Dow nears 20,000 barrier as higher wages boost stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is tantalizingly close to the 20,000 mark Friday as U.S. stock indexes close in on all-time highs following a shaky start. The federal government's December jobs report showed that wages jumped by the largest amount in seven years, though hiring was a bit weaker than expected. Technology and industrial companies are making the biggest gains.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

FBI: Roof displaying racist symbols even during trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof is as entrenched in his white supremacist beliefs as ever, even wearing shoes this week with racist symbols drawn on them, an FBI agent testified Friday.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD , Associated Press

SeaWorld: Tilikum, orca that killed trainer, has died

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tilikum the orca has died after more than two decades at SeaWorld Orlando, where he gained notoriety for killing a trainer in 2010 and was later profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER and JENNIFER KAY , Associated Press

US approves fix for some Volkswagen diesels

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen will soon be able to repair some of its diesel cars so they meet U.S. emissions standards.

  • Written by DEE-ANN DURBIN , AP Auto Writer