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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Moviegoers react to local screenings of ‘The Interview’

    WASHINGTON — Hackers promised 911 style violence. And reviewers weren’t delivering raves. But for the people who showed up to the early viewing of ‘The Interview’ at a Brandywine movie theater on Christmas Day, none…

  • Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony’s “The Interview” has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new…

  • 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…