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  • US indexes edge higher; Energy stocks gain

    U.S. stocks are edging higher in quiet trading at the beginning of a holiday-shortened week. Several European markets fell as Greece headed for elections that could endanger its bailout program. The Dow Jones industrial average…

  • Death toll in the Greek ferry fire rises to 8

    BARI, Italy (AP) — Italian authorities say the death toll in the Greek ferry fire has risen to eight, and that they are checking to see if anyone else might still be missing. Italy’s transport…

  • Burger chain Shake Shack orders up IPO

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shake Shack is bringing its burgers, milkshakes and crinkle-cut fries to Wall Street. The New York-based premium burger chain filed for an initial public offering, hoping to raise as much as…

  • Being uninsured in America will cost you more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous…

  • Moscow court rushes verdict to Putin’s chief foe

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Monday moved up the date of its verdict in a criminal case against President Vladimir Putin’s top foe in an apparent bid to derail a planned protest. Earlier…

  • Greece heads for early election, stoking financial concerns

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government was forced Monday to call early national elections, stoking financial concerns as investors worry the main opposition party will win — and want to renege on the country’s bailout…

  • Clarification: Brazil-Petrobras story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story Dec. 11, The Associated Press did not use the full name of a company whose chief executive is facing charges in a kickback scheme involving contracts with state-run…

  • Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government’s most contentious programs. Development is booming in…

  • West Bank ministers visit Gaza to unite ministries

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials on Monday traveled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip for the first working meeting of their struggling unity government, months after it was formed, in…

  • US stocks edge higher amid hopes for China growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher in morning trading Monday as Wall Street winds down the year in this holiday-shortened week. Asian shares rose after Chinese regulators announced changes designed to stimulate the…

  • Funding sometimes lags for sex-trafficking victims

    As awareness of America’s sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have…

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher

    CHICAGO (AP) — Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery unchanged at 6.1075 a bushel; Mar corn was .75 cent lower at $4.14 a…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the…

  • Walgreen shareholders give blessing to Alliance Boots deal

    Walgreen shareholders have voted in favor of the nation’s largest drugstore chain spending nearly $16 billion to complete the final step in its purchase of European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots. Walgreen says about…

  • Man who was rescued from ferry describes panic

    BARI, Italy (AP) — A man who was on board the burning Greek ferry says when one of the rescue helicopters arrived people began to panic and trampled each other. Helicopters today defied high winds…