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Last Updated Dec 22, 2014 11:51AM

Atlanta • As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders …

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  • French power company to pay $772M in bribery case
    Washington • A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million in penalties to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking ...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:48 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2009 photo, a bottle of Havana Club rum, center, sits on a shelf for sale at Pantry II Liquors in Miami. U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the potential for making Cuba Libres with Cuban rum, now that Americans visiting the Caribbean island will be allowed to bring home rum distilled there for the first time since the embargo took effect 55 years ago. Meanwhile, industry titan Bacardi, which was driven from the island by the 1959 Castro revolution, says it’s waiting to see what the impacts of thawing US-Cuba relations will be.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) Coming soon to U.S.: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum
    Miami • U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home ...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:42 am   |     |   Share
  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust authority
    Milan • Italy’s antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business p...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Alexei Kudrin gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Alexei Kudrin, Russia’s finance minister in 2000-2011, has predicted a major economic crisis in Russia next year even if the prices on oil, the backbone of the Russian economy, go up. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
    Moscow • Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy— a clear sign that the slide in the value of the rub...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 09:51 am   |     |   Share


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  • FILE- This Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 file photo shows a house for sale in Los Angeles. The National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in November on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) U.S. home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in Nov.
    Washington • Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months. The National Association of Realtors said Mond...
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  • FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stock indexes are opening mostly higher Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, as the market builds on its big gains from last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) U.S. stock indexes drift higher in midday trading
    Stocks moved slightly higher in afternoon trading Monday, on pace to build modestly on gains from last week. The market has closed higher over the pas...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 11:49 am   |     |   Share
  • Survey: U.S. gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon
    Camarillo, Calif. • The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47. Industry a...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this file April 5, 2011, file photo, Jami Cash, daughter of dead coal miner Michael Elswick, attends a vigil following the Upper Big Branch Memorial Service in Whitesville, W.Va., for  the 29 coal miners killed in an explosion at the mine in Montcoal, W.Va. Coal mines are on pace this year to set a new low mark in mining deaths. So far in 2014 there have been 14 coal mine-related deaths, and with less than a month left in the year, the number could stay well below the record 18 set in 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner, File) U.S. coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths
    Louisville, Ky. • Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the n...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim Naimi leaves the hall during the opening day of the 10th Arab energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates • Saudi Arabia’s oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in orde...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, tourists take a ride in a classic American convertible car with the Cuban national flag painted on the trunk, in Havana, Cuba. American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week’s announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving communist regimes. The opening to Cuba could benefit, among others, U.S. farmers, auto and tractor makers, airline and hotel companies and telecom equipment makers. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File) U.S. companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles
    Washington • Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront...
    Updated Dec 21 2014 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, a man walks by a sign advertising currencies of an exchange office in Moscow. Russia has been badly affected by the slide in oil prices in 2014, and the ruble has plunged despite big increases in interest rates as much of Russia's economy is based on energy. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File ) Global oil impact: Who’s hurting, happy, hopeful
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  • Myriad test approved for use with cancer drug
    WASHINGTON, D.C. • U.S. regulators have granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of drugs for ovarian cancer, AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynpar...
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  • FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Major stock indexes are creeping higher on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's assurance that it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) U.S. stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally
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  • NLRB alleges McDonald’s violations
    Washington • The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald’s Corp. as a “joint-employer” with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. res...
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  • Five ways to make your email safer in hack attack
    Los Angeles • The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers ac...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Staples: Customer data exposed in breach
    Portland, Ore. • Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The off...
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  • FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack
    Washington • President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in deciding to shelve a film about a plot to assassi...
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  • This Dec. 16, 2014 photo shows the Nikon D750 camera, in Decatur, Ga. The D750 is a full-frame digital SLR camera capable of shooting high-definition video at 60 frames per second. It has a 24.3 megapixel sensor and built-in Wi-Fi for communication directly with tablets and smartphones. (AP Photo/Ron Harris) Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options
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  • Security flaws allow cellular eavesdropping
    Berlin • Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traff...
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  • Warren County passes local right-to-work law
    Bowling Green, Ky. • If you want to build Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky, you have one option: Join a labor union. The General Motors plant in W...
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