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  • The federal bureaucracy just grew by 1,000 Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 8:41 AM ET
    A future office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, in Arlington, Va., Dec. 25, 2014.

    The cost of Obama's immigration order: nearly $8 million a year in lease payments and more than $40 million in salaries. The NYT reports.

  • S. Korean official arrested over nut rage incident Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    The official was suspected of providing the information to a Korean Air Lines executive, who allegedly tried to cover up the incident. Cho, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman, resigned as vice president at the airline earlier this month amid mounting public criticism that she forced a Dec. 5 plane bound for South Korea from New York to return to a gate and kicked...

  • Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:05 AM ET

    TOKYO— 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 that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for. The stolid silence of Sony's Tokyo headquarters over the hoopla surrounding Sony...

  • 5 things to know about Alamo Village Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas— A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. —Nearly a half-dozen Alamo- themed TV shows or movies were made there, as well as hundreds of other productions. One was the acclaimed 1989 TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove," where Alamo Village served as a stand-in for...

  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    "It's not just something that represents history to a movie set— it is now history for sure," says Rich Curilla, the one-man curator and custodian of the now-closed Alamo Village. Alamo Village, a 400- acre plot of land about 120 miles west of San Antonio, was carved out of a large ranch in the late 1950 s for Wayne's directorial debut. Unlike the real Alamo, which is...

  • BEIJING, Dec 26- The Chinese government said on Friday that it will soon settle its antitrust investigation of U.S. mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.. The NDRC also said it had completed its seventh round of discussions with Qualcomm President Derek Aberle and his team earlier this month. Qualcomm will continue to cooperate with the regulator to reach a...

  • College sees small, big benefits with loan promise Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    ADRIAN, Mich.— When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000, or get some or all student loans reimbursed. Adrian is among the first...

  • BEIJING, Dec 26- The Chinese government said on Friday that it will soon settle its antitrust investigation of U.S. mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.. The National Development and Reform Commission, the country's anti-monopoly regulator that launched its probe of the San Diego- based company 13 months ago, said the case would be settled according to the law,...

  • Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index edged 0.1 percent higher to 17,818.50 and South Korea's Kospi gained 0.1 percent to 1,948.41. JAPAN DATA: Shares recovered lost ground on expectations of further...

  • *Japan inflation slows, highlights BOJ's struggles. Market participants expected it would still take a bit of time for business to resume in full swing, with key markets in the region such Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore closed on Friday. There is no change to our view that the yen will continue to weaken as the recovery in U.S. economic fundamentals, which is at...

  • S&P nears settlement on real-estate bond ratings - WSJ Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:34 PM ET

    Dec 25- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services is nearing a settlement with regulators over their investigation of how the company graded real-estate bonds, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The proposed deal, which could be reached as early as next month, is a joint settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, New...

  • Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:19 PM ET

    Japan's benchmark edged lower after the government reported lackluster inflation, industrial production and household spending for November. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index slipped 0.2 percent to 17,779.18 and Singapore's Straits Times index edged 0.1 percent lower to 3,342.20. JAPAN DATA: Japan's inflation rate eased slightly in...

  • SEATTLE— Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1. The Seattle Times reports that the minimum wage in the state will hit $9.47 an hour then. Washington and Oregon, along with 18 other states, are set to increase their minimum wages on New Year's Day, according to the nonprofit National Employment Law Project.

  • *Japan inflation slows, highlights BOJ's struggles. Market participants expected it would still take a bit of time for business to resume in full swing, with key markets in the region such Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore closed on Friday. There is no change to our view that the yen will continue to weaken as the recovery in U.S. economic fundamentals, which is at...

  • Michigan's population creeping up as autos recover Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says. Despite the rise, Michigan dropped to the 10th most-populous state this year as North Carolina jumped to No. 9.. And the number of people moving to Michigan continues to trail the number migrating elsewhere, with...

  • Revenue falls short for road projects in Arizona Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    PHOENIX— A Maricopa County sales tax increase adopted a decade ago has raised more than $3.1 billion for dozens of freeway, street and transit projects, but that's still $1 billion less than initially projected. The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that the revenue gap is expected to widen to about $3.2 billion over the next decade, until the Proposition 400...

  • Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview' Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But with President Obama among others criticizing the decision, Sony officials changed...

  • New York showings of 'The Interview' sell out Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK— "The Interview" opened in several New York City theaters on Christmas to enthusiastic crowds as interested in the world drama the film produced as anything on the screen. "The whole story is like a movie," Nick Ratner said of the swirling controversy as he prepared to watch the film at Cinema Village East in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood Thursday...

  • Potential Revel casino buyer wants discount Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The Florida developer in line to purchase the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City says in court filings that the auction for the property wasn't run fairly and he wants an $8 million discount. Lawyers for Glenn Straub said in a court filing Wednesday that the property should be sold for $87 million, not the $95.4 million runner-up bid his...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...