ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle tainted peanut butter case

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A ConAgra subsidiary pleaded guilty Tuesday and agreed to pay $11.2 million — including the largest criminal fine ever imposed for a foodborne illness in the United States — to resolve a decade-long criminal investigation into a nationwide salmonella outbreak blamed on tainted peanut butter.

  • Written by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

With Tillerson, Trump keeps betting big on business leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — In selecting Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump is making the same bet he asked voters to make on him: that a track record of business accomplishment will translate into success in government.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

Prosecutors ask judge to allow Cosby's accusers to testify

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby used his fame to gain the trust of women before knocking them out with pills and drinks so he could sexually assault them, prosecutors argued Tuesday as they sought to persuade a judge to allow 13 of his accusers to testify in his upcoming sexual assault trial.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press; MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

Prosecutors give timeline of accused church shooter actions

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Through a dozen witnesses on Tuesday, federal prosecutors reconstructed the activities of Dylann Roof in the months leading up to night he went to a black Charleston church and shot nine members to death during a Bible study session.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

China warns Trump ignoring one-China policy could hurt peace

BEIJING (AP) — Any change in U.S. policy favoring formal recognition of Taiwan will "seriously" damage peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and undermine relations between Beijing and Washington, a Chinese government spokesman said Wednesday.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press