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  • US stocks rise; Oracle leads technology stocks higher

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, led gains in by technology stocks as Oracle surged following a strong earnings report. Energy stocks lagged the market as the price of crude oil resumed its slide. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 35 points, or 1.7...

  • Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low." A growing number of retailers are using software that changes online prices...

  • Dunkin' Brands cuts outlook for 2015 sales metric

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. says it expects slower sales of packaged coffee at its Dunkin' Donuts shops and ongoing pressure on consumers to continue into next year. It also expects its joint ventures in Japan and Korea to hurt its 2015 results. As a result, the...

  • Oil-price drop rattles smaller operators in Kansas

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore. Murdock, president of Hutchinson-based Osage Resources, said that when oil prices dipped below $60 a barrel this month, "it changes your thinking as...

  • Obama to waive sanctions authority in Hill bill

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama does not plan to immediately impose new economic penalties on Russia. Officials said earlier this week that Obama would sign new legislation that authorizes more sanctions. But, they said, Obama had concerns that the...

  • Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business for a state ban on deep hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Pollsters say the state remains almost evenly...

  • Dow jumps for second day after Fed pledges patience on rates

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The Dow Jones industrial average surged more than 300 points on Thursday, building on gains from a day earlier after the Federal Reserve indicated that it was in no rush to raise interest rates as the economy strengthened. Oracle led a rally in technology shares after the business...

  • Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays. A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would leave his senior adviser position at the end of the year. Bush has been...

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks. The instrument resembles a fireplace poker,...

  • Two more former Sony workers sue over data breach

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online. The lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday seeks...

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