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New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne meets with Trump, gives endorsement of ‘Platinum Plan’

New Orleans-born rapper Lil Wayne has given his approval of President Trump’s “Platinum Plan.”

Dept. of Commerce explains Atlantic Beach strip club’s ‘essential’ business designation

Gov. Northam says Robert E. Lee monument will be removed as soon as possible

GBI releases new details after father, son charged with murder of Ahmaud Arbery

GBI: ‘Sufficient probable cause’ for arrest of father, son in shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery

Moss Point sailor baptized at sea aboard the USS Truman

BBB: Stop sharing senior pictures on social media

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Tyler Perry surprises shoppers by paying for groceries at Winn Dixie stores

Gulf Shores announces cancellation of the 2020 Hangout Music Festival

Dolly Parton to begin reading bedtime stories to children online

Lee County community members ‘Park and Pray’ for hospital staff

Students will not go back to school in Alabama, schools are moving to online learning

Waffle House closes 365 locations across the U.S.

Dozens of inmates released from Smith County Jail over Covid-19 concerns

The Smith County Jail is taking steps to prevent more infections.

Truck drivers having difficult time getting meals

Truck drivers who don't have mini fridges or cooking capabilities in their trucks are having a difficult time getting meals on the road.

Baton Rouge area pastor defies governor, welcomes large gathering into church service

The pastor of a Louisiana church who says he believes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is “politically motivated” defied government orders and welcomed hundreds of people into his church service Tuesday evening (March 17).

Beehive, 8-feet long, discovered in apartment ceiling

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control said in a statement that they removed the hive from the ceiling of a living room in Richmond on Monday.

New bill would require daycares to call if child doesn’t show up

Coroner releases cause of death of 5-year-old killed in Christmas parade

  Lincoln County specialty tea farm finds niche for their product worldwide

Reports: Charming Charlie closing all 261 stores after filing bankruptcy

New scam hits YouTube: What to watch out for

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Top Jobs for 2019

Seattle homes attract fewer multiple bids as market cools

Seattle's days as a real estate market where homes attract multiple bids are slowing down

‘Is this the best a man can get?’: New Gillette ad challenges men to ‘be better’

Company officials say they have no plans to pull the ad in the face of some negative reaction.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

If injected, the drug could cause vein irritation/phlebitis or pulmonary embolic events that could result in permanent impairment of body function or damage to body structures, such as the lungs and vascular system.

Marriott data breach exposes 5 million unencrypted passport numbers

Marriott says that fewer guest records were involved in a previously announced data breach than it initially disclosed. The lodging company said Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, that it now believes that the number of potentially involved guests is lower than the 500 million originally estimated.

US stocks hold modest gain on final day of volatile year

Stocks are moving higher as Wall Street draws closer to ending the final day of trading in a volatile year

US Ambassador: Major trade deal with UK may not be possible

The U.S. ambassador to Britain has cast doubts on whether a major bilateral trade deal can be reached if Parliament approves the Brexit proposal from Prime Minister Theresa May

World stocks rise on last day of turbulent year

Stock markets turn higher on last day of a volatile year after U.S. President Donald Trump says he expects to resolve trade friction with China.

House Democrats have a plan to re-open government

House Democrats are introducing legislation to re-open government, but without extra money for President Donald Trump's border wall

China factory activity shrinks for the first time in 2 years

China factory activity falls amid tariff fight, economic downturn

Asian markets mostly higher in quiet New Year's Eve trading

Shares mostly higher in subdued New Year's Eve trading as China, US signal potential for progress on trade

Court extends detention for Nissan ex-chair Ghosn by 10 days

The Tokyo District Court said Monday that former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will be detained at least through Jan. 11

Journalist group counts 94 slayings of media staff in 2018

An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half-dozen years

'Aquaman' still rules, and others see a post-Christmas bump

'Aquaman' still rules the box office, but other films enjoy a post-Christmas bump too

Minimum wage rising in 20 states and numerous cities

Millions of minimum wage workers will be getting a pay raise with the new year

Gains, growing pains mark California's 1st year of legal pot

California's legal marijuana market remains a work in progress as it enters its second year

The Latest: Trump's wall may be different than advertised

Trump confidants indicate his promise to build a wall along the border won't be fulfilled as advertised

EU's Juncker urges Britain: get your act together on Brexit

The head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain to "get your act together" and decide what exactly the country wants as Brexit looms

The Latest: Tribune says newspapers hit by computer virus

Tribune Publishing says a computer virus disrupted production of the Chicago Tribune and its other newspapers across the country, the Chicago Tribune reports

Trump's promise of a wall may not be fulfilled as advertised

Three Trump confidantes indicate his signature campaign pledge to build a wall along the border won't be fulfilled as advertised

Computer virus hits Tribune Publishing, Los Angeles Times

A computer virus hit newspaper printing plants in Los Angeles and at Tribune Publishing newspapers across the country

New laws are putting California further at odds with Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown is stepping down after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year that further position California as a goad to Republican President Donald Trump

Trump says 'big progress' made in talks with China

President Donald Trump says "big progress" is being made in talks between the U.S. and China to head off further escalation in a yearlong trade war

Short on solutions, long on blame in 2nd shutdown weekend

It's the weekend blame game: Trump tweets he's waiting in the White House for Democrats to 'come on over and make a deal on border security,' despite little direct contact with Democrats

Sears, facing liquidation, says it will close 80 more stores

Sears is closing 80 more stores as it teeters on the brink of liquidation. The 130-year-old retailer set a deadline for Friday for bids for its remaining stores to avert closing down completely.

