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Records: US Steel failed to test for toxic metal after spill |Dec 13, 2017

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for a potentially carcinogenic chemical after a spill from one of the company's plants in northwest Indiana, documents show.The October spill was the second time this year...

Gold company expands Alaska operations north of Fairbanks |Dec 13, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) A gold mining company has acquired mineral rights to land in Alaska north of Fairbanks that is believed to contain millions of ounces of gold.Kinross Gold Corp. acquired the mineral rights Monday on the more than...

Markets Right Now: US indexes close mostly higher |Dec 13, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street, but a pullback in bank stocks left the Standard & Poor's 500 index slightly lower.The Dow Jones industrials closed higher...

US stocks edge higher ahead of expected Fed rate hike |Dec 13, 2017

U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Wednesday ahead of an expected interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Technology stocks accounted for much of the market's gains. Health care companies also rose. Banks lagged the most. U.S. crude...

Temple professor donates $100,000 prize to student aid fund |Dec 13, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Temple University professor who won a $100,000 prize for research into the rising cost of college will donate the money to a fund she established to help students cope with financial emergencies.Sara Goldrick-Rab tells...

Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip publications is hiring outside human resources experts to train its managers in "sexual harassment prevention and sensitivity," an internal email shows....

North coast commercial Dungeness crab season delayed again |Dec 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The commercial Dungeness crab season along the Northern California coast has been delayed again because the popular seafood is not yet ready for harvesting.The director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife...

LPGA adding 2 events on West Coast for 2018 |Dec 13, 2017

The LPGA Tour is adding two tournaments in California next year as part of a 34-tournament schedule that offers a record $68.75 million in prize money.Coming off a year in which a record 17 players earned at least $1 million, the LPGA Tour put...

Hangar inflates and just like that LA has home for airship |Dec 13, 2017

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Morning commuters on a Southern California highway were greeted by a huge structure on the horizon that wasn't there the night before.In a matter of hours overnight, Goodyear raised a giant inflatable hanger that will be the...

LPGA adding 2 events on West Coast for 2018 |Dec 13, 2017

The LPGA Tour is adding two tournaments in California next year as part of a 34-tournament schedule that offers a record $68.75 million in prize money.Coming off a year in which a record 17 players earned at least $1 million, the LPGA Tour put...

LPGA adding 2 events on West Coast for 2018 |Dec 13, 2017

The LPGA Tour is adding two tournaments in California next year as part of a 34-tournament schedule that offers a record $68.75 million in prize money.Coming off a year in which a record 17 players earned at least $1 million, the LPGA Tour put...

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.The retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology startup Even and PayActiv to provide an app to...

5 things small business owners should know about tax bills |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Small business owners are awaiting details of a reported Republican deal on a tax overhaul, the details of which could come soon.The deal, which would reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, may...

LPGA adding 2 events on West Coast for 2018 |Dec 13, 2017

The LPGA Tour is adding two tournaments in California next year as part of a 34-tournament schedule that offers a record $68.75 million in prize money.Coming off a year in which a record 17 players earned at least $1 million, the LPGA Tour put...

Kentucky to investigate worker accused of sexual harassment |Dec 13, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Kentucky officials have launched a second sexual harassment investigation of a corrections officer whose alleged behavior led to a $1.6 million jury verdict earlier this year.The state Personnel Board authorized the...

Former detective sentenced in tax-refund scheme |Dec 13, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A former Tampa police detective has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for her part in a tax-refund scheme.A U.S. attorney's office statement says 51-year-old LaJoyce Houston was sentenced Wednesday. She...

Kansas' new welfare chief promises review of foster care |Dec 13, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) The new leader at the Kansas Department for Children and Families is promising a thorough review of a state foster care system that's faced months of scrutiny.Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel, who was hired on Dec. 1 to lead the...

Uber: No evidence hackers took rider credit card numbers |Dec 13, 2017

DETROIT (AP) An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two hackers, the company said in a response to demands for...

Study: Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise |Dec 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California's Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study made public Wednesday.The study also...

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017 |Dec 13, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside."These were some of the people, topics and memes that...

5 things small business owners should know about tax bills |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Small business owners are awaiting details of a reported Republican deal on a tax overhaul, the details of which could come soon.The deal, which would reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, may...

LPGA adding 2 events on West Coast for 2018 |Dec 13, 2017

The LPGA Tour is adding two tournaments in California next year as part of a 34-tournament schedule that offers a record $68.75 million in prize money.Coming off a year in which 17 players earned at least $1 million, the LPGA Tour put together a...

Dad, children survive car crash with train in Riverside |Dec 13, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Riverside officials say a family whose car got stuck on railroad tracks survived a crash with a train after the father was able to get one child to safety and a second child who remained in the vehicle survived with minor...

Oil-spill-related defamation suits resolved after mediation |Dec 13, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) An attorney who once worked in the claims-processing office for the 2010 BP oil spill has agreed to dismiss lawsuits claiming she was defamed and wrongfully fired.Court records show all parties agreed to the dismissal of...

After London tower fire, group develops risk assessment tool |Dec 13, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) Six months after flames enveloped a high-rise in London and prompted concerns about the safety of other buildings worldwide, a U.S.-based fire prevention group has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer.The National...

Pay for new Power Five football coaches |Dec 13, 2017

Power Five schools that handed out eight-figure contracts to football coaches this fall could face millions in new taxes on those coaches' salaries if the tax overhaul becomes law. Here's a look at how much the new coaches are making and the...

