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  • *Taiwan seeks to block access to Uber. TAIPEI/ SHANGHAI, Dec 22- Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licenced, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the fast-growing U.S. start-up. But an investigation in Chongqing- a city with a third more...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. But the United States...

  • SEOUL, Dec 22- Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea. But the hacking was reported as the United States accused North Korea of a devastating cyberattack on Sony...

  • China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    BEIJING— China told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed on North Korea, China's foreign ministry said Monday. The United States has reached out to China, North Korea's key ally, for help as President...

  • *Copper price heading for double-digit pct drop in 2014. SYDNEY, Dec 22- Copper prices traded slightly higher on Monday, reversing losses earlier in the day, with traders saying contracts looked cheap following recent price drops. Copper is down some 13 percent so far this year on worries the market is heading into a supply surplus after several years of deficit,...

  • Dec 22- Ocwen Financial Corp's executive chairman, William Erbey, will step down as part of a legal settlement with New York's financial regulator, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. In October, Ocwen said it set aside $100 million for a potential settlement with the New York banking regulator. Ocwen will also pay $150...

  • SEOUL, Dec 22- Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear plant operator have been hacked, but only non-critical data has been lost and there is no risk to the safety of nuclear installations including the country's 23 atomic reactors, the company and the government said on Monday. The attacks come amid concerns that North Korea may mount cyberattacks against...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault. But the United States has also accused China of cyber spying in the past and a U.S. official has said the attack on...

  • American Apparel adopts new stockholder rights plan Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:56 PM ET

    Dec 21- Struggling retailer American Apparel Inc said it has adopted a new, one-year stockholder rights plan with a 10 percent trigger. "The board implemented the rights plan as an additional means to ensure that all American Apparel stockholders are treated fairly," the Los Angeles- based retailer said in a statement late on Sunday. Each right will entitle its...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 22- Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial SA tore up a sweetened $830 million offer for Australia's Transfield Services Ltd, putting the contractor under pressure to show it can thrive as the country's mining boom grinds to a halt. The shares fell to A $1.63 by mid-afternoon, their lowest since before Ferrovial made its initial A $1.95- per-share...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. He said the latest attack was very recent and one timestamp associated with the Java file was from Dec. 16, the same day Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met with Afghanistan's chief...

  • METALS-Copper futures drop, oversupply worries drag Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

    *Copper price heading for double-digit pct drop in 2014. SYDNEY, Dec 22- Copper prices inched down on Monday, reversing gains from the previous session on concerns over global oversupply. Copper is down some 13 percent so far this year on worries the market is heading into a supply surplus after several years of deficit, and on slowing economic growth in China, which...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. He said the latest attack was very recent and one timestamp associated with the Java file was from Dec. 16, the same day Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Kazakhstan to...

  • Dec 21- On December 13, as thousands of protesters mobbed the New York streets, Yuseff Hamm, an NYPD police officer, was monitoring the demonstrations from a mobile command unit near the Brooklyn Bridge. Nor had he ever seen anything like what happened one week later, on Saturday: a lone gunman, hours after warning on Instagram that he planned an attack in retribution...

  • MBTA driver suspended after fight with passenger Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

    The Boston Globe reports that MBTA Transit Police are investigating an allegation that a female driver knocked down a male passenger with an unidentified object after an argument on a bus Saturday afternoon. He said the incident occurred around Massachusetts Avenue and Washington Street on the Route 1 bus. Information from: The Boston Globe,...

  • Divided New York City roiled by NYPD slayings Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 2:33 PM ET
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    A day after two officers were fatally shot, Mayor Bill de Blasio faces the challenge of reassuring the city while navigating a rift with the NYPD.

  • MIAMI, Dec 21- For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker. "There is a clear understanding in the White House that politically they are going to have to focus on and cultivate the younger generation of Cuban-Americans who are mobilized and out there supporting the president's decision," said Frank Mora, a...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 21- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 25 cents in the past two weeks, tumbling to its lowest level in more than five-and-a-half years, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. Prices for regular-grade gasoline fell to $2.47 a gallon in the survey dated Dec. 19, down 25 cents since the previous survey on Dec. 5.

  • How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? Given that the fallout over an unabashedly silly movie— "The Interview," which Sony shelved last week after a stunning cyberattack by hackers the U.S. has linked to North Korea— has escalated into a serious global situation, one would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish just now. Evil from the "Austin Powers"...

  • NEW YORK— Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations. Dish Network just settled disputes that led to the temporary blackout of some local CBS stations and a separate blackout related to Turner Broadcasting channels— including Cartoon...