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  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Friday

    Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 26.65 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,804.80. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 9.42 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,070.65. The Nasdaq composite gained 16.98 points, or 0.4...

  • 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 that the company violated the rights of employees openly seeking better pay and working conditions....

  • US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013

    DETROIT (AP) — Driving is getting safer. The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics. But the number of people killed on the roads rose in two categories: Crashes involving big trucks and bicycles. A...

  • Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice."

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice.

  • 5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • A look at large coal ash spills in the US

    The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power...

  • LA airport OKs $4B link from terminals to trains

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaders at the Los Angeles International Airport have formally given the go-ahead to a $4 billion plan to build an "automated people mover" that would connect terminals to the region's rail system. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously voted Thursday to approve the project, which would take people around...

  • Volcker critical of delays in namesake rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker on Friday criticized a decision to delay full implementation of a rule that bears his name and aims to curb banks' risky investments. The Fed said Thursday that it would delay until July 2017 the deadline by which U.S. banks will have to sell off potentially volatile holdings in...

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, citing the hundreds of cases nationwide in which coal ash waste had...

  • T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services

    WASHINGTON (AP) — T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, for billing customers for cellphone text services they didn't order, under a settlement with federal regulators. The Federal Trade Commission announced the agreement Friday with T-Mobile over billing for unauthorized charges, a practice known as "cramming."...

  • Obama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America'

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress. "My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff...

  • Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market, it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too. High-yield bonds are on track for their worst drop in a year and a half after investors dumped risky securities issued by energy companies. Those bonds make up about 13 percent of the category. The Barclays U.S. high-yield corporate bond...

  • Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the "devil is in the details." He says the tax system needs to be simpler and fairer. He says some corporations engage in tax avoidance while others pay full freight. He also says he would...

  • Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress. Obama spoke Friday during his year-end news conference, shortly before he was leaving the White House for a Hawaii vacation. The news conference came...

  • Obama vows US will respond to North Korea "in a place and manner and time that we choose"

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama vows US will respond to North Korea "in a place and manner and time that we choose"

  • AT&T hikes quarterly shareholder payout by a penny

    DALLAS (AP) — AT&T will raise the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders by a penny, to 47 cents per share, starting early next year. The Dallas-based company said Friday that its board approved the roughly 2 percent increase. The new payout, which totals $1.88 annually, will be paid Feb. 2 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 9. Shares of...

  • NYC mayor finally supports 'Taxi of Tomorrow'

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is finally moving ahead with a new generation of yellow taxis. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Friday that most taxi operators will be required to buy the "Taxi of Tomorrow" starting April 20. The Nissan NV200 minivan was named the city's official taxi by de Blasio's predecessor, Michael...

  • Obama: Sony "made a mistake" in canceling Christmas release of film in face of NKorea threats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Sony "made a mistake" in canceling Christmas release of film in face of NKorea threats .

  • US rig count down 18 to 1,875

    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 18 this week to 1,875. The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,536 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,768 rigs were active. Of the...

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