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  • 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...

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    HONOLULU— President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet," a Sony lawyer said.

  • Haggen chain buying 146 Safeway, Albertsons stores Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— The Washington state- based grocery chain Haggen Inc. plans to buy 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The Bellingham Herald reports the sales are required under the federal review of Safeway's sale to an investment group that owns Albertsons. Associated Food Stores is buying eight stores...

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract goes to Xanterra Parks& Resorts Inc., which has been providing those services for decades. Xanterra President and CEO Andrew Todd said the...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Judge appoints board to sort out polygamous homes Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A Utah judge has appointed a board of trustees to sort out the redistribution of more than 700 homes in a polygamous community on the Utah- Arizona border where Warren Jeffs' sect is based. State Judge Denise Lindberg's order Wednesday gives the panel limited power, though. Meanwhile, others are being evicted for refusing to pay $100- a-month...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- There are plenty of lists proclaiming "The Best Places to Retire." Designed by real estate information company Zillow.com for Reuters, it incorporates reams of data on more than 15,000 locales across the United States. For instance, if you find all of the screening categories to be very important, and you are looking for a reasonably-priced home,...

  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack? Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of terrorism, forced Sony to cancel release of the North Korean spoof movie "The Interview." Federal investigators believe there is a connection between the Sony hack and the isolated communist nation, according to an official who spoke on condition of...

  • YOUR MONEY-The best place to retire? You get to pick Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 18- There are plenty of lists proclaiming "The Best Places to Retire." Designed by real estate information company Zillow.com for Reuters, it incorporates reams of data on more than 15,000 locales across the United States. For instance, if you find all of the screening categories to be very important, and you are looking for a reasonably-priced home,...

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    DENVER— Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. That's because the Colorado grants are outside the usual federal channels for approving studies on pot, a process some say stymies marijuana research.

  • Lethal injection drug bill clears Ohio Legislature Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal the state House is poised to vote on Wednesday. Problems finding supplies of lethal drugs have created a de facto moratorium on executions in Ohio, which a decade ago was one of the country's busiest death penalty states. Ohio executed just one...

  • WASHINGTON— A Congress that began with bright hopes for immigration legislation is ending in bitter divisions on the issue even as some Republicans warn that the political imperative for acting is stronger than ever for the GOP. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, an author of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last year with bipartisan...

  • LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 Los Angeles police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making LA's police department the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology. Los Angeles police commission President Steve Soboroff said he estimated the...

  • Dec 15- GT Advanced Technologies Inc altered its settlement with former partner Apple Inc to produce more near-term cash to support its emergence from bankruptcy, a lawyer for the sapphire maker told a court on Monday. The new terms should be worth $50 million more than the original settlement, according to an attorney for GT noteholders, providing financing...

  • Justices reject Arizona bid over abortion drugs Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Arizona to enforce stringent restrictions on drug-induced abortions while a challenge to those rules plays out in lower courts. Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it would have been extremely rare for the high court to grant the state's request to enforce the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- For investors in 2014, it was hard not to feel like winners. The S&P 500 is up 10 percent on the year, and existing-home sales just enjoyed a 32nd month of year-over-year price gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. One sign of this is that only 31 percent of investors is even making corrective financial resolutions for the New Year,...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 15- London copper was steady on Monday, holding up despite a steep drop in crude oil, on expectations that China could move to shore up its economy. *The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange trimmed gains from Friday's overnight session to 46,470 yuan a tonne, up 0.2 percent. *The U.S. Congress has cleared the way for global...

  • PetSmart is being sold to investor group for $8.7B Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 5:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— PetSmart is being sold to a group of investors led by buyout firm BC Partners for $8.7 billion. The price is also a 7 percent increase from PetSmart's closing price Friday. The sale requires approval from PetSmart shareholders.

  • Dec 14- Pet supply retailer PetSmart Inc succumbed to calls from some shareholders for a sale on Sunday with an agreement to be bought by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners Ltd for $8.7 billion, in the largest leveraged buyout of the year. PetSmart said BC Partners, as well as some of its fund investors, including La Caisse de dépôt et placement du...