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  • Dec 20- More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, officials said. The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in...

  • The protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations across the United States in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Police made some arrests in the demonstration on private property at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of...

  • Dec 18- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes. The U.S. Treasury Department said it expects to ease its sanction rules for banking in Cuba in the coming weeks.

  • NEW YORK/ ST. LOUIS, Dec 18- U.S. authorities sued MoneyGram International Inc's former chief compliance officer on Thursday, seeking a $1 million civil penalty and to hold him personally responsible for failing to stop fraudulent telemarketers from using the money-transfer firm's services. The lawsuit against Thomas Haider was filed in U.S. District Court in...

  • *Investors buy record share at $16 bln TIPS auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street shares rose a day after the U.S.

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • Massachusetts couple sues Whole Foods, ranch Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    BOSTON— A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8- year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat. Melissa and Andrew Kaye, of Braintree, said in their suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston that the grass-fed beef they bought at...

  • On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a "Staff Pick"— a designation that one of Kickstarter's 98 employees can give a project based on his or her personal tastes. Shelley Harper scoured Google, read blog posts and...

  • 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...

  • Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world. Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values after receiving an award from The Robert F....

  • Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:49 PM ET

    Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values as she accepted an award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice& Human Rights at a New York gala. During her speech, she declared, "yes, black lives matter," a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone on monetary policy, while a slide in oil prices pushed the Russian rouble to new lows and boosted the safe-haven yen. "That the FOMC sounds dovish either in the statement or the press conference is certainly a risk to the...

  • Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Lockheed Martin Corp. agreed on Tuesday to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. Lockheed Martin had countered that such claims "are false," and it was "committed to defending against the...

  • Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page. Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said the department store chain does not tolerate violence, violent conversation or "threats of any kind." Hodges said a manager from the downtown Portland store called him Friday to say people were calling...

  • Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that will make parts for Boeing's new 777 X passenger aircraft.

  • 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...

  • Black leaders speak against Missouri levee project Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A levee project in the Missouri Bootheel region would increase the flood risk in predominantly black communities in Illinois, several government and civic leaders of those communities said in a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The New Madrid Floodway project was first proposed in 1954 as a means of protecting an area of rich Missouri...

  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they are more and more reflecting the true hues of American society. Society has changed, so superheroes— at heart a reflection of life in the United States— have to as well, said Axel Alonso, editor in chief at Marvel Comics, who in November debuted Captain America No. 1 with Samuel Wilson, the first African...

  • ST. LOUIS— Express Scripts Holding Co. is looking for another chief financial officer less than a year after Cathy R. Smith joined the pharmacy benefits manager from retail giant Wal-Mart. Express Scripts said Monday after markets closed that Smith no longer serves as executive vice president and CFO, but she will continue to work for the St. Louis company into...

  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game "Flappy Bird," bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie "...