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FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a comb…

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Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corp…

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German Amazon strikes to last until Christmas Eve

BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union says striking workers at four Amazon.com distribution centers in Germany will remain off the job until Chri…

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Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market

Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market, it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too.

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US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes crept higher on Friday as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's as…

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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, tr…

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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a pl…

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Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn't expect it to br…

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AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, …

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US says traffic deaths fell about 3 pct in 2013

DETROIT (AP) — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped just over 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles tra…

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Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade e…

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US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes crept higher on Friday as the market comes off a massive two-day rally spurred by the Federal Reserve's as…

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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, tr…

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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a pl…

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Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn't expect it to br…

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AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, …

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US says traffic deaths fell about 3 pct in 2013

DETROIT (AP) — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped just over 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles tra…

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Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade e…

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Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the relea…

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NLRB alleges that McDonald's Corp. violates worker rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board issued complaints Friday against McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees over worker rights.

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T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services

WASHINGTON (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't …

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Volcker critical of delays in namesake rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bea…

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AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — U.S. regulators have granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of drugs for ovarian cancer, AstraZeneca…

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Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping

BERLIN (AP) — Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobil…

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Warren County passes local right-to-work law

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — If you want to build Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky, you have one option: Join a labor union.

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Global oil impact: Who's hurting, happy, hopeful

Global oil impact: Who's hurting, happy, hopeful

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil's plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe.

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Cyprus: initial offshore drilling finds no gas

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Energy Ministry says initial exploratory drilling by an Italian-Korean consortium off Cyprus' southern coast ha…

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2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The…

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Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as con…

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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

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…

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Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com.

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Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across th…

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US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in midday trading as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

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Air France-KLM stock drops on profit warning

PARIS (AP) — Air France-KLM shares have plunged more than 8 percent in the wake of the airline's warning that weak demand on several long-haul…

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Another big catch for Thai co. in $1.5B bid for Bumble Bee

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai food company may be landing another whopper in the U.S. with its $1.5 billion bid for Bumble Bee Seafoods.

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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

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

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Grain lower and livestock higher

CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down

Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down

NEW YORK (AP) — Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter but its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.

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Hungary official says disputed Internet tax plan 'dead'

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, "is dead and will never come back…

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Chrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks

Chrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or t…

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US stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rally

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening mostly higher in the U.S. as the market comes off a massive two-day rally.

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US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one o…

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Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchanges

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled ov…

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Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government l…

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Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United St…

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HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday afte…

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Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten …

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Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theater…

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China's wealth finds home in Washington state

China's wealth finds home in Washington state

MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between Chi…

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Business briefs

Business briefs

Sears Hometown Store opens in Nogales; invasive pest found on prickly pear shipment at Nogales border; and other news.

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Last-minute holiday shopper's cheat sheet

Last-minute holiday shopper's cheat sheet

Here’s a procrastinator’s guide to making sure Santa’s sleigh is brimming with packages.

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Harney: Surprisingly, owners tend to underestimate homes' value

Harney: Surprisingly, owners tend to underestimate homes' value

On average they now underestimate the value by 1.6 percent, study says.

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Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does busi…

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Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knee…

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Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday afte…

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Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'

Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'

Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."

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China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

CHICAGO (AP) — China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-…

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Questions and answers about traveling to Cuba

Questions and answers about traveling to Cuba

Travel companies are salivating at the chance to set up shop in Cuba.

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Judge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a …

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Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said i…

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