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  • Court: LA Police Department policy for impounding cars is OK

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state court determined Friday that a Los Angeles Police Department policy that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after police stops…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EST

    ‘The Interview’ earns $1 million in theaters; will major studios rethink day-and-date release? LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the…

  • Midwestern governors build credentials for 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One group of potential candidates for president probably won’t be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They’ll be hunkered down in statehouses…

  • Poultry producers brace for bird flu fallout

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Commercial poultry producers say they’re concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers. “It’s…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it’s apparent…

  • Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

    JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of…

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough…

  • Anne Arundel woodworkers build homemade toys

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Scads of hacksaws, chisels, shavers, wrenches and screwdrivers dangle from the walls in Andy Borland’s workshop. Bottles of glue teeter on the edge of counters. The chests and workbenches are discarded…

  • How to find the best-value D.C.-area doctors, house cleaners and more

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to various services in the D.C. area, how do you know you’re getting the best bang for your buck? Washington Checkbook Magazine has some tips when it comes to getting the…

  • A guide to returning gifts during the holidays

    WASHINGTON — Christmas gifts have been opened, and many people may be left wondering, “What were they thinking?” as they seek ways to return gifts. Kiplinger Personal Finance editor Janet Bodnar breaks down what consumers need…

  • 5 money moves everyone should make in 2015

    The end of the year is finally on its way, and you know what that means: It’s time to reflect on how your financial goals and dreams panned out in 2014. Did everything go as…