Money & Markets

Russian woman charged in first 2018 election meddling case

WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against ...

China’s economic growth slows amid trade battle with US

BEIJING — China's economic growth decelerated further in the latest quarter, adding to challenges for communist leaders as they fight a tariff battle with Washington. The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.5 percent over a year earlier in the three months ending in September, ...

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

SAN FRANCISCO — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. ...

West Coast quake warning system is now operational, with limits

PASADENA, Calif. — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. "We're making a large change from a production ...

Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO — Canada is now the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official ...

US wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’

the associated press TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. The drug industry's main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their ...

Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments

the Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia on Sunday threatened to retaliate for any sanctions imposed against it after President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if it is responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of ...

‘I love the Saudis’: Trump business ties to kingdom run deep

NEW YORK — He's booked hotel rooms and meeting spaces to them, sold an entire floor in one of his buildings to them and, in desperate moments in his career, gotten a billionaire from the country to buy his yacht and New York's Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park. President Donald Trump's ...

Arizona to launch test facility for self-driving technology

the Associated Press PHOENIX — Arizona will be home to a new, sprawling facility solely dedicated to researching autonomous vehicles, signaling the state's full embrace of the growing technology. Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Thursday creating the newly minted Institute for ...

World Bank head says trade tensions could worsen poverty

the associated press NUSA DUA, Indonesia — Escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China could undo global progress in helping end extreme poverty, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Thursday at the outset of bank's annual meeting with the International Monetary Fund and other ...

In boon for farmers, Trump lifts restrictions on ethanol

the Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump announced he is lifting a ...

SpaceX satellite launch lights up night sky, social media

LOS ANGELES — When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satellite from California's Central Coast, both the night sky and social media lit up. People as far away as San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix and Reno, Nevada, posted photos of the Falcon 9 rocket's launch ...

As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find

Are America's employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire? The U.S. economy has become a seemingly perpetual job-generating machine, having steadily added workers for nearly eight years. Even with the unemployment rate now at 3.7 percent — its lowest point since 1969 — ...

Not since 1969: US regains ultra-low 3.7 pct. unemployment

WASHINGTON — The last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now — December 1969 — the economy was overheating, inflation was spiking and a short recession soon followed. Could that happen again? Probably not anytime soon, most economists say. Yet ...

Oregon vineyards face losses amid concerns about smoke taint

the Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — Some Oregon lawmakers and winery owners scrambled Thursday to help a dozen vineyard owners who face the prospect of tons of grapes withering on the vine after a California company abruptly canceled contracts to buy the grapes worth millions of dollars over ...

Amazon’s $15 an hour a win? Not so, some say

the associated press NEW YORK — Amazon's announcement that it would raise its hourly minimum wage to $15 has been seen as a win for workers. But some longtime employees say they are losing out. Those who already made $15 will get an extra dollar an hour when the change is made next month, ...

Experts say Trump’s EPA moving to loosen radiation limits

WASHINGTON — The EPA is pursuing rule changes that experts say would weaken the way radiation exposure is regulated, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. The government's current, decades-old ...

GE, seeking path forward as a century-old company, ousts CEO

the associated press BOSTON — General Electric ousted its CEO, took a $23 billion charge and said it would fall short of profit forecasts this year, further signs that the century-old industrial conglomerate is struggling to turn around its vastly shrunken business. H. Lawrence Culp Jr. ...

Quarry experiencing labor shortage amid immigration debate

DENVER — Josh Buster should be pretty excited that Denver is working to revamp all of its sidewalks. He's the general manager of Lyons Sandstone, operators of a quarry that's has sourced the city's flagstones since people began installing them a century ago. Denver Public Works' repair and ...

SEC seeks to oust Tesla CEO Elon Musk over go-private tweet

the associated press DETROIT — U.S. securities regulators are asking a federal court to oust Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk, alleging in a complaint that he committed securities fraud with false statements about plans to take the company private. The Securities and Exchange Commission says in ...