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  • Hellman’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (AP) — Hellman’s mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company’s product amounted to false advertising. The consumer-products giant said that “Just Mayo” has no eggs and…

  • Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

    HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings. On the first full day after the surprise announcement, many Cubans expressed hope that it…

  • Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Uber says it’s suspending operations in Portland, Oregon, for three months to work out its differences with city officials, less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app’s launch was greeted with a lawsuit. Uber general manager Brooke Steger wrote in a blog post Thursday that Portland is working to update its…

  • US regulators label MetLife as potential financial threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators have labeled insurer MetLife as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight. MetLife said Thursday that the Financial Stability Oversight Council has designated the company as “systemically important.” As a result, MetLife must increase its cushion of capital against losses, limit its use…

  • ‘The Interview’ jeopardizes overseas movie villains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood loves its overseas villains. Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. But, in the wake of the dramatic cancellation of “The Interview,” an entire species of movie baddies might be in danger of extinction. One film already bit the dust.…

  • Group challenges timber producer’s ‘green’ label

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation’s biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for…

  • Amid scrutiny, Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A contrite Sam Nazarian who revamped the Sahara hotel and casino on the Strip, won a gambling license from Nevada’s regulators Thursday but not without limits and a promise that the nightlife magnate would remain under heavy scrutiny. Nazarian’s license expires in a year, bars him from being involved in casino…

  • Judge orders ex-billionaire jailed for contempt

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered Tim Blixseth jailed after the onetime billionaire and embattled real estate mogul failed to comply with an order to pay nearly $14 million to the creditors of an ultra-luxury Montana resort. At a hearing in Butte, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon said the Yellowstone Club…

  • Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

    BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against Fenway Sports Group and Otis Elevator Co.…

  • 2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

    BOSTON (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Boal issued an electronic order saying that the U.S. attorney’s office had “not met its…

  • Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt

    BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Judge orders onetime billionaire, embattled real estate mogul Tim Blixseth jailed for contempt.

  • Fed gives banks more time to sell risky holdings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is delaying by two years a requirement that U.S. banks sell off their riskiest investments such as stakes in private equity and hedge funds. Banks say they need more time to complete the sales. The sales are mandated by the Volcker Rule, approved in 2010 as part of a…

  • EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jumpstart the EU’s sluggish economies and ignite job growth. “The economic situation has improved … but we are not safe yet,” said EU…

  • Sides ‘far apart’ in West Coast port negotiations

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren’t close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that are…

  • Foxwoods hiring of convict challenged in court

    MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The felony conviction of a former Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation official should have kept him from receiving a management job at the tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino, an attorney for another tribal member argued Thursday. The former tribal councilor, Steven Thomas, received the personnel position at the country’s largest casino last December…