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Monday 12/22/2014
Express Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into the fight over high-cost hepatitis C drugs with a coverage restriction that might ultimately lower prices and improve patient access to groundbreaking treatments for the liver-destroying virus.

Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows
Posted: December 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has Americans feeling richer and spending a bit more.

BMW expands US air bag recall nationwide
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — BMW has agreed to demands from the government to expand a recall of driver's-side air bags to the entire U.S.

Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When American freight trains delivered cargo after World War II, they commonly had seven people aboard — an engineer, a conductor, up to four brakemen and a fireman.

It's down to the wire for online shopping
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — 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 from shoppers caused delivery delays.

US stock indexes drift higher in afternoon trading
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

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 past three trading days. Discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices held back the rally.

It's becoming easier to shop overseas this holiday season
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, it's almost as simple to shop on the other side of the world as it is to buy from a store down the block.

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — 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 ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.

TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

MILAN (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.

FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.

US home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in Nov.
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months.

Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:16 pm

MIAMI (AP) — 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 liquor distilled in the communist nation.

Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.

Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.

Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:16 pm

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.

Caesar's Entertainment to buy affiliate
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Caesar's Entertainment will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load.

Sunday 12/21/2014
Asian markets gain as oil rebounds
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:01 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks.

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 1:01 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 12:32 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices.

How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 6:46 am

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess.

'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 6:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 5:02 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.

US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 5:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

Survey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 5:02 am

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.

Belarus' president promises help for Ukraine
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 5:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian president on Sunday promised to help Ukraine as it struggles through its pro-Russia separatist insurgency and economic hardships.

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 5:02 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.

Gulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percent
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 4:00 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent.

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:16 am

RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."

Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:16 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed.

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:05 am

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 2:31 am

PARIS (AP) — Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.

Saturday 12/20/2014
North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 9:31 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea 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 that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 8:00 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.

Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 2:00 pm

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.

Falling oil prices worry Algeria
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 12:31 pm

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 11:31 am

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 11:01 am

GAIL, Texas (AP) — The Muleshoe Ranch's profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state.

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 8:15 am

MIAMI (AP) — 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 action.

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:15 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 2:46 am

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
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 1:03 am

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.

EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 10:45 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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 the Dan River in North Carolina.

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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 of Antarctica.

Friday 12/19/2014
Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday 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 and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 5:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 5:31 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — 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.

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 was all but sealed.

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

MIAMI (AP) — 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. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.