• Superintendent Jackie Ratliff, a coal miner of 25 years, walks towards a pile of coal waiting to be shipped at a processing plant Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Welch, W.Va. Central Appalachia’s struggle is familiar to many rural regions across the U.S., where middle-class jobs are disappearing or gone and young people have no other choice than to leave to find opportunity. But the problems are amplified in coal country, where these difficult economic and social conditions have gripped the region for decades and where there is hardly any flat land to build anything. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Appalachia grasps for hope as coal loses its grip

    WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don’t stand up all day.

  • In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo, an eagle sits on a branch near the shoreline of the Rappahannock river at Fones Cliff in Richmond County, Va. A developer is proposing a luxury development of hundreds of homes and other attractions on a cliff overlooking this critical feeding area for migratory waterfowl. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    A proposed luxury resort where eagles soar stirs anger

    WARSAW, Va. (AP) — Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They perch in trees atop pale cliffs rising along this river to the Chesapeake Bay and dive bomb the waters for shad, catfish, stripers and even waterfowl.

  • FILE In this Sept. 3, 2015 file picture the President of the  European Central Bank. ECB,  Mario Draghi smiles prior to a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. ECB head Mario Draghi has signaled clearly that action is coming this week when the bank's governing council meets On Thursday Dec. 3, 2015.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

    European Central Bank may surprise with size of new stimulus

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Christmas is coming — and some investors are already convinced they will unwrap an early present Thursday in the form of more economic stimulus from the European Central Bank.

    Updated: 4:49 am

  • Missouri governor, Rams owner meet day before NFL meeting

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon met with Rams owner Stan Kroenke Monday, the day before an NFL owners meeting in Dallas where teams will discuss putting a franchise in Los Angeles.

    Updated: 8:23 pm

  • Farmington-area oil and gas tax revenue still dropping

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — As tax revenue from the Farmington area’s oil and gas sector continues its downward trend, the city is relying more heavily on retail and San Juan County is considering budget cuts.

  • In this Wednesday, June 24, 2015 file photo, Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris delivers to the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Bud Norris can earn $2.75M in starts bonuses in Braves’ deal

    ATLANTA (AP) — Right-hander Bud Norris can earn $2.75 million in bonuses based on starts in addition to his $2.5 million salary with the Atlanta Braves.

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the IMF in Washington, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, to announce the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    China joins IMF currency basket: Why it matters

    BEIJING (AP) — The addition of China’s yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro.

    Updated: 7:52 pm

  • File-In this undated image released by the New York City Health Department, shows a graphic that will soon be warning NYC consumers of high salt content. New York City is opening a new era in nutritional warnings this week: Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.  The first-of-its-kind rule takes effect Tuesday. It will require a salt-shaker-like emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium. That’s about a teaspoon.  (Antonio D'Angelo/New York City Health Department via AP)

    NYC’s novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

  • In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up “Cyber Monday” deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys.

  • This July 15, 2013, file photo, shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets were mostly lower Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, as investors looked ahead to this week's public appearances by the U.S. Federal Reserve chief for signs of whether the central bank will raise interest rates in December. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US stocks are little changed in early trading after holiday

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as improved manufacturing in Japan offset weak Chinese data. The addition of the yuan to the IMF’s basket of globally important currencies bolstered confidence China is making progress with financial and economic liberalization.

    Updated: 8:29 pm