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More record highs for stocks as hopes grow for economic aid

Stocks returned to record highs on Wall Street Friday as traders took a discouraging jobs report as a sign that Congress may finally move on delivering more aid for the pandemic-striken economy
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In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, specialist James Denaro works at his post on the trading floor, Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. U.S. stocks are inching further into record heights Thursday, as Wall Street continues to coast following its rocket ride last month powered by hopes for coming COVID-19 vaccines. (Nicole Pereira/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
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Biden predicts 'bleak future' if Congress doesn't act on aid

President-elect Joe Biden is predicting the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic will only get worse if Congress doesn’t act quickly to pass an aid bill
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President-elect Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Nissan pulls out of Trump emissions fight with California

Nissan says it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California’s ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards
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FILE - New Nissan Motor Co. logo is displayed at the global headquarters of Nissan Motor Co.,. in Yokohama near Tokyo, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Nissan says it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California’s ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards. The announcement Friday, Dec. 4, is another sign that a coalition of automakers backing the outgoing administration is fracturing. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, FILE)
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Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
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House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

The Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level
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Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., visits a polling location at the Golden State Warriors training facility on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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Minnesota regulators deny request to delay Line 3 pipeline

A Minnesota regulatory panel has denied a request by two northern Minnesota tribes to prevent Enbridge Energy from moving forward with its contentious Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. A significant permit has been granted to Enbridge's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
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UK-EU trade talks 'paused' with deal still elusive

The European Union’s chief negotiator says he and his British counterpart have agreed to “pause” trade negotiations while they brief their political leaders on the stalled talks
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European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier arrives at the Conference Centre in London, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. With less than one month to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, talks are continuing, and U.K. officials have said this is the last week to strike a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Gripped by surging pandemic, US employers cut back on hiring

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
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Agnes Makokha, 45, of Columbus, Ohio, stands outside her apartment Friday, December 4, 2020. Makokha is among millions of Americans at risk of losing unemployment benefits come Dec. 26. She lost her job in December and due to hiring freezes in place since the pandemic began, has been unable to find employment. (AP Photo/Farnoush Amiri)
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EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the November jobs report

Evidence was abundant in the November jobs report that the U.S. economy’s tentative recovery is sputtering as coronavirus cases accelerate and federal aid runs out
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As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

A Vermont hospital network is still recovering from a massive digital disruption in October, signaling the dangers of cyberattacks on the nation's health care system during a surge of COVID-19
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NASA will pay a firm $1 to go to the moon and get a sample

The eyebrow-raising contract comes as corporate involvement in space heats up.
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An image of the Moon during NASA's Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, July 1969.
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Iowa's contact-tracing firm helped Trump, Reynolds campaigns

After facing a workforce shortage for months, Iowa has awarded an emergency $2.3 million contact-tracing contract to a company owned by a Republican Party insider
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FILE - In this May 6, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Iowa, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. After facing a workforce shortage for months, Iowa has awarded an emergency $2.3 million contact-tracing contract to a company owned by a Republican Party insider. The Iowa Department of Public Health selected Iowa City-based MCI for the contract out of 14 companies that applied and experts questioning the data metrics. MCI is owned by GOP donor Anthony Marlowe, and has done work for President Donald Trump and Gov. Kim Reynolds' political campaigns. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci File)
December 04

Cheesecake Factory settles with SEC over 'false' filings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that The Cheesecake Factory settled charges that it misled investors on the impact the pandemic was having on its business
December 04
FILE - This Feb. 3, 2017 file photo shows The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Old Pasadena, Calif. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, that The Cheesecake Factory settled charges that it misled investors on the impact the pandemic was having on its business. The Cheesecake Factory said in March and April government filings that it was “operating sustainably” during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 04

Mining giant Glencore lays out climate plan as CEO retires

Mining giant Glencore says it aims to stop adding greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere by 2050
December 04
December 04

Norway's deputy central bank chief resigns over China ties

The deputy governor of Norway’s central bank is stepping down with immediate effect after he was not granted a new security clearance because he has ties to China via his wife
December 04
December 04

US trade deficit rises 1.7% to $63.1 billion in October

The U.S. trade deficit widened 1.7% in October to $63.1 billion
December 04
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. The U.S. trade deficit rose in August to the highest level in 14 years. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the gap between the goods and services the United States sells and what it buys abroad climbed 5.9% in August to $67.1 billion.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 04

