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UAW agrees to monitor, vote changes after probe

DETROIT (AP) — An independent monitor will watch the United Auto Workers’ finances and operations, and members will decide how they pick future leaders under a reform agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office. The deal was announced Monday in the wake of a wide-ranging federal probe ...

Dunham’s helping find gifts for sports enthusiasts

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Those Christmas shopping for the sports enthusiast in their life may find all they need and more at Dunham's Sports. Dunham's has been serving local residents since its opening at the Ohio Valley Mall in November last year. The store moved into a portion of the former ...

Stocks extend losses as virus aid languishes in Congress

U.S. stocks are down in afternoon trading Friday as prospects for another aid package from Washington fade while a surge in virus cases threatens to inflict more damage on an already battered economy. Investors have been hoping for another financial lifeline to help cushion the latest blow ...

Airbnb shares more than double in price in long-awaited IPO

Airbnb proved its resilience in a year that has upended global travel. Now it needs to prove to investors that it sees more growth ahead. The San Francisco-based home sharing company made a triumphant debut on the public market Thursday. Its shares closed at $144.71 apiece, more than double ...

UK-EU to resume Brexit trade talks but say large gaps remain

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the end, not even dinner of scallops and steamed turbot could bring the leaders of the European Union and Britain any closer together than months of talks by negotiators seeking to cobble together a trade deal in the wake of their Brexit divorce. European Commission ...

UK starts virus campaign with a shot watched round the world

LONDON (AP) — A nurse rolled up 90-year-old Margaret Keenan’s sleeve and administered a shot watched round the world -– the first jab in the U.K.’s COVID-19 vaccination program kicking off an unprecedented global effort to try to end a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million ...

Aurora to buy Uber’s self-driving vehicles arm

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Uber is selling off its autonomous vehicles development arm to Aurora as the ride-hailing company slims down after its revenues were pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic. Aurora will acquire the employees and technology behind Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in ...

As virus talks drag, Congress prepares temporary funding fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving themselves more time to sort through their end-of-session business on government spending and COVID-19 relief, preparing a one-week stopgap spending bill that would prevent a shutdown this weekend. House floor leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said on Twitter ...

Gripped by surging pandemic, US employers cut back on hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the viral pandemic accelerating across the country, America’s employers sharply scaled back their hiring last month, adding 245,000 jobs, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to a still-high ...

US plans oil, gas lease sale in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office. Conservation groups criticized ...

Pelosi, McConnell discuss COVID relief as pressure builds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill’s top leaders spoke about COVID-19 relief and other unfinished business Thursday, adding to tentative optimism that a medium-sized aid package might break free after months of Washington toxicity and deadlock. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority ...

U.S. tightens definition of service animals allowed on planes

The days of pets flying with their owners in airplane cabins are coming to an end. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday covering animals on airlines. It decided that only dogs can fly as service animals, and companions that passengers use for emotional support don’t ...

Washington state to boost workers’ comp rates for Amazon

SEATTLE (AP) — A labor agency in Washington state has announced that it will increase workers’ compensation rates for Amazon fulfillment centers, deeming them more hazardous than other types of warehouses. The state Department of Labor and Industries has boosted the premium rates by 15% ...

Walmart drops $35 minimum for its members’ online orders

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers on Walmart.com who pay a $98-a-year membership fee will get free shipping on orders of any size starting Friday. Walmart announced the membership perk on Wednesday, doing away with a previous requirement that orders amount to at least $35 to qualify for free ...

Strong start to December as S&P 500 sets another high

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street kicked off December with more milestones Tuesday after a broad rally for stocks pushed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite to new highs. The S&P 500 gained 1.1%, with Big Tech companies and banks driving a big part of the rally. The strong opening to ...

Top California air, climate regulator hopes to run Biden EPA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over four decades, Mary Nichols has been the regulator behind some of the nation’s most ambitious climate policies and, in recent years, she’s been their staunchest defender against President Donald Trump’s effort to dismantle them. With Joe Biden heading to ...

Polish PM says he’s told Merkel of plan to veto EU budget

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Friday said he had confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU’s huge budget and recovery package because it’s linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook ...

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift ...

Stocks move mostly lower even as Nasdaq edges toward record

Stocks were mostly lower on Wall Street in morning trading Wednesday, giving back some of their gains from a record-setting climb a day earlier. The S&P 500 was down 0.4% a day after setting an all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped below 30,000, a day after crossing that ...

Consumer spending up a slight 0.5% despite virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5% last month, the weakest rise since April, when the pandemic first erupted, and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening to harm the economy. The October gain ...