The U.S. dollar index fell as Treasury bond yields eased and investors eyed next week's Federal Reserve meeting. "A slightly weaker U.S. dollar is supportive of oil prices," said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets. Brent crude was up 50 cents at $53.50 a barrel by 1200 GMT.
TOKYO (AP) — In a story Dec. 6 about the U.S. and Japanese leaders visiting Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor. He will be the first to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at the U.S. base in Hawaii.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an "activist agenda."