Unemployment rate dips to 6.7% as employers add 245,000 jobs last month

The latest government jobs report sheds light on how the recovery is faring.
December 04
A "Now hiring" sign is displayed at a grocery store in Arlington Heights, Ill., Nov. 13, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.
December 04

India's winter of discontent: Farmers rise up against Modi

Tens and thousands of farmers have descended upon the borders of New Delhi to protest new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation
December 04
An elderly farmer shouts slogans as others listen to a speaker as they block a major highway during a protest to abolish new farming laws they say will result in exploitation by corporations, eventually rendering them landless, at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The busy, nonstop, arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people, now beat to the rhythm of never-heard-before cries of "Inquilab Zindabad" ("Long live the revolution"). Tens and thousands of farmers, with colorful distinctive turbans and long, flowing beards, have descended upon its borders where they commandeer wide swathes of roads. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
December 04

Fishing holds key to Brexit trade deal as talks drag on

As Brexit talks enter their decisive final days, there’s still a big catch: the fishing industry
December 04
FILE- In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 file photo, a fishing vessel is docked at Kilkeel harbor in Northern Ireland. Fishing has become one of the main stumbling blocs in the Brexit negotiations for a new trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/David Keyton, File)
December 04

Denmark to end oil, gas extraction in North Sea

Denmark has decided to end to all oil and gas offshore activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has cancelled its latest licensing round
December 04
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo of A.P. Moller-Maersk's oil rig in the North Sea named Halfdan. Denmark has decided to end to all oil and gas offshore activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has cancelled its latest licensing round, saying the country is "now putting an end to the fossil era.” The Danish Parliament voted late Thursday to end the offshore gas and oil extraction that started in 1972 and has made it the largest producer in the European Union. (Claus Bonnerup/Polfoto via AP,file)
December 04

Optimism growing for COVID-19 relief bill as pressure builds

Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate
December 04
President-elect Joe Biden arrives at The Queen theater, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 03

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St slips near record high

Asian stock markets have followed Wall Street lower after Pfizer cut the number of doses of a coronavirus vaccine it might ship this year
December 03
In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, specialist James Denaro works at his post on the trading floor, Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. U.S. stocks are inching further into record heights Thursday, as Wall Street continues to coast following its rocket ride last month powered by hopes for coming COVID-19 vaccines. (Nicole Pereira/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
December 03

As some pandemic aid ends, what's next for hurting Americans

It’s been a tough year and 2021 could get off to a rough start too as multiple pandemic- related programs and protections for millions of Americans come to an end
December 03
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's house in Swampscott, Mass. A moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control in September that protects certain renters from eviction expires at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 03

Automakers prep for stronger mileage standards under Biden

Now that it’s clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles
December 03
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, a motorist drives into the sunrise in Kansas City, Mo. At a board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a big industry trade association, recognized that change is coming. Alliance CEO John Bozzella said automakers are committed to working with the Biden administration, which will renew the fight against climate change and likely will undo pollution and gas mileage rollbacks made by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
December 03

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

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month
December 03
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump Administration has paved the way for an oil and lease sale in Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scheduling a lease sale for Jan. 6, 2021, before the president leaves office later next month. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)
December 03

PG&E rate hike aimed at improvements to ease fire risk

Pacific Gas & Electric’s household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risk that its outdated equipment will ignite more deadly wildfires
December 03
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, is a man walking past a Pacific Gas and Electric sign on a PG&E building in San Francisco. PG&E's household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risks that its outdated equipment will ignite deadly wildfires in its Northern California service territory. The higher prices, effective March 1, are expected to boost the bills of PG&E's residential customers by an average of $13.44 to per month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 03

Southwest warns nearly 7,000 workers of possible furloughs

Southwest Airlines is moving closer to the first furloughs in its history
December 03
December 03

In seismic shift, Warner Bros. to stream all 2021 films

In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros
December 03
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Timothee Chalamet, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from the upcoming 2021 film "Dune." Warner Bos. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate will stream on HBO Max at the same time they play in theaters. (Chia Bella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
December 03

Govt accuses Facebook of discriminating against US workers

The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs
December 03
FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs. The Justice Department announced the suit Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, alleging that the tech giant refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available U.S. workers for the positions that it reserved for temporary visa holders.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 03

