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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Where to watch ‘The Interview’ online

    You don’t need to leave your house to watch “The Interview.” Sony Pictures released the comedy on digital platforms Wednesday. The online release comes a day after the studio reversed its previous decision not to…

  • More ‘Help Wanted’ signs up at small businesses

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners. After cutting back on spending for years,…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Slight gains for US indexes a day after the Dow industrial closed above 18,000 for first time NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing mostly higher a day after the Dow Jones industrial…

  • Air bag maker Takata shuffles top management

    TOKYO (AP) — Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of air bags at the center of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take…

  • Bosnians march toward EU border seeking employment

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Nearly 200 employees of Bosnian factories that have closed, leaving them without pay for more than a year, are marching toward Croatia in the hope of getting jobs there. The workers…

  • Being choosy paid off for mutual-fund investors in 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns. Funds that focus on stocks of…

  • Average US 30-year mortgage edges up slightly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but the benchmark 30-year low remained very close to the 19-month low hit last week. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the nationwide…

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to…

  • Honda recalls 1,252 Crosstours over side air bags

    NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling 1,252 Crosstour vehicles due to a faulty side air bag made by troubled air bag supplier Takata. The Honda recall is for 2015 model year Crosstours. The National…

  • Ruling opens door for cruise malpractice lawsuits

    MIAMI (AP) — Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise of a lifetime with 18 family members in the summer of 2011 aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer…

  • Stores open Christmas Eve for the shopper who procrastinated

    WASHINGTON — Are you the ultimate procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? We say it lot, but now it’s real: Time is running out to get that Christmas shopping done. But if you haven’t…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    UNBROKEN-BILLY GRAHAM Graham ministry tells the rest of Louis Zamperini’s story BOONE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Franklin Graham says the film “Unbroken,” which opens Christmas day, dramatically portrays the early life of Louis Zamperini,…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian shares up after Dow surpasses 18,000 points TOKYO (AP) — Shares rose in Asia today after the Dow Jones industrial average surpassed 18,000 points in a yuletide rally. Chinese markets initially extended…