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  • James Patterson donating to independent bookstores Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Thanks to a holiday windfall, Left Bank Books in St. Louis plans to install a security system and possibly update its phones. Strand Book Store in New York City is looking to sponsor field trips that will bring in students from low income neighborhoods. Since 2009, core membership of the American Booksellers Association, the trade group for independent...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 12- Gold edged lower on Friday as some buyers cashed in recent gains, but the metal had its biggest weekly rise in two months as the dollar retreated and sliding oil prices hurt risk appetite. Gold was up 2.5 percent this week after Tuesday's big rally. Spot gold was down 0.5 percent at $1,221.66 an ounce by 3:38 p.m. EST, while U.S. gold futures for...

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery gained 9 cents to $6.0650 a bushel; Mar corn was up 9 cents to 4.0750 a bushel; Mar oats rose 1 cent to $3.1250 a bushel; while Jan soybeans advanced 5 cents to $10.4725 bushel. Feb live cattle was off. 40 cents to $1.6217 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3 cents lower at $2.2560 a...

  • "Those negotiations loom large in the background of the in terms of China opening its market much wider to foreign investment," said Jeremie Waterman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive director for China. As the talks begin, Commerce is due to announce the final ruling in a trade dispute over solar panel and cell imports from China and Taiwan.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 12- Argentina's main state bank will deny credit to farmers who are holding onto soybeans as a hedge against inflation, a top official said on Friday, as the government cracks down on crop hoarding as part of a campaign to build up its dollar reserves. Argentine soy is used widely as livestock feed in Asia, fueling the region's shift toward a higher...

  • Abbott Labs raises dividend to 24 cents Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Abbott Laboratories on Friday raised its quarterly dividend 9 percent to 24 cents from 22 cents. Its next dividend is payable Feb. 13 to shareholders of record on Jan. 15. Shares of the North Chicago, Illinois, company fell 22 cents to $44.24 in afternoon trading.

  • Uber French ruling latest in series of challenges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Legislation seeks interim steps to stop Asian carp Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Members of Congress on Friday called for strengthening defenses on a river about 40 miles from Chicago as a temporary step toward preventing aggressive Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes and depleting their prized fish stocks. Under bills introduced in the House and Senate, federal agencies would be ordered to focus interim efforts...

  • Health insurance costs up in parts of Illinois Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:29 PM ET

    Average costs fell in the Chicago area, where health care competition is fierce. But costs rose in Springfield and Belleville, according to an analysis of average rates for popular insurance plans conducted for The Associated Press. Health care costs are increasing, but competition for insurance plan customers means populous Chicago is bucking the trend,...

  • ND proposes changes in oilfield waste rules Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil companies may be allowed to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste at some North Dakota landfills instead of hauling it out of state under new rules proposed by the state Health Department. North Dakota generates up to 75 tons of radioactive waste daily, largely from oil filter socks, Glatt said. But North Dakota has faced increased problems...

  • French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which says it is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Greenpeace activists take plea deal in P&G protest Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET

    P&G has said it's working with Greenpeace to eliminate deforestation in its palm oil supply chain, the subject of the March 4 protest. Mark Piepmeier, lead prosecutor on the case, said authorities were told Greenpeace and P&G have been working together "more collaboratively," and prosecutors honored the company's request to offer the plea deal.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 25 Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to speak on "May change happen"- 1200 GMT. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Norges Bank Investment Management Director Yngve Slyngstad hold lectures for the regional network. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank holds monetary policy meeting.

  • Hawaii envisions presidential library on the beach Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii hopes it has an offer Honolulu- born President Barack Obama won't be able to turn down. Hawaii officials predicted Thursday that the prime 8- acre spot on a rocky shoreline between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, combined with the state's many tourists, would make the facility one of the nation's most heavily visited presidential centers.

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:38 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery gained 15.75 cents to $5.9750 a bushel; Mar corn was up 4.75 cents to 3.9850 a bushel; Mar oats rose 1.25 cents to $3.1150 a bushel; while Jan soybeans advanced 10.25 cents to $10.4225 bushel. Feb live cattle was off. 28 cents to $1.6257 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3 cents...

  • Dec 11- Law firms and consultants reached agreements with Detroit over fees they charged the city for work on its historic bankruptcy, federal court mediators said on Thursday. As of Oct. 24, fees and expenses totaled nearly $141 million, with law firm Jones Day submitting the biggest bill, totaling $52.3 million. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had raised the...

  • Correction: Tech Diversity-Making It Happen story Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.— In a story Dec. 10 about efforts to diversify the technology industry, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a computer coding camp co-founded by Liliana Monge. SANTA CLARA, Calif.— Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and...

  • *Traders stay wary with Brent below $65, U.S. crude near $60. Benchmark Brent oil remained below $65 a barrel while U.S. crude traded not far from the $60 support level in choppy trade. "For the moment at least, we're focused on the positives of this oil drop rather than the negatives like deflation and freeze on investments in energy spending," said Phil Flynn, analyst at...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The United States will continue to press China on its currency, protection of intellectual property and state-owned businesses, U.S. "The key with China is to continue to simply press them on those areas where trade is imbalanced, whether it's on their currency practices, whether it's on IP protection, whether it's on their state-owned...

  • American Museum of Natural History plans addition Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The American Museum of Natural History has announced plans to build an addition to house a new science and education center. The $325 million Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation is slated to open in 2019, the museum's 150th anniversary. Chicago- based Studio Gang Architects has been selected to design the addition.