Emails: LGBT law cost N. Carolina project with 700 jobs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Internal emails show that city and state officials blame a North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections for a company's decision to pick another state for a new project that includes 700 jobs.


Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

Lawsuits seek to block or halt Wisconsin, Michigan recounts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Supporters of Republican Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit trying to halt Wisconsin's ongoing presidential recount, and Michigan's attorney general on Friday sued to stop a recount from happening in his state.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press; SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Residents line up to see wildfire-ravaged city; 13 dead

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) —€” People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

  • Written by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press; JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit. And the unemployment rate hit a nine-year low of 4.6 percent, though mainly because many people stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer