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  • Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes Associated Press - 1 minute 49 seconds ago
    Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

    Ranchers across Texas have gotten creative with their land after drought conditions decimated cattle numbers in the nation's leading production state. Many ranchers in Texas are opening up their pastures ...

  • USVI rejects bill to sell Hovensa oil refinery Associated Press - 3 minutes 8 seconds ago

    Legislators in the U.S. Virgin Islands have rejected a proposal to sell the former Hovensa oil refinery in St. Croix. Senators voted against an agreement that would have allowed a local company to buy ...

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking Associated Press - 18 minutes ago
    N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe ...

  • Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future Associated Press - 1 hour 46 minutes ago
    Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

    One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the ...

  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers Associated Press - 3 hours ago
    Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

    The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete. Don't fret — you aren't alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. ...

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place ...

  • Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula.

  • Falling oil prices worry Algeria Associated Press - 5 hours ago
    Falling oil prices worry Algeria

    With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch. Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia for example, Algeria may have ...

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of ...

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US Associated Press - 7 hours ago

    The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous ...

  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into ...

  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

    Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate ...

  • Iron Mountain reaches $44.5M settlement with US Associated Press - 11 hours ago

    Information storage and management company Iron Mountain agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle allegations that the company overcharged federal agencies for record storage services, authorities announced ...

  • FDA OKs Cubist antibiotic for serious infections Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine to fight complex infections in the abdomen and urinary tract, the fourth antibiotic the agency has approved since May. Zerbaxa treats serious ...

  • APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll ...

  • Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the ...

  • Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release Associated Press - 14 hours ago
    Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release

    Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information ...

  • FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved ...

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract ...

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is ...

  • Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments

    Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama's remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview": ...

  • Court finds anti-whaling protesters in contempt Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters ...

  • More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

    More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. "If only half of those result in adoptions, that would ...

  • A subsidiary of defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $27.5 million to resolve allegations that it overbilled the government, federal prosecutors announced Friday. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman ...

  • Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

    The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. ...

  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

    When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life ...

  • Kocherlakota warns Fed of 'unacceptable' risk Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    One of three Fed officials who dissented in the Fed's policy decision this week is warning that the central bank is taking an "unacceptable" risk by not paying more attention to the dangers posed ...

  • Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

    Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The office supply retailer announced in October that it was looking into a ...

  • The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes. Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, based ...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume increases Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    A look at the 10 biggest volume gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Alamos Gold Inc. : Approximately 9,562,100 shares changed hands, a 1,452.4 percent increase over its 65-day average ...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume decreases Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: BRT Realty Trust : Approximately 4,100 shares changed hands, a 84.7 decrease from its 65-day average volume. ...

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume decreases Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Birner Dental Management Services Inc. : Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.7 decrease from its 65-day average volume. ...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage increases Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Basic Energy Services Inc. rose 25.5 percent to $7.98. Comstock Resources Inc. rose 22.5 percent to $7.23. ...

  • A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: ImmunoGen Inc. fell 43.7 percent to $6.11. Finish Line Inc. fell 19.2 percent to $23.35. Bellicum Pharma fell 17.2 percent ...

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    A look at Nasdaq 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: American Realty Capital Properties Inc. fell .6 percent to $8.02 with 28,386,500 shares traded. Apple Inc. fell .8 percent to $111.78 with ...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Entravision Communications Corp. fell 9.5 percent to $6.45. Brown Shoe Co. fell 8.6 percent to $28.79. ...

  • Final Glance: Utilities companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top utilities companies were mixed at the close of trading: American Electric Power Co. fell $.09 or .2 percent, to $59.89. Consolidated Edison Inc. Holding Co. rose $.13 or .2 percent, ...

  • A look at the 10 biggest percentage gainers on Nasdaq at the close of trading: China HGS Real Estate Inc. rose 45.8 percent to $5.70. Carver Bancorp rose 44.9 percent to $9.00. Fate Therapeutics rose 42.4 ...

  • A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading: AT&T Inc. rose .1 percent to $33.54 with 38,466,100 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose .5 percent to $17.62 with ...

  • Final Glance: Staffing companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top staffing companies were mixed at the close of trading: Kelly Services Inc. class A rose $.10 or .6 percent, to $16.56. Korn/Ferry International Inc. rose $.14 or .5 percent, to $29.30. ...

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top supermarkets companies were down at the close of trading: Kroger fell $.09 or .1 percent, to $63.55. Safeway fell $.18 or .5 percent, to $34.77. Supervalu fell $.06 or .6 percent, to ...

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top telecom companies were mixed at the close of trading: AT&T Inc. rose $.03 or .1 percent, to $33.54. Verizon Communications Inc. fell $.03 or .1 percent, to $47.02.

  • Final Glance: Specialty Retail companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top specialty retail companies were mixed at the close of trading: Autozone Inc. rose $3.12 or .5 percent, to $618.60. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. fell $.03 or percent, to $73.55. Best Buy rose ...

  • Final Glance: Media companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top media companies were up at the close of trading: Comcast Corp. rose $.88 or 1.6 percent, to $57.17. Walt Disney Co. rose $.28 or .3 percent, to $92.89. Gannett rose $.88 or 2.8 percent, ...

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top silver companies were mixed at the close of trading: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.15 or 5.6 percent, to $2.81. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.13 or 1.4 percent, to $9.63. Silver Standard ...

  • Final Glance: Restaurant companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top restaurant companies were mixed at the close of trading: Brinker International Inc. fell $.27 or .5 percent, to $57.11. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. fell $4.18 or .6 percent, to $651.42. ...

  • Final Glance: Railroad companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX fell $.30 or .8 percent, to $35.76. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.60 or .9 percent, to $66.85. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Final Glance: Oil companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top oil companies were up at the close of trading: BP PLC rose $1.08 or 2.8 percent, to $39.40. Chevron rose $3.90 or 3.6 percent, to $112.93. ConocoPhillips rose $1.23 or 1.8 percent, to ...

  • Final Glance: Medical Devices companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top medical devices companies were mixed at the close of trading: Allergan rose $.45 or .2 percent, to $212.63. Baxter International Inc. rose $.41 or .6 percent, to $74.48. Boston Scientific ...

  • Final Glance: Managed Care companies Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    Shares of some top managed care companies were mixed at the close of trading: Aetna rose $.71 or .8 percent, to $90.84. Anthem rose $.24 or .2 percent, to $127.95. Cigna Corp. fell $.05 or percent, to ...

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