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Last Updated Dec 17, 2014 06:12PM

New York • Hackers backed by North Korea perpetrated an unprecedented act of cyberwarfare against Sony Pictures that exposed tens of thousands of sensitive documents and escalated to threats of terror...

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  • FILE - In this April 21, 2010 file photo, economist and rice farmer Thomas Wynn pulls a rice plant from the ground to show its shallow root system, making it ideal for growing in the soil found in much of Wharton County in East Bernard, Texas. U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume after President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Alberto Martinez, File) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUT U.S.-Cuba thaw could benefit many sectors
    Washington • Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • At House of Pinault, turmoil is in fashion
    Paris • The hottest trend at France’s second-biggest luxury group this season: Executive departures as the owner tightens the reins. Asset sales may b...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oil-fueled drop of peso imperils Mexican bonds
    Mexico City • The peso’s plummet is threatening to upend Mexico’s effort to attract foreign investors to its local corporate bond market. The Finance ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gold slides after Fed drops ‘considerable time’
    Gold prices fell Wednesday amid concern that the Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates, cutting the metal’s appeal as a store of ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:39 pm   |     |   Share


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  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, supporters of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) hold placards during a protest after a woman was allegedly raped by a driver from ride-booking service Uber in New Delhi, India. Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions. In a blog post Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, Uber's head of global safety defended the company's safety record but also wrote that Uber says it will focus more on safety
    Los Angeles • Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictio...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press)   on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) McConnell wants to stop coal plant rules
    Washington • Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Comparing Fed’s views on timing of rate rise
    A comparison of the Federal Reserve’s statements from its two-day meeting that ended Wednesday and its meeting October 28-29: INTEREST RATES: Now: “Ba...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Plastic, it’s the currency of the 21st Century, but if your credit card is a Discover Card, then you’ve got more than ‘just’ plastic in your wallet. I...
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  • CORRECTS NAME OF RABBI TO LEVI SHEMTOV- Rabbi Levi Shemtov lights the national menorah during a ceremony marking the start of the celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The national menorah has been lit in front of the White House every year since 1979, when President Jimmy Carter attended the first lighting. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike; stocks soar
    Washington • The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be “patie...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Text of the Federal Reserve’s statement
    Washington • Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended: Information received since the Federal Open Market Co...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. Fed slashes inflation forecast for 2015
    Washington • The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for inflation next year, saying it will remain far below its 2 percent target through 20...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once severely-ill seven year old daughter Charlotte, as they walk together inside a greenhouse for a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web, which was named after the girl early in her treatment for crippling severe epilepsy, in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado is poised to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. Among the research projects poised for approval on Wednesday,  Dec. 17, 2014, are one for pediatric epilepsy patients, and another for children with brain tumors. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) Colorado funds medical marijuana research
    Denver • Colorado awarded more than $8 million for medical marijuana research Wednesday, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known abou...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 03:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ex-coal CEO seeks W.Va. mine blast trial delay
    Beckley, W.Va. • The former head of a coal company that ran the West Virginia mine where 29 men were killed in a 2010 explosion told a judge Wednesday...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks casino gaming during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. An announcement on casino siting in New York will be made this afternoon. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) New York panel’s rec: 3 upstate resort casinos
    Albany, N.Y. • Three economically distressed communities in upstate New York have been selected as sites for casinos, a panel announced Wednesday, bri...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Four indicted in W. Va. chemical spill case
    Charleston, W.Va. • Four former chemical company executives have been indicted on federal pollution charges over a January spill that triggered a ban ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Stanford aims to bring player pianos back to life
    Stanford, Calif. • Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before the...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Canadian chain postpones ‘The Interview’
    Toronto • Canada’s dominant theater chain has postponed its planning showings of the film “The Interview.” Cineplex joins other top theater chains in ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 02:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Banker/philanthropist gives $25M to South Dakota
    Sioux Falls, S.D. • Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to South Dakota for a scholarship program for the state’s technical school...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 05:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Nigerian budget slashed by slumping oil prices
    Abuja, Nigeria • Nigeria’s finance minister presented a 2015 budget of $23 billion to parliament on Wednesday, slashed by nearly $3 billion to accommo...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 10:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Philips to buy medical imaging firm Volcano
    Amsterdam • Royal Philips NV said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire U.S. medical equipment maker Volcano Corp. for $1.2 billion in a deal that would ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 10:30 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Oct. 9, 2014 photo, Shelley Harper, from Woodinville, Wash., works at her ConQuest Adventure Journal booth during the first day of New York Comic Con, at the Javits Convention Center. Harper raised nearly $12,000 to make her ConQuest Adventure Journals, a book for Comic Con attendees to store autographs, photos and other mementos, after it was chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be ‘Staff Pick’
    New York • Want your project to get selected as a “Staff Pick” on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that. Entrepreneurs and other users ha...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 09:48 am   |     |   Share