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  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    In 2014, US economy kept healing from recession with help from jobs, stocks and cheaper oil WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014. More than five years removed from the…

  • Sony’s PlayStation network still out; Xbox back online

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sony’s PlayStation network remains offline in an outage that began as video game players unwrapped new consoles on Christmas. Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which had also gone down, is back online…

  • Will ‘The Interview’ change how Hollywood does business?

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Dec. 21th. FICTION 1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson…

  • Officers help deliver baby on train on Christmas

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The transit police officers who helped deliver a Christmas baby on a subway train reunited with the newborn boy and his parents Friday morning, trading the chaos of the dingy rail car…

  • Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is spending a fourth night in a Houston hospital where he’s being treated after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Friday…

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board

    MIAMI (AP) — As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former…

  • New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia identified NATO as the nation’s No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed…

  • Holiday deliveries improve

    NEW YORK (AP) — There aren’t many people who are still waiting for the gifts that were supposed to arrive by Christmas. FedEx and UPS were able to improve their performance this holiday season, after…

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday

    U.S. financial markets notched modest gains Friday after a quiet, post-holiday day of trading. The gains nudged the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index to all-time highs. Utilities stocks were among…

  • Missouri 1st to see average gas price below $2

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma’s average was expected to drop below that threshold…

  • US stocks close higher, extending gains for the week

    Wall Street’s “Santa Claus” rally kept delivering gifts a day after Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average, Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks closed at all-time highs on…

  • Holiday deliveries improve but hiccups continue

    NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas came on time this year for most people. After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance…

  • 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 24 17,991,530 Statutory debt…

  • Yamana Gold and Ocwen are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Barrick Gold Corp., up 27 cents to $10.58 The rise in…