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  • Cuba cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    It's not for the average customer, "said Erik Otero, who left Cuba when he was 3 and has been rolling cigars since age 11.. Licensed American travelers to Cuba will soon be able to return home with up to $400 of merchandise, of which $100 combined can be spent on alcohol or tobacco products. Sampson Clay, visiting Miami from Cincinnati on his honeymoon, stopped at the...

  • Honda opens museum, training facility in Ohio Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:35 AM ET

    MARYSVILLE, Ohio— Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's half-century history in North America. The new 160,000- square-foot facility includes office space and a new technical development center with classrooms and hands-on training opportunities for Honda engineers, technicians...

  • Ohio unemployment rate at 5 percent, a 13-year low Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:53 AM ET

    Ohio's rate remains lower than the U.S. unemployment rate, which for November was unchanged from October at 5.8 percent, and down from 7.0 percent in November 2013. Ohio's unemployment rate in November 2013 was 7.2 percent. Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 17,900 over the month, from a revised 5.31 million in October to 5.32 million...

  • It's law now: 'No Social Security for Nazis' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. The AP's investigation, which was the impetus for the No Social Security for Nazis Act, found that dozens of former Nazis collected millions of...

  • *White House not in position to confirm North Korea responsible. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 18- Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

  • Cintas beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    CINCINNATI _ Cintas Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $120.4 million. Cintas expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.49 to $3.54 per share, with revenue in the range of $4.45 billion to $4.5 billion. Cintas shares have climbed 25 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 12 percent.

  • 'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters. After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters across the U.S. plugged in screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies...

  • NY AG cracks down on toy guns that look real Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Eric Schneiderman's office announced Thursday that letters were sent to Walmart, Amazon, K-Mart and Sears telling them to follow a state law intended to ensure that toy guns aren't mistaken for the real thing. A Walmart spokesman says the company will work with Schneiderman to ensure compliance. Messages left with K-Mart, Sears and Amazon Wednesday were not...

  • Worthington misses 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Worthington Industries Inc. on Wednesday reported earnings of $29.5 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. Analysts expected $867.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has...

  • Dec 17- PepsiCo Inc earnings could come under pressure in the fourth quarter due to currency fluctuations, investors said, as the company's biggest foreign markets- Russia, Mexico and Canada- have all taken hits to their currencies in recent months. While international expansion has helped PepsiCo diversify, it has exposed it to broader economic problems and...

  • Dec 17- U.S. stocks are expected to climb in 2015 as concerns about the prospect of a Federal Reserve interest-rate hike are being offset by hopes for strong consumer spending as oil prices fall, according to a Reuters poll. That would represent a near 12 percent rise for 2015 from a Dec. 16 close of 1,972.74. "The market's ability to withstand higher rates is the big...

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • Dec 17- Husky Energy Inc, Canada's No. 3 integrated oil company, said it expects its capital spending to drop by a third in 2015 compared with 2014, becoming the latest Canadian producer to scale back spending as oil prices fall. Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka- shing, said it would spend about $3.4 billion in 2015, with about three-quarters going...

  • Ohio gas well keeping 25 families out of homes Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— A natural gas fracking well that is leaking uncontrollably has kept 25 families from their homes for three days in eastern Ohio. The families were evacuated from houses within a 1.5- mile radius of the well, located near the Ohio River, about 160 miles east of Columbus, the Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday. The well is operated by Triad Hunter, a...

  • 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...

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    CINCINNATI— The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton against the city of Beavercreek, the two Beavercreek officers involved, the police chief and...