Justice Department confirms criminal probe in Uber case |Dec 13, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A recent letter from the U.S. Attorney's office confirms the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation connected to allegations that a former Uber executive stole self-driving car technology from a Google...

California Assembly proposes $4.3 billion in new spending |Dec 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Assembly Democrats say they want to use the windfall from a growing economy to expand a tax credit for the working poor and extend health coverage to immigrants living in the country illegally.Assembly Budget...

In need of workers, Maine hires contractors to plow roads |Dec 13, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Worker shortages in Maine have forced the state Department of Transportation to hire private contractors to plow roads.The Portland Press Herald reports the state Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to the...

Men plead guilty to creating 'botnet' used to crash the web |Dec 13, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Three men pleaded guilty to creating a "botnet" known as Mirai that was used to paralyze chunks of the internet in 2016.Paras Jha, Josiah White and Dalton Norman admitted to one count of conspiracy in plea agreements...

'Mannequin Skywalker' rides Blue Origin's new crew capsule |Dec 13, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Blue Origin's 'Mannequin Skywalker' has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie.The aerospace company led by Amazon's Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from West...

Temporary safety fence installed on George Washington Bridge |Dec 13, 2017

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) Workers have installed a temporary safety fence along the George Washington Bridge's south sidewalk two weeks ahead of schedule.The sidewalk reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday after being closed 2 months while workers erected an...

5 things small business owners should know about tax bills |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Small business owners are awaiting details of a reported Republican deal on a tax overhaul, the details of which could come soon.The deal, which would reconcile differences in the House and Senate versions of the tax bill, may...

Arkansas abortion facilities threatened with suspension |Dec 13, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Two Arkansas abortion facilities have been threatened with suspension after inspectors cited one for not listing the Red Cross on its emergency number list and another for using cloth booties on an exam table. The threat...

Trump condo prices falling in Manhattan, report finds |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) In Manhattan, where Donald Trump built his empire, prices for condos in buildings bearing his gilded name are falling in the first year of his presidency.The average price per square foot for condos sold in Trump-branded buildings...

Cellphone company T-Mobile to launch TV service next year |Dec 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) T-Mobile says it's launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video.The nation's No. 3 wireless carrier said Wednesday that it bought cable-TV startup Layer3 TV to help it roll out its...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US |Dec 12, 2017

iBook charts for week ending December 10, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ):iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books1. Darker by E L James - 9780385543989 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)2. End Game by David Baldacci -...

Ex-CFO of 'Soup Nazi' inspired company admits to tax evasion |Dec 12, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The former chief financial officer for a company licensing recipes from the real-life chef who inspired the "Soup Nazi" character on "Seinfeld" has admitted to tax evasion.The Daily News reports 62-year-old Robert Bertrand, of...

Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules |Dec 12, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Net neutrality is a simple concept but a dense and often technical issue normally discussed in tech and telecom circles. Now it's hit the mainstream.Next week, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on gutting...

Flight diverted in Florida because of coffee maker fumes |Dec 12, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) A Southwest Airlines plane was diverted to a Florida airport after fumes from a coffee maker were reported in the back of the aircraft.According to a Pensacola News Journal report , airline spokesman Brian Parrish said...

ASU moving Thunderbird school from Glendale to Phoenix |Dec 12, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona State University officials say they're moving the Thunderbird School of Global Management from its historic Glendale campus to a new facility on ASU's downtown Phoenix campus.The move announced Tuesday comes three years...

South Carolina man arrested after Airbnb guest finds camera |Dec 12, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) A South Carolina man has been arrested after a woman who rented an apartment from him using Airbnb found a hidden camera.Media outlets reported that Greenville police arrested 35-year-old Cesar Adan Mendez Fuentes late...

NTSB to issue probable cause of El Faro's sinking |Dec 12, 2017

Federal accident investigators on Tuesday will determine the probable cause of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, the worst maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged vessel in decades that resulted in the deaths of 33 mariners.The National...

NBC's 'Today' in ratings lead after Matt Lauer's firing |Dec 12, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Matt who? NBC's "Today" show was the most-watched morning program for the first full week after long-time host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges.The Nielsen company said it was the first time in a year that...

Correction: Conflicted Interests-Nevada story |Dec 12, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) In a story Dec. 6 about legislative conflicts of interest, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nevada lawmakers took an unprecedented step of waiving self-reporting requirements when they approved money during a...

Some successful, and failed, attacks in NYC since 9/11 |Dec 12, 2017

Terrorists have struck, or tried to strike, New York City several times since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Here's a look at some of the plots that succeeded and fizzled.2003: Iyman Faris, a former Ohio truck driver, is arrested for a...

Officials asking public to return evidence from bank robbery |Dec 12, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Law enforcement officials are asking anyone who picked up money thrown onto Interstate 15 after a Lake Elsinore bank robbery to return the evidence.According to Riverside County sheriff's investigators, a man threw the...

The Latest: Restaurant says it takes harassment seriously |Dec 12, 2017

BOSTON (AP) The Latest on a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against an upscale restaurant chain (all times local):7:30 p.m.An upscale restaurant chain says it takes harassment seriously after five female kitchen workers filed a lawsuit alleging...

'Booze Traveler' host Jack Maxwell, 54, says he has cancer |Dec 12, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Travel Channel host Jack Maxwell says he's undergoing treatment for cancer.The personality behind the popular "Booze Traveler" series tweeted Tuesday: "I have cancer. 3 little words, one big sentence."The 54-year-old Boston native...

US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors |Dec 12, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.After...