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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo President Barack Obama meets with Kevin Baker, left, the 2011 Iditarod winner on Kotzebue Shore Avenue, which has dealt with erosion problems, in Kotzebue, Alaska. Obama used his executive powers Friday, Dec. 9, to add protections to waters off Alaska's west coast. The White House announced creation of a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus "locally tailored" protections on marine resources. The area covers 112,300 square miles and supports the annual marine mammal migration of bowhead and beluga whales, Pacific walrus, ice seals and migratory birds. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik,File)

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea. Obama signed an executive order Friday to create a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus "locally tailored" protections on ...

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden speaks at the First Ministers' and National Indigenous Leaders' meeting in Ottawa, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.    (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that his government and the majority of Canada's provinces had come to an agreement on a national carbon pricing plan. Trudeau has been working on a national carbon pricing plan with the provinces for months amid worries about the United States heading in the ...

FILE - In this April 1, 2014 file photo, students gather behind a business looking for a Internet signal for their smart phones in Havana, Cuba. Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the deal say. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company, will formally sign the deal  in Havana, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the agreement said Friday. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company, will formally sign the deal Monday morning in Havana, the two people said. They spoke on condition ...

President-elect Donald Trump arrives for a rally in a DOW Chemical Hanger at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware. News of the move comes days before Trump was expected to describe changes he is making to ...

Ford CEO says Trump threats won't change small car plans

Ford Motor Co. is going ahead with plans to move small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico despite President-elect Donald Trump's recent threats to impose tariffs on companies that move work abroad. CEO Mark Fields said Ford's plan to move production of the Ford Focus from Michigan to Mexico will ...

Red tape halts new Southwest flights to Mexico after 3 days

Southwest Airlines has stopped new flights between Los Angeles and Mexico because Mexican authorities haven't finished the paperwork formally authorizing the service. American Airlines has been forced to delay one new route to Mexico while it too awaits approval from Mexico. In both cases, the new flights were added after ...

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank. "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They ...

South Africa company to buy Stillwater Mining Co. for $2.2B

The company that owns Montana's largest mining complex announced Friday that it will be acquired by a South African company for $2.2 billion in a deal that requires U.S. government approval. Sibanye Gold Limited will buy Littleton, Colorado-based Stillwater Mining Company under a merger agreement expected to close in the ...

President-elect Donald Trump arrives at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La., to attend a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years. The detailed questionnaire seeks a list of all political appointees and senior executives ...

Italy's Monte dei Paschi denies ECB notice on deadline

Shares in troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena plunged Friday following news reports that the bank's request for more time to raise new capital from investors had been rejected by regulators. But the bank said it hadn't received official notification and was planning to hold another board meeting ...

FILE - This Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange at sunset, in lower Manhattan.  Global stocks continued to rise Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 as investors remained buoyed by the European Central Bank's decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Record-setting stock streak hits sixth day on broad gains

U.S. stocks rose for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continued to set records. The biggest gains went to companies that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods. Stocks were solidly higher throughout the day ...

Gov't: Takata air bag recalls to cover 42M cars when done

The U.S. government is trying to get automakers to move faster to fix 42 million vehicles that are being recalled because of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. Expressing renewed concern about the pace of the recall, which is the largest ever for the U.S. auto industry, officials from the ...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens to questions during a special committee on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the parliament's upper house in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the TPP, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact. Upper house lawmakers approved the TPP, heeding Abe's calls to push ahead with it despite Trump's rejection of the free-trade initiative championed by President Barack Obama. (Yoshinobu Shimizu/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact. Upper house lawmakers approved the TPP on Friday, heeding Abe's calls to push ahead with it despite Trump's rejection of the free-trade ...

Trump expected to name a top Goldman exec to economic post

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Gary Cohn, the No. 2 executive at the powerhouse Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, to a prominent White House economic post. That's according to two people informed of the decision. Cohn, 56, would lead the White House's National Economic Council, a posting that ...

In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn arrives at Trump Tower in New York, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.  Trump is expected to pick Cohn to lead the White House National Economic Council, according to two people informed of the decision.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump expected to tap Goldman banker for economic post

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn to an influential White House economic post, two people informed of the decision said Friday. Cohn, 56, would lead the White House National Economic Council, a posting that would require him to leave his $21 million a year ...

FILE - In this May 8, 2013 file photo, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent speaks during a news conference in Atlanta.  Coca-Cola said Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 that Kent will step down as CEO next year and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer James Quincey.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink. Chief Operating Officer James Quincey, long expected to become the next CEO, will take ...

In this Dec. 8, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. The nation’s business community has begun to pressure the Donald Trump to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy. The push, led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire ...

Justices will consider forfeiture dispute in drug case

The Supreme Court will decide whether a Tennessee man convicted for his role selling iodine water purification filters to methamphetamine makers can be required to forfeit nearly $70,000 in profits. The justices said Friday they will hear an appeal from Terry Honeycutt, who helped sell more than 20,000 filters at ...

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation that establishes comprehensive regulations for the testing, use and eventual sale of autonomous vehicle technology at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich., on Friday Dec. 9, 2016.   The package of bills signed into law Friday comes with few specific state regulations and leaves many decisions up to automakers and companies like Google and Uber. It also allows automakers and tech companies to run autonomous taxi services and permits test parades of self-driving tractor-trailers as long as humans are in each truck.  (Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. The package of bills signed into law Friday comes with few specific state regulations and leaves many decisions up ...

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees to buy Europe's Sky

Rupert Murdoch may get all of European broadcaster Sky after all after the U.K. phone-hacking scandal scotched a previous effort. Sky said Friday that Murdoch's entertainment conglomerate 21st Century Fox has reached a preliminary deal to buy the rest of Sky for 10.75 pounds ($13.60) per share, the equivalent of ...

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