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  • Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC

    TOKYO (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Citigroup said in a statement Thursday that the two sides have reached agreement on selling Citibank…

  • Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony’s “The Interview” has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new…

  • California’s governor issues 105 pardons, but retracts 1

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a Christmas Eve tradition, Gov. Jerry Brown issued pardons to 105 people Wednesday, before retracting one to a man hours later after learning he had not disclosed recent discipline by…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    Sony Pictures broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke…

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at…

  • Sony broadly releases ‘The Interview’ in reversal of plans

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released “The Interview” online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the…

  • Rogen, Franco, others react to ‘The Interview’ online stream

    NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities react to Sony’s announcement Wednesday that it released Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korea satire, “The Interview,” on digital platforms: — “You wanna watch The Interview?? You can RIGHT…

  • Spain: New king says corruption must be eliminated

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new King Felipe VI insisted in his first Christmas Eve speech Wednesday that seemingly endless examples of corruption across the country incensing voters must be stamped out. He did not mention…

  • Christmas parade for dying Utah girl

    FOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah (AP) — A tiny rural town in Utah put on its first-ever Christmas light parade this week in the latest gesture aimed at making the holidays special for a dying little girl.…

  • Christmas Eve for many: Warm, windy and not white

    NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas Eve shaped up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country, creating headaches for travelers in the Great Lakes, the Northeast and a storm-battered…

  • Court orders release of jailed real estate mogul

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered the release Wednesday of a real estate mogul who was jailed last week in Montana after being found in contempt of court over his sale of…

  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet’s new mystery

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama’s conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet’s newest game of whodunit continues. Top…

  • Colts say they will be all business despite nothing to gain

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Although the Colts have another AFC South championship banner to hang, they know there is still a lot to play for Sunday when they face the Titans. Indianapolis can’t alter its playoff…

  • US removes Gambia from trade agreement

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government’s decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for…

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Dec 23 18,003,748 Statutory debt…