to its processing some gift and credit cards.

State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees


A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks.

Even in the Amazon era, Black Friday shows stores are alive

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers worked hard to attract shoppers to stores on Black Friday, offering in-person deals meant to counter the ease of shopping by phone on Amazon.