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  • Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually. By the time Congress limped out of town last week, one…

  • Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn’t complete. Don’t fret — you aren’t alone. The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping…

  • Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading…

  • 5 things to know about year-end tax breaks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season.…

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon’s iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon’s South Rim.…

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A concessionaire has been awarded a temporary contract to provide services at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. The one-year contract to Xanterra (zan-TAYR’-uh) Parks & Resorts averts a shutdown of iconic…

  • Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

    MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items…

  • Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in California at 95

    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95. His son Lowell…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader,…

  • Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire

    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8…

  • Chrysler gives in to gov’t, expands air bag recall

    DETROIT (AP) — After resisting for nearly a month, Chrysler has bowed to government demands and will expand a recall of driver’s side air bag inflators across the nation. The automaker said Friday that it…

  • Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The office supply retailer announced in October that it was looking…

  • 2014 Luxury Tax Payrolls

    NEW YORK (AP) — Final 2014 payrolls for the 30 major league teams for purposes of the luxury tax, as defined by baseball’s collective bargaining agreement and sent to clubs by the commissioner’s office. Figures…

  • NLRB alleges that McDonald’s Corp. violates worker rights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald’s Corp. as a “joint-employer” with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions. The board’s general counsel’s office ruled…

  • Kim Jong Un game spoof ‘Glorious Leader!’ moving forward

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of…