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Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, specialist Jay Woods is reflected in a screen at his post that shows five years of the Dow Jones industrial average, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped above 17,000 for the first time that day after the…

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Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Actavis CEO Brenton Saunders, left, and Allergan CEO David Pyott pose for a photo on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday. Actavis bid $65.7 for Botox maker Allergan, topping an offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, after buying Forest Labs e…

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Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence

Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, specialist Peter Giacchi calls out prices during the IPO of Foresight Energy on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A strong U.S. economy helped propel the stock market higher for a fifth-straight year in 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence

Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file photo, specialist Michael O'Mara works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as a television screen shows the decision of the Federal Reserve to end quantitative easing. Quantitative easing was designed to make bonds look more expensive to…

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AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

AP PHOTOS: A look at 2014 in the business world

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 file photo, traders David O'Day, left, and Christopher Fuchs, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The withdrawal of the Federal Reserve stimulus failed to dampen the mood on Wall Street. Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P…

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US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

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 intere…

December 19, 2014 2:51 pmLoading…
Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market

Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, specialist Charles Solomon works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Oil’s slump didn’t just hit the stock market, but it shook up the junk bond market too. High-yield bonds are on track for their worst monthly performance…

December 19, 2014 1:15 pmLoading…
New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013 file photo, a designer's runway show is shown on a television screen outside the Fashion Week venue at New York's Lincoln Center. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed tree…

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New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2013 file photo, a cleaner walks through the Fashion Week venue at New York's Lincoln Center. The city of New York and Lincoln Center is evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. (AP Photo/R…

December 18, 2014 4:04 pmLoading…
US stocks open higher, building on Fed gains

US stocks open higher, building on Fed gains

The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Global stocks were mostly lower Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 as oil prices tumbled again while investors waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve statement on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

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…

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On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

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…

December 17, 2014 12:50 pmLoading…
Stocks mostly lower before Fed statement

Stocks mostly lower before Fed statement

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, people pass a Wall Street subway stop, in New York's Financial District. U.S. stocks are opening moderately lower Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, as the price of oil continues to drop. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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Memories of financial crisis fading as risks rise

Memories of financial crisis fading as risks rise

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2008 file photo, trader David O'Day rubs his eyes as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Six years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the lessons of the financial crisis may already be fading from memory. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

This Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 photo shows the word "culture" in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, in New York. Merriam-Webster has named "culture" its 2014 word of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, identity theft victim Mark Kim poses for photos in front of a Target store, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kim spent seven months trying to clear his credit history after his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year. (AP…

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Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, identity theft victim Mark Kim poses for photos in front of a Target store, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kim spent seven months trying to clear his credit history after his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year. (AP…

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Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, left, and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, both Heisman Trophy finalist, laugh as they poses with the trophy at a press conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. The award is to be presented Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Heisman Trophy finalist and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper participates in a press conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. The award is to be presented Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, left, and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, both Heisman Trophy finalist, pose with the trophy at a press conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. The award is to be presented Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Scandal-free Heisman ceremony focused on football

Heisman Trophy finalist and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon participates in a press conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. The award is to be presented Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 12, 2014 4:06 pmLoading…
US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Floor official Rudy Maas, center, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo/…

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Traders Jason Harper, left, and Frederick Reimer work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo…

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Trader Michael Urkonis, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Traders David O'Day and Mathias Roberts work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Traders Gregory Rowe, left, and Michael Zicchinolfi work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Ph…

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Traders Peter Tuchman, right, and Kevin Lodewick on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo/Rich…

December 12, 2014 3:38 pmLoading…
US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Trader Sal Suarino, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Trader William Lawrence, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. U.S. stocks opened lower Friday as the rout in oil continues and a report indicated that growth in China, the world's second-largest economy, continues to slow. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

US stocks plunge as oil rout continues

Domhnal Slattery, center, CEO of Avolon Holdings Ltd., from Ireland, rings a ceremonial bell as his company's IPO begins trading, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 12, 2014 3:38 pmLoading…
Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Mark Muller, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. A strong report on retail sales pushed U.S. stocks higher in early trading Thursday, easing investors' jitters over the global economy and another slide in oil prices. (AP Phot…

December 11, 2014 8:43 pmLoading…
Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Trader David O'Day, left, and specialist Patrick King confer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Stocks are rising in midday trading after the U.S. government reported a pickup in retail sales last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 11, 2014 8:43 pmLoading…
Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Specialist Anthony Rinaldi, left, and trader Thomas Cicciari work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Stocks are rising in midday trading after the U.S. government reported a pickup in retail sales last month.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 11, 2014 8:43 pmLoading…
Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. A strong report on retail sales pushed U.S. stocks higher in early trading Thursday, easing investors' jitters over the global economy and another slide in oil prices. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 11, 2014 8:43 pmLoading…
Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Asian stocks rise after upbeat US retail sales

Trader Gerard Farco, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Stocks are rising in midday trading after the U.S. government reported a pickup in retail sales last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 11, 2014 8:43 pmLoading…
An early stock market rally fizzles as oil sinks

An early stock market rally fizzles as oil sinks

Trader Daniel Kryger works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Stocks are rising in midday trading after the U.S. government reported a pickup in retail sales last month.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Retail sales report boosts US stock market

Retail sales report boosts US stock market

A Wall Street sign adjacent to the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European stock markets opened with slight gains Thursday Dec. 11, 2014 after a nosedive in Asia as falling oil prices reinforced jitters about a sluggish global economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, an injured passenger of a New Jersey ferry is loaded into an ambulance, in New York. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers _42.9 million people _ have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report released Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 by the Consumer Financ…

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Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Specialist Thomas McArdle, center, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Specialist Meric Greenbaum, left, and trader Gordon Charlop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Trader Peter Mancuso, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Trader Kevin Lodewick, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 10, 2014 7:51 pmLoading…
Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Trader Richard Scardino, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Asia shares drop as oil reinforces growth jitters

Brendan Connolly works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

December 10, 2014 7:51 pmLoading…
Royal couple visits the U.S.

Royal couple visits the U.S.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, do a virtual signing of the South Tower Column, during their visit to the National September 11 Museum, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Prince William and Kate are on the last of their 3-day tour of New York City, th…

December 09, 2014 3:28 pm
Natonal briefs

Natonal briefs

Miriam Moskowitz, 98, leaves federal court in New York on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 after a judge rejected her request to erase her 1950 conviction for conspiracy to obstruct justice in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. She served a two-year prison sentence. (…

December 04, 2014 5:57 pm
Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl

The ultimate foodie, writer and editor Ruth Reichl, will appear.

November 28, 2014 5:00 am
The calendar is wrong; it's winter

The calendar is wrong; it's winter

A visitor to Top of the Rock Observation Deck photographs the foggy New York skyline, including the Empire State Building, left center, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The National Weather Service says the fog can reduce visibility to a quarter mile or less. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

November 12, 2014 10:17 am
The calendar is wrong; it's winter

The calendar is wrong; it's winter

The top of the Empire State Building and lower Manhattan are shrouded in fog, in this photo from Top of the Rock Observation Deck, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 in New York. The National Weather Service says the fog can reduce visibility to a quarter mile or less. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

November 12, 2014 10:17 am
Halloween costumes around the world

Halloween costumes around the world

A scarecrow character, part of a Hershey candies promotion for Halloween, walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

October 31, 2014 10:08 am

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