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  • SURABAYA, Indonesia— As search crews on Monday scoured the Indonesian waters where an AirAsia jet carrying 162 people is believed to have gone down, officials predicted a tragic ending to the region's latest aviation mystery. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished Sunday morning in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.

  • Dec 28- Apple Inc said its iTunes store is now carrying Sony Corp's "The Interview", the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio. Sony Pictures released the movie online via Google Inc's YouTube and Google Play, Microsoft Corp's Xbox gaming console and a Sony dedicated website first made the movie available last week after...

  • Dec 28- Apple Inc said its iTunes store is now carrying Sony Corp's "The Interview", the film that angered North Korea and triggered a cyberattack against the studio. "We're pleased to offer' The Interview' for rental or purchase on the iTunes Store," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in a statement. The news comes after Sony Pictures released the movie online via Google...

  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished from radar. The plane was in the safest part of flight: Just 10 percent of fatal crashes from 2004 through 2013 occurred while a plane was at cruise elevation, according to a safety study published by Boeing in August.

  • New tourism director hopes to work with colleges Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Happy to be back in New Hampshire, the state's new head of travel and tourism also wants to return to school, in a sense, by working with colleges and universities to attract more students. One of her long-term goals is to partner with the education community to highlight why New Hampshire is both an attractive place to visit and to earn a degree.

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 28- When Allan Pulga, a communications manager, found out he was going to be a father, he had to make a tough choice- stay in a tiny downtown condo or leave Vancouver. "When you're a young, single person, you can make Vancouver work financially," said Pulga, who was able to transfer to iQmetrix's Regina office. The average Vancouver- area property- including...

  • Indonesian official: Prospects bleak for missing jet Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea. The Malaysia- based carrier's loss comes on top of the still-unexplained disappearance of...

  • BOSTON, Dec 27- Sony Corp worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation video gaming network after disruptions that a hacker group said it caused in a Christmas Day attack. It was Sony's second high-profile encounter with hackers this holiday season following the unprecedented attack on its Hollywood studio, which Washington has...

  • Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK— When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. But the issue got the attention of a federal judge in New York after a Long Island family uncovered evidence that an engineer who examined their property had...

  • Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    More than two decades after Bill Clinton won the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering another White House bid— and for her, too, it's still "the economy, stupid." Democrats are watching closely, including members of the party's liberal wing who are wary of her ties to Wall Street and six-figure speaking fees. Clinton is widely expected to announce a...

  • 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,...

  • -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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Holiday deliveries improve but hiccups continue Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season. FedEx delivered more than 99 percent of express packages as promised on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, according to shipment tracker ShipMatrix. The improved performance comes after delays by FedEx and UPS last year...

  • Tesla plans to demonstrate the higher range with a drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles— about a 400- mile trip— early next year. Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the upgrade Thursday and Tesla posted more details on its website Friday. The larger battery has a range of 265 miles, according to EPA testing.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 26- The dollar rose against the yen and euro on Friday in scant volume, with many major markets still closed after the Christmas holiday. There's going to be a dip-buying mentality "said Rob Zukowski, senior technical analyst at 4 Cast Ltd. based in New York. Data on Tuesday that showed the U.S. economy growing at its fastest quarterly pace in 11 years...

  • *Gold on track for flat week, yearly drop. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 26- Gold rose the most in 2-1/ 2 weeks on Friday in thin post-Christmas trading, boosted by short-covering after China's central bank was reported to be considering a loosening of liquidity requirements at the country's banks. Gold prices were buoyed throughout the day by news reports that China, the...