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UPDATE 3-U.S. attorneys argue Aetna-Humana deal violates antitrust law

(Add testimony of Aetna executive; updates share prices) By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, Dec 5 A U.S. Justice Department attorney told a federal judge on Monday that health insurer Aetna Inc's planned acquisition of Humana Inc would break antitrust law by reducing competition in Medicare Advantage and Obamacare exchange businesses, kicking off a trial expected to last weeks. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in July asking the court to stop Aetna's $34 billion deal fo

UPDATE 2-United Airlines mechanics ratify new contract

NEW YORK, Dec 5 Union mechanics at United Continental Holdings Inc on Monday ratified a six-year joint collective bargaining agreement with the airline, marking the end to several years of contract talks between the two parties.

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Trump fires opening salvo in risky test of wills with Beijing

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump indicated a tougher U.S. approach to China by speaking to Taiwan's president last week, but how far he will push a risky test of wills to wring concessions from Beijing on issues from trade to North Korea is unclear.