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  • US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    HAVANA— A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic...

  • 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...

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp.. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender...

  • PANAMA CITY, Dec 26- The consortium working on the extensive Panama Canal expansion has submitted two new claims for cost overruns of almost $740 million, the canal administrator said on Friday. A dispute between the canal and the consortium over cost overruns temporarily halted work on the expansion earlier this year and arguments over the project are now...

  • Things to know about the enduring Airstream Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    The western Ohio plant that builds Airstream travel-trailers is seeing such hot demand that there's a three-month backlog on orders, and ground has been broken on a major expansion that will increase production capacity. An annual camping event at the Ohio factory sponsored by Airstream Life magazine draws 120 to 150 units. The first stop for Apollo 11...

  • 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...

  • At 101, dedicated union rep is calling it quits Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— At 101, Charlie Ponti has finally decided to retire for good— probably. On Dec. 31, he will officially finish up a 77- year stint with the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153, where he started as a business representative and organizer and ended as the president of the local's retirees association. The Rutherford, New Jersey,...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Grant seeks to expand indoor farming in state Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    A New Haven- based technology company, Agrivolution LLC, has received a $73,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with Connecticut farmers and determine the feasibility of year-round, indoor production. Richard Fu, who began Agrivolution while a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, plans to use that money to research whether...

  • Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Cats these days aren't associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. "Social media has put pets front and center," said Christie Keith, social media consultant for Maddie's Fund, a California- based foundation that works to save pets' lives.

  • Florida truck driver crushed by storage pod dies Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    CLAY, N.Y.— Authorities say a Florida truck driver has died from injuries suffered when she was crushed by a 5- ton storage pod at an upstate New York facility. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office says 38- year-old Alicia Henderson of Casselberry, Florida, died Tuesday at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The sheriff's office and the federal Occupation...

  • Air bag maker Takata shuffles top management Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 5:17 AM ET

    TOKYO— Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of air bags at the center of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis. Takata's president Stefan Stocker is moving aside to let its chairman, Shigehisa Takada, take over, the company said in a statement.

  • Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4 Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    Phil Bryant said at a Wednesday news conference in Columbia, about 80 miles southeast of the state capital of Jackson. Bryant, who toured the stricken area by helicopter and by vehicle before the news conference, said state emergency officials believe the destruction was caused by a tornado, although the National Weather Service in Jackson has not confirmed...

  • Officials cite progress on health care enrollment Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a good start but has a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday. The numbers don't include states running their own insurance exchanges, including California and New York. At her year-end news conference, Burwell dodged questions about a...

  • US-Cuba: New life for Cuba's classic cars? Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    HAVANA— Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. One of the measures announced by Obama last week would allow U.S. exports to Cuba's small class of private business owners, which includes thousands of mechanics and taxi drivers who...

  • Hertz announces price increases, shares jump Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    NAPLES, Fla.— Shares in Hertz jumped Tuesday after the company said it is raising prices for its car rentals. The Florida- based company said that the price increase applies to all Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car rentals schedule for pickup after Jan. 1. The decision comes as Hertz is pursuing cost reductions, which it expects will save $100 million annually.

  • South Dakota expected to set holiday travel record Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Low gas prices and the steadily improving economy should encourage a record number of South Dakota travelers to hit the roads over the holidays, despite the chance of bad weather. About 260,000 residents will get behind the wheel and 8,700 people will take flights, said Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota. Parts of eastern South...

  • Medellin's Christmas lights dazzle in Colombia Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    MEDELLIN, Colombia— Medellin for Christmas vacation? The lights can be seen primarily in eight areas of the city: Cerro Nutibara, La Playa Avenue, East Avenue, Carabobo, San Juan, Junin, 70 North Street and Las Palmas. After all, Colombia's most notorious outlaw, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, was assassinated more than 20 years ago.

  • Ruling opens door for cruise malpractice lawsuits Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET

    MIAMI— Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise of a lifetime with 18 family members in the summer of 2001 aboard Royal Caribbean's "Explorer of the Seas." The most recent is a 1988 ruling known as "Barbetta" that cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival regularly relied upon to get malpractice lawsuits...

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the end of the year press conference in the White House, Washington, December 19, 2014.

    The investigation will see if insurance companies discriminated against people with costly chronic conditions. The NYT reports.