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  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

    ATLANTA (AP) — What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ – Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit…

  • New Jersey beach owner sues over dune project

    POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along…

  • 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 says unemployment rates rose in only three…

  • Blackberry posts 3Q adjusted profit, revenue down

    NEW YORK (AP) — Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter but its revenue fell, missing analysts’ estimates. Its shares fell almost 6 percent in morning trading Friday, Blackberry was considered a…

  • Hungary official says disputed Internet tax plan ‘dead’

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian official says a plan to tax Internet use, which provoked huge protests, “is dead and will never come back to life.” In October, the government said an Internet tax…

  • US stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes are creeping 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…

  • Chrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks

    DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall covers Ram 1500…

  • US stocks open mostly higher after a two-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening mostly higher in the U.S. as the market comes off a massive two-day rally. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 12 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,786…

  • US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan…

  • Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or…

  • Belarus slaps 30 percent fee at currency exchanges

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia. The Belarusian National Bank announced Friday that…

  • 5 topics for Obama’s year-end news conference

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference. Obama’s sixth year in office was a…

  • Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results. Haruko Obokata said in…

  • Thai seafood company to buy Bumble Bee tuna firm

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion. The Thai company, known as TUF, said…

  • HK court: Property tycoon guilty of corruption

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong jury found a billionaire property developer and a former top government official guilty of corruption Friday after a high profile trial that amplified anger at the city’s elite.…