Lampert's hedge fund makes last-minute bid to save Sears

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert's hedge fund says it submitted a last-minute bid valued at $4.4 billion to keep the struggling retailer from being liquidated

Farmers risk loss of federal payments, loans, from shutdown

Farmers risk loss of certain federal payments, loans and disaster aid starting next week if shutdown lasts

Wells Fargo pays $575 million to settle state investigations

Wells Fargo to pay $575 million to settle state investigations into phony accounts, other practices.

Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants

Kosovo to tax international branded goods made in Serbia

Kosovo government has extended the 100 percent tariff to all international brand goods which are produced in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Wall Street faces annual losses despite solid gains for week

Wall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market's first weekly gain since November

US pending home sales slipped 0.7 percent in November

US pending home sales drop 0.7 percent in November as would-be buyers struggle to afford homes

Italy's premier insists budget deal not dictated by EU

Italy's premier denies that the new budget was dictated by the European Commission, saying that he held firm on key points like the basic income and the rollbacks in an unpopular pension reform

Markets Right Now: US stocks waver in midday trading

Stocks are wavering between small gains and losses as the market continues to churn amid the volatile trading that has gripped the market throughout December

Tesla names independent board members in SEC settlement

Tesla names 2 independent board members as part of settlement with US regulators

Spanish economy up 0.6 percent in third quarter of 2018

Spain's national statistics office says that the southern European country grew 0.6 percent in the third quarter of 2018

GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sight

Shutdown will almost certainly spill over to next year, when Democrats will control the House

Global stocks gain after Wall Street rally, Japan falls

Global stock markets rise after Wall Street's rally, Japan falls, oil prices rebound strongly

Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink customers

Many CenturyLink customers across the U.S. were without internet Thursday amid a lengthy outage that even affected some Verizon customers

Nielsen's top programs for Dec. 17-23

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Dec. 17-23

Elon Musk asks judge to toss diver's lawsuit in Thai dustup

Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver who accused the tech entrepreneur of falsely calling him a pedophile

Quiz: Test your knowledge of this year's business news

Test your knowledge of the year's business with this quiz

Investment fraud case in US expands to 4 women from Israel

A federal investigation of a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme has led to criminal charges in Maryland against four women who worked for an Israel-based company

US consumer confidence tumbles in December

US consumer confidence falls this month to lowest level since July

US long-term mortgage rates dropped to 4.55 pct. average

US long-term mortgage rates fell this week, offering a slight degree of relief to would-be homebuyers after the stock market has tumbled

Japan falls, other Asian stocks gain after Wall Street rally

Most Asian stock markets gain, Japan edges down after Wall Street rally

Markets Right Now: US stocks rally, erase big drop in Dow

Stocks rally in late afternoon, erasing big losses, but Dow, S&P still down for full year.

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

A Russian Cabinet official says the nation's new strategic weapon can pierce any missile defenses

London police chief warns of Brexit costs, safety threats

London's police chief has suggested that Brexit will be costly and could have a damaging effect on public safety

China says plans made for US trade talks in January

China's government says it has made arrangements for trade talks with US officials in January aimed at ending a dispute that threatens to depress global trade

Markets roil, futures slump after Dow's record, one-day gain

One of the few constants in global markets this holiday week: extreme volatility

Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

The legal marijuana industry exploded in 2018, with legalization spreading in the U.S. and across Canada, billions invested in cannabis companies and a cannabis-based drug getting regulatory approval.

1,000s of Taiwanese protest taxes with nod to French rallies

Thousands of Taiwanese are protesting for the third time in a week to demand lower taxes and the fair handling of tax disputes

Wall Street notches best day in 10 years in holiday rebound

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,000 points _ it's biggest point-gain ever _ as Wall Street notched its best day in 10 years Wednesday, rallying back from a Christmas Eve plunge

Australian trader pleads guilty to 'spoofing' in Chicago

An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars and canceling them within milliseconds to sell smaller orders at a profit

A strong economy translates into big sales this holiday

US holiday sales notch strongest growth in six years with Americans feeling strongly about the economy

Potholes, water woes: New Orleans seeks more of tourist tax

Spend a night at a New Orleans hotel and the tax bite can exceed 15 percent. Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the taxes pull in an estimated $166 million a year, but less than 10 percent goes to city government coffers.

FBI concerned by money mules roped into fraud schemes

The FBI is grappling with a seemingly endless cycle of money laundering schemes that law enforcement officials say they're scrambling to slow through a combination of prosecution and public awareness

US home price growth slowed in October

US home prices rose 5 percent in October, down from an annual gain of 5.2 percent in September