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Last Updated Dec 21, 2014 11:51AM

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 analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices wil...

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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
    New York • Oil’s plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe. The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the eco...
    Updated Dec 19 2014 03:27 pm   |     |   Share


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