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  • Global oil impact: Who’s hurting, happy, hopeful

    NEW YORK (AP) — 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 economies of some major exporters. Russia’s…

  • T-Mobile paying up to $90M for unwanted services

    WASHINGTON (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay up to $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn’t order, under a settlement with federal regulators. The Federal Trade Commission announced…

  • Weird weather lingers in Alaska’s largest city

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska’s largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you’d expect to see equipment making snow. “We want Santa to bring snow, soon,”…

  • Hackers warn not to release ‘The Interview’ in any form

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers have sent a new email to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio’s “wise” decision to cancel the release of “The Interview” and warning not to distribute the film “in…

  • 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 has failed to find significant quantities of gas. The ministry said Friday that the SAIPEM 10000…

  • 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 Interview” earlier this week, the fate of the movie’s big-screen life was all…

  • 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 concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution. The…

  • Volcker critical of delays in namesake rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is criticizing a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks’ risky investments. The Fed said Thursday…

  • Cuban cigar boom? A look at what new rules mean

    MIAMI (AP) — Americans travelers can soon legally bring back one of Cuba’s most celebrated products, but some limitations remain. Here’s a look at some facts and figures surrounding the loosened restrictions on cigars: –…

  • 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 travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items…

  • Russia seeks 10 years in prison for Putin foe

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Friday asked a court to sentence President Vladimir Putin’s chief foe to 10 years in prison, but the defiant opposition leader vowed to keep up his fight against the…

  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes were mostly higher on Friday 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…

  • Amazon, Macmillan reach multiyear deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another major publisher has reached a multiyear deal with Amazon.com. Amazon and Macmillan CEO John Sargent confirmed this week that they had agreed to terms for both print and electronic books.…

  • APNewsBreak: Sandusky won’t get his pension back

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for…

  • 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 the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in…