Senate confirms Christopher Waller to serve on Fed's board

The Senate has narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump’s picks on the Fed’s influential board after a string of high-profile rejections
December 03
FILE - This Feb. 5, 2018, file photo shows the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System in the ground at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. The Senate on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump’s picks on the Fed’s influential board after a string of high-profile rejections. The vote in favor of Waller’s appointment was 48-47. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 03

CrowdStrike, Zscaler rise; Splunk, AMC Entertainment fall

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday: CrowdStrike, Zscaler rise; Splunk, AMC Entertainment fall
December 03
December 03

Boeing gets a boost from Ryanair order for 75 more Max jets

Boeing's troubled 737 Max jet is getting a vote of confidence from one of Europe's biggest budget airlines
December 03
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, a Ryanair plane parks at the airport in Weeze, Germany. Boeing's troubled 737 Max jet is getting a vote of confidence from Ireland's Ryanair, one of Europe's biggest budget airlines. Ryanair announced Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, that it will order 75 more Max jets, bringing its total orders to 210. The move comes just weeks before the plane is expected to resume flying. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
December 03

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

U.S. stock indexes ended mostly higher Thursday after a late stumble left the S&P 500 just short of another all-time high
December 03
December 03

DOJ alleges Facebook discriminated against US workers in new lawsuit

The lawsuit argues it unfairly favored hiring foreign workers.
December 03
A sign is seen at the entrance to Facebook's corporate headquarters location in Menlo Park, California, March 21, 2018.
December 03

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
December 03
December 03

OPEC, Russia to nudge up oil output after hit from pandemic

OPEC and a group of allied countries including Russia have agreed to increase their oil production by 500,000 barrels per day from January
December 03
December 03

Hillary, Chelsea Clinton to tell unheralded heroes' stories

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, are forming HiddenLight Productions, a company they say will tell the stories of people whose voices are often overlooked
December 03
December 03

5 MTA employees charged with overtime fraud scheme

The FBI called their alleged scheme “incredibly blatant.”
December 03
Passengers enter a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway, June 29, 2017, in New York City.
December 03

OPEC, Russia agree to nudge up oil output gradually from Jan

OPEC and a group of allied countries including Russia have agreed to increase their oil production by 500,000 barrels per day from January
December 03
December 03

Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine-related misinformation

Facebook says it will start removing false claims about COVID-19 vaccines, in its latest move to counter a tide of coronavirus-related online misinformation
December 03
December 03

US service sector growth slows for 2nd straight month

The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, registered its sixth consecutive month of expansion in November
December 03
December 03

3Q earnings offer an unexpected light in pandemic darkness

Companies in the S&P 500 reported that their earnings held up surprising well in the third-quarter despite an economy still struggling to recover from the virus pandemic
December 03
December 03

Police: Couple flew to Hawaii despite positive virus tests

Authorities say a couple was arrested at a Hawaii airport for traveling on a flight from California despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19
December 03
December 03

Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort that used targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information associated with a U.N. initiative for distributing coronavirus vaccine to developing countries
December 03
December 03

Kroger 3Q sales jump as virus surges and Americans stock up

Kroger’s sales surged in the third quarter as COVID-19 infections rose rapidly in the fall and Americans restocked pantries in anticipation of spending more time at home
December 03
December 03

US service sector expansion slows in November

The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, registered its sixth consecutive month of expansion in November
December 03
December 03

Walmart to give 4th round of bonuses to workers since virus

Walmart says for the fourth time during the pandemic it will give its 1.5 million U.S. part-time and full-time employees additional cash bonuses for their work
December 03
December 03

712,000 workers filed jobless claims last week

The latest data shows the ongoing pain of the pandemic on the labor market.
December 03
Sale signs are displayed in the window of a business on Dec. 01, 2020, in New York.
December 03

Mastercard SpendingPulse: November holiday sales up 5.1%

Retail sales rose 5.1% in November, as spending on home furnishings and electronics helped offset a drop in sales of clothing and at department stores
December 03
December 03

Asian shares advance on optimism over vaccines, stimulus

Shares are mostly higher in Asia, helped by progress toward rolling out coronavirus vaccines and talk of reaching a compromise on new help for the U.S. economy
December 03