The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Report: Student-loan servicers not held accountable

NEW YORK — The nine companies and organizations tasked with servicing the accounts of the nation's 30 million student-loan borrowers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible, a new report finds.

Kinzinger deployed to U.S.-Mexico border with guard unit

CHANNAHON (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit.

Man gets 14 years for drug-induced homicide

WHEATON (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who admitted to supplying a fatal dose of heroin to an acquaintance has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

El Nino is back, but it's late, weak and probably no big deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature formed in the central Pacific, but forecasters don't expect it to last more than three or four months.

Renault's revenue, net profit down in 2018

PARIS (AP) — In its first results since the downfall of former chairman Carlos Ghosn, French carmaker Renault reported a 35 percent slump in profits last year and warned about the impact to business if Britain crashes out of the European Union next month without a deal.

Heavy rain triggers California mudslides, evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, filling normally dry creeks and rivers with muddy torrents, flooding roadways and forcing residents to flee their homes in communities scorched by wildfires.

Senate confirms Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Amazon dumps New York as new headquarters site

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and others objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives promised to the company.

Coal-fired plant set to close, despite Trump support

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pressure from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a move that will further reduce its dependence on coal.

Outlook overshadows strong quarter at Coca-Cola

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola posted solid quarterly profit and revenue numbers, but the strong dollar could slow sales in the coming year.

The headinwinds overshadowed a respectable fourth quarter, and shares slid almost 3 percent before the opening bell Thursday.

Coca-Cola Co. reported net income of $870 million, after a loss in the same period last year.