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  • Judge orders ex-billionaire jailed for contempt

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered Tim Blixseth jailed after the onetime billionaire and embattled real estate mogul failed to comply with an order to pay nearly $14 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort. At a hearing in Butte, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon said the Yellowstone Club…

  • Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation’s biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for…

  • Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

    BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against Fenway Sports Group and Otis Elevator Co.…

  • 2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

    BOSTON (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Boal issued an electronic order saying that the U.S. attorney’s office had “not met its…

  • Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

  • Fed gives banks more time to sell risky holdings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is delaying by two years a requirement that U.S. banks sell off their riskiest investments such as stakes in private equity and hedge funds. Banks say they need more time to complete the sales. The sales are mandated by the Volcker Rule, approved in 2010 as part of a…

  • Foxwoods hiring of convict challenged in court

    MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The felony conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official should have kept him from receiving a management job at the tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino, an attorney for another tribal member argued Thursday. The former tribal councilor, Steven Thomas, received the personnel position at the country’s largest casino last December…

  • Correction: Cuba-Travel story

    NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000. A corrected version of the story is below: US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba…

  • A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors. Whether it’s immigration or Internet access, climate change or Cuba, Obama is laying down a foundation that while fragile and subject to change is defining how he enters…

  • New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK (AP) — C’est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge Friday approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint brought by community groups. They objected to the onslaught of…

  • Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony’s decision to cancel “The Interview” in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business, and it’s killing artists’ faith in studios to release envelope-pushing content. Gore Verbinski said Fox pulled out of plans to support his North Korea-set thriller, and theaters that planned to screen…

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert

    ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Evidence in Sony hack ‘whodunit’ mostly circumstantial; US weighs a North Korea response WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools…

  • Plea hearing set for ex-manager in halal food case

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company’s exporting and marketing practices, according to court documents filed Thursday. Conspiracy charges filed against Philip G. Payne are the latest involving the Midamar Corp., which is…

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks. The instrument resembles a fireplace poker, with a sharp hook on one end that is…