GOP senator supports better ties with Cuba
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked."
Sony emails show a studio ripe for hacking
In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.
Obama says people should 'go to the movies'
President Barack Obama says his administration is taking the cyberattack against Sony studios seriously. He says people should "go to the movies."
AP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking
Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.
SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.
Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics
Saudi Arabia's Petroleum Minister Ali Naimi says there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and politics.
McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries
Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast.
Putin says sanctions helped cause Russia's economic crisis
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions are 25-30 percent responsible for Russia's economic crisis.
Pope: 'Small steps' toward diplomacy
Pope Francis says the U.S. and Cuba have taken "small steps" toward diplomacy and peacemaking.
US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.
What's the cost for Sony?
NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures, which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea, may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.
No release of 'The Interview' planned
NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures says it's canceled the Christmas Day release of the comedy movie "The Interview," and says it has "no further release plans for the film."
Study: Wealth gap largest on record
There's even more proof that the rich are getting richer while everyone else gets poorer.
US stocks jump as Fed promises 'patient' approach
The U.S. stock market is closing with its biggest gain in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it was in no rush to raise rates.
Yellen sees rates staying near zero in early 2015
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen expects the Fed to hold a key interest rate near zero for the next three months — if not longer.
US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism
Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.
US stocks open higher; Traders watch Fed meeting
The U.S. stock market is opening modestly higher ahead of a key policy announcement from the Federal Reserve.
US consumer prices fall in November
Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.
On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'
Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter?
Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post
Nordstrom department store has fired an African-American sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page.
NC group wants Duke Energy to slow plants building
A group advocating renewable energy wants federal regulators to investigate whether Duke Energy should buy power from other Southeast electricity producers and build fewer power plants that cost consumers.
Energy stocks rebound in US as oil price recovers
Energy companies are leading a rebound in the U.S. stock market as the price of oil turns higher.
Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds."
Boeing donates $5M to South Carolina projects
Boeing is donating more than $5 million to projects that will benefit children in the South Carolina.
Lawsuit filed over fatal shooting at Ohio Walmart
The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside an Ohio Walmart has sued the officers involved, the police chief, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the city.
Amazon extends Christmas shipping deadlines
Amazon is courting last-minute holiday shoppers by extending its free-shipping deadline by one day to Dec. 19.
Effort to showcase stories of failure expands
An effort to showcase individual and personal stories of failure that gained momentum in Michigan is planning an international expansion.
US home construction drops 1.6 percent in November
Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.
EU promises Greece 'lighter surveillance'
The European Commission says Greece is on course to end a draconian bailout program in February and switch to "much lighter surveillance" despite delays concluding negotiations with rescue lenders.
3M gives 2015 earnings outlook; boosts dividend
3M anticipates its 2015 earnings will be in range of analysts' estimates.
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