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Canadian National purchase of Iowa railroad will add 275 miles of track to North American network

Canadian National is buying a small railroad in Iowa to expand its network in the United States. CN announced the agreement to buy Iowa Northern Railway Wednesday without disclosing financial terms.

Norfolk Southern to end relocation aid right after one-year anniversary of its fiery Ohio derailment

Norfolk Southern railroad plans to stop paying relocation aid to people displaced by last February’s fiery derailment in eastern Ohio right after the one-year anniversary of the crash.

House backs GOP bill to block EPA rule on tailpipe pollution; slams plan as electric-vehicle mandate

House Republicans have approved a bill to block strict new tailpipe pollution limits proposed by the Biden administration, calling the plan a back-door mandate for electric vehicles.

UK authorities make arrest following investigation into the sale of unapproved jet engine parts

There’s been an arrest in the case of suspected unapproved aircraft parts, some of which have wound up on planes operated by leading airlines.

Top Wisconsin Senate Republican says a deal is near for university pay raises. UW officials disagree

The leader of the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate says lawmakers are nearing a deal that would allow for long-blocked pay raises for Universities of Wisconsin employees to take effect.

Trainers at New Jersey police seminar disparaged women, made ‘inappropriate’ remarks, officials say

A new state comptroller report finds that a police training seminar in New Jersey included instructors making lewd comments about women, encouraging officers to pull people over for no reason and showing a photo of an ape after talking about pulling over a 75-year-old Black man.

Wisconsin wedding barns face new regulations under liquor-law overhaul signed into law

Wisconsin’s wedding barns face new regulations under a liquor law overhaul bill they fought to kill but that Gov.

White House delays menthol cigarette ban, alarming anti-smoking advocates

The White House is pushing back a plan to ban menthol cigarettes, an unexpected delay that quickly sparked criticism from anti-smoking groups.

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday, 12/6/2023

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street after another sharp slide for the price of crude dragged down big oil-and-gas stocks.

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for January delivery fell $2.94 to $69.38 per barrel Wednesday. Brent crude for February delivery fell $2.90 to $74.30 per barrel.

Opening month of mobile sports betting goes smoothly in Maine as bettors wager nearly $40 million

Officials say bettors placed nearly $40 million in online bets during the first month since it became legal.

Hornets president and vice chairman Fred Whitfield stepping down after 17 seasons for health reasons

Charlotte Hornets president and vice chairman Fred Whitfield is stepping down from his position and departing the organization due to health reasons after more than 17 years leading the team’s business operations.

British American Tobacco writes down $31.5 billion as it shifts its business away from cigarettes

Shares of British American Tobacco tumbled Wednesday after the owner of Camel and American Spirit cigarettes took an impairment charge of about $31.5 billion, mainly related to its struggling U.S. cigarette brands with the number of people who smoke in steep decline.

Massachusetts governor says AI, climate technology and robotics are part of state’s economic future

Artificial intelligence, climate technology and robotics are some of the economic opportunities Democratic Gov.

Chaos at a government jobs fair in economically troubled Zimbabwe underscores desperation for work

HARARE, Zimbabwe (鶹ýapp) — A stampede at a government-organized job fair involving hundreds of young people in Zimbabwe desperate for work left some limping and others screaming in pain after being stomped on or beaten by security guards Wednesday.

3 killed at massive fire in Pakistan’s largest southern city of Karachi, officials say

Officials say a massive fire has swept through a multi-story commercial building in Pakistan’s largest southern port city of Karachi, killing at least three people and damaging several shops.

Union representing German train drivers calls strike that will hit passenger services

A union representing German train drivers is calling its members to strike for 24 hours this week, following the breakdown of talks with the main national operator in what is shaping up to be an unusually difficult dispute over pay and working hours.

FDA is inspecting plant in Ecuador that made lead-tainted fruit pouches

U.S. health officials have launched an inspection of a plant in Ecuador that made the cinnamon applesauce pouches linked to dozens of cases of acute lead poisoning in U.S. children.

Oregon power company to pay nearly $300 million to settle latest lawsuit over 2020 wildfires

Electricity utility PacifiCorp will pay $299 million to settle a lawsuit brought by about 220 customers who were harmed by devastating wildfires in southern Oregon in 2020.

Campbell Soup, Delta rise; British American Tobacco, Brown-Forman fall, Wednesday, 12/6/2023

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes on Wednesday: Campbell Soup, Delta rise; British American Tobacco, Brown-Forman fall