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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Democrats refuse to fund Trump’s “immoral” wall

WASHINGTON— The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Democrats are holding firm in the standoff over a border wall, saying they won’t seriously consider any White House offer to end the government shutdown until it has a public endorsement from President Donald Trump. Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic leader … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Democrats refuse to fund Trump’s “immoral” wall

WASHINGTON | EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off of its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. In an announcement Friday, the EPA proposes what would be another Trump administration rollback of federal enforcement under the Clean Air Act. It’s the latest administration effort on behalf of the country’s coal industry. Coal-fired … Continue reading WASHINGTON | EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants

NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: US stocks waver in midday trading

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Stocks are wavering between small gains and losses in midday trading Friday as the market continues to churn amid the volatile trading that has gripped the market throughout December. Gains in banks, retailers and health care companies are outweighing losses … Continue reading NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: US stocks waver in midday trading

NEW YORK | Tesla names independent board members in SEC settlement

NEW YORK — Tesla named two independent board members Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk. Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately. Musk got into trouble with the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Tesla names independent board members in SEC settlement

BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clash

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters say their forces are on alert and ready for an offensive in a flashpoint Kurdish-held town after Syrian troops announced that they have entered it and raised the government’s flag there. Spokesman Youssef Hammoud says Turkey-backed fighters have … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clash

VATICAN CITY | Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

VATICAN CITY  — The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the retired archbishop has expanded dramatically to include serious allegations of misconduct. Attorney Patrick Noaker says his client, James Grein, testified Thursday in … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo  — Kosovo’s government has extended a 100-percent tax on Serb imports to all international brand goods produced in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The new decision was taken Friday at a Cabinet meeting. It is expected to affect goods including auto products, food, construction materials and computer devices, and affect companies including Samsung, Panasonic and … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia

US stocks slide, erasing early gains as oil price falls

U.S. stocks veered lower Friday morning, giving back early gains as the market continued to be gripped by volatile trading. Technology companies and energy stocks accounted for much of the decline. Homebuilders slumped following a report indicating that fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes last month. The market, which is coming off a two-day … Continue reading US stocks slide, erasing early gains as oil price falls