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  • Visitors crowd Vegas buffets for a day of feasting Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Las Vegas visitors lined up early Thursday at the city's mega-buffets to pile their plates high for an unconventional holiday meal on the Strip. With backdrops depicting ancient Greece, Parisian streets and a Rio Carnival, the buffets cost as much as $52.99 and offered a wide variety of favorites, including a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey,...

  • NUUK/ COPENHAGEN, Nov 28- Greenlanders go to the polls on Friday with hopes for a mineral-rich independence from Denmark foundering on the reality of a tiny, shrinking economy. "Hammond accentuated all the differences between Denmark and Greenland. Greenland, whose capital Nuuk is closer to New York than Copenhagen, became a Danish colony in the early 19th...

  • Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storage options and rail congestion heading into spring. When producers run out of storage space and rail cars aren't available, they store certain grains on the ground— which can reduce the quality of the grain and affect the...

  • Oil boom brings new focus to Univ. of Texas' land Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— The University of Texas System owns 2.1 million acres of land, most of it in oil-rich West Texas where royalty payments have soared past $1 billion each year. A report commissioned by the UT System found "significant core challenges" with its lands office based in Midland, where the recent oil boom has led to surging revenues, the Austin...

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY/ CAIRO Nov 27- Automobiles are supposed to get you from Point A to Point B. They can also get you into trouble, even if you aren't driving or riding in one, because they possess potent social symbolism. During a by-election in Rochester that was won by the anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party, she tweeted a picture of a white cargo van in...

  • Mining boom at stake, Greenland votes amid turmoil Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    Greenland has governed its own affairs since 1979 but its economy depends on an annual grant of 3.6 billion kroner from Denmark. "No doubt that the tumultuous climate in Greenland is not the best to attract investors," said Jakob Janussen, a political scientist from Greenland working at Aarhus University in Denmark. Most of Greenland, the world's largest island,...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Dec 9 Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    MELBOURNE- Australian Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson speaks in Melbourne, Australia- 0130 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB board member Vitor Constancio participates in a press roundtable on the occasion of the " November 2014 Financial Stability Review" presentation organized by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. LIMASSOL, Cyprus- 5th Limassol...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in the Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • US agency threatens to act against air bag maker Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    DETROIT— A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action if the company fails to admit that driver's air bag inflators are defective and to agree to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata's Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • Japanese firm to build rail cars near Los Angeles Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The county Metropolitan Transportation Authority said at least 150 jobs will be created when Kinkisharyo International of Osaka retrofits an existing manufacturing facility in Palmdale. Two years ago, Kinkisharyo won an $890 million contract to build 175 rail cars for Metro and said it would move some manufacturing from Japan to Palmdale.

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its regional recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit is at the "rear of the pack" among automakers in telling its customers of the possible dangers of Takata's air bags,...

  • 3 Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Falling gas prices. "Retail therapy is out the window for most Americans," said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm. In fact, the National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion— the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into...

  • FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    BRIDGEPORT, W.Va.— More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system— 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. "We have a perfect storm coming," FBI manager Kimberly Del Greco told The Associated Press during a rare...

  • In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    Thanksgiving isn't a holiday in Britain, but you might be forgiven for being fooled. That's because there are so many Americans in Britain these days that dozens of businesses have started selling the goods they need to celebrate. Greg Klaes, a Detroit native who used to teach science on U.S. military base schools, started growing pumpkins 30 years ago so his...

  • AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 8:38 PM ET

    The stricter standard makes good on a pledge President Barack Obama made during his first campaign for the White House and one of his first environmental actions as president: reversing a decision by President George W. Bush to set a limit weaker than scientists advised. The initial range of 60 to 70 parts per billion proposed by the EPA in January 2010 would make...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 25- Oil tumbled 2 percent to near four-year lows on Tuesday in another volatile session as a meeting of Saudi Arabia and three other nations ahead of an OPEC summit ended with no deal to curb crude output. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi held talks with officials from Venezuela, Russia and Mexico in Vienna before Thursday's summit of the Organization...

  • Oil prices are already down about 30 percent since June, and with little consensus about the likely outcome from a meeting of ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting on Nov. 27, a snap back seems unlikely and a further trend decline very possible. This is an unusual oil price fall, and one which is more about a structural change...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...