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  • Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015 Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Slightly fewer feel their year was a step down from the previous one than said so in 2013, when an AP-Times Square poll found 20 percent thought 2013 was worse than 2012.. Americans are divided on the most important news event of 2014,...

  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury over the comedy, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Doubts deepen over Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:45 PM ET
    Thousands of demonstrators march against the 173-mile Interoceanic Grand Canal that they say will negatively impact the environment, communities and Nicaraguan sovereignty, in Managua, Nicaragua December 10, 2014.

    Skepticism is growing over a $50 billion project to build a canal across Nicaragua, a project spearheaded by a little-known Chinese businessman.

  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:21 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. Only Rhode Island topped...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 26- "The Interview" took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a solid showing that could be quickly eclipsed by the money Sony Pictures makes with its groundbreaking online debut of the raunchy comedy. After large movie theater chains refused to screen the comedy following threats of violence from hackers who opposed the...

  • -Lipper@ NEW YORK, Dec 26- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured $36.5 billion into stock funds in the latest weekly period, marking the biggest inflows on record as U.S. stocks surged to record highs, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Friday. The massive cash commitments for the week ended Dec. 24 were the biggest since Lipper's records began in...

  • Dec 26- U.S. retail sales rose 5.5 percent from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve as solid demand for women's apparel, jewelry and casual dining offset surprisingly sluggish sales of electronics, MasterCard said in its holiday spending report. The report, which tracks spending by combining sales activity in MasterCard's payments network with...

  • Aereo auctioning off its TV streaming tech assets Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 5:39 PM ET
    Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia leaves the U.S. Supreme Court after oral arguments April 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

    A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, court papers show.

  • Founder of huge defense contractor SAIC dies Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO, Calif.— J. Robert Beyster, a scientist-turned-entrepreneur who founded a small technology firm called Science Applications International Corp. and built it into one of the largest, most influential defense contractors in the country, has died at age 90.. Beyster died Monday of natural causes at his San Diego home, according to a statement from his...

  • Dec 26- A bankruptcy court has allowed defunct video streaming company Aereo Inc to auction its TV streaming technology assets, according to court papers published on Friday. These broadcasters include CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox. The case is In re: Aereo Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning. Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which also went down Thursday, was back online Friday although the company reported reported problems with...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 26- "The Interview" took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a decent start for the raunchy comedy that appeared dead after Sony Pictures pulled it from theaters last week following a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Sony Pictures also released the movie online via Google Inc's YouTube and Google Play,...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • Yamana Gold and Ocwen are big market movers Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Barrick Gold Corp., up 27 cents to $10.58. Freeport-McMoRan Inc., up 60 cents to $23.51.

  • It was a year when Cynk Technology, a development-stage company with no revenue, was briefly worth $6 billion, and when a long-forgotten closed-end fund focused on Cuba- the Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund- saw more trading in one day in December than it had in six years. With a current market value of about $663 billion, if one were to pick a company that would be the...

  • Slight gains for stocks in quiet post-holiday day Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    U.S. stocks are posting modest gains after a quiet, post-holiday day of trading. Celgene rose 3.4 percent, the most in the S&P 500 index. Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell $1.11 to close at $54.73 a barrel in New York.

  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world. All told, the United States remained insulated from the financial struggles surfacing everywhere from Europe and Latin America to...

  • Dec 26- U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles. The company's shares rose 2.8 percent to $228.44 in late afternoon trading on the Nasdaq. Tesla will demonstrate the enhanced range for the new...