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  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just…

  • Survey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices will likely…

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless”…

  • Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

    PARIS (AP) — Russia’s tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers,…

  • Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette…

  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state-based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/H8SWZA ) the sales are…

  • 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…

  • DWI charges for woman who sought driving job

    FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a northern New York woman has been arrested on charges of driving drunk after trying to apply for a job — as a driver for a social services…

  • Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

    GAIL, Texas (AP) — The Muleshoe Ranch’s profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state. Three…

  • 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…