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  • BOSTON, Dec 27- Sony Corp worked for a third day on Saturday to restore services to its PlayStation online gaming network after a Christmas Day cyberattack shuttered access to some customers, including holiday recipients of new game consoles. "If you received a PlayStation console over the holidays and have been unable to log onto the network, know that this...

  • 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...

  • Missouri 1st to see average gas price below $2 Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA. Missouri's average on Friday morning was $1.98, according to AAA. Oklahoma had the second-lowest average at $2.01 and "is...

  • NEW YORK— The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating how RadioShack manages its retirement plan for employees, according to a regulatory filing. The Fort Worth, Texas, company is the target of at least three related lawsuits and said that it has provided documents at the Labor Department's request. RadioShack Corp. has struggled to compete as online...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Dec 26- With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to run a line between two of the largest U.S. cities.

  • Flying high: Airstream can't keep up with demand Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    JACKSON CENTER, Ohio— Bob Wheeler still gets the question sometimes when people find out he runs the company that builds those shiny aluminum campers: "Airstreams? Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of...

  • Massachusetts investigates Santander Bank Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    Attorney General Martha Coakley subpoenaed Santander's U.S. auto finance company to produce documents related to borrowers' credit histories, the interest rates they were charged, and how the loan risks were described to investors, Coakley spokesman said Brad Puffer told The Boston Globe. Santander became a dominant player in the subprime market in 2006,...

  • 5 things to know about Alamo Village Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas— A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. —Nearly a half-dozen Alamo- themed TV shows or movies were made there, as well as hundreds of other productions. One was the acclaimed 1989 TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove," where Alamo Village served as a stand-in for...

  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    "It's not just something that represents history to a movie set— it is now history for sure," says Rich Curilla, the one-man curator and custodian of the now-closed Alamo Village. Alamo Village, a 400- acre plot of land about 120 miles west of San Antonio, was carved out of a large ranch in the late 1950 s for Wayne's directorial debut. Unlike the real Alamo, which is...

  • Michigan's population creeping up as autos recover Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says. Despite the rise, Michigan dropped to the 10th most-populous state this year as North Carolina jumped to No. 9.. And the number of people moving to Michigan continues to trail the number migrating elsewhere, with...

  • Firm recalls caramel apples amid listeria fears Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. Happy Apple Co. of Washington, Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday that one of the apple suppliers to its California facility reported that there may be a connection between the listeria outbreak and the...

  • Unions make push to recruit protected immigrants Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally. "I think we'll see very positive changes" because of the action, said Tom Balanoff, president of Service Employees International...

  • Los Angeles cracks down on tow truck bandits Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Residents of Los Angeles and some other major cities have another headache to add to their commuting woes— tow truck "bandits" who arrive unsolicited at an accident scene, tow away cars and hold them for ransom for big bucks. The cluster of cases recently led the city and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which tracks such complaints nationwide, to...

  • GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month launched a program to give GPS devices to some parents caught crossing the Mexican border...

  • Sony tries to save face with 'Interview' flip-flop Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's flip-flop on releasing "The Interview" shows the studio is working furiously to try to chart the right course through political and public-opinion minefields. Although analysts don't believe the decision will have any effect on Sony's image, it will at least give the movie-going public a chance to vote with their wallets and send North Korea a...

  • Judge rejects lawsuit against Obama on immigration Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal judge on Tuesday night rejected an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. "The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that federal officials can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws, and the actions announced by the president are...

  • The White House praised Sony's about-face, which the studio said would result in "a limited theatrical release" of the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and is about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. "The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome...

  • Shortly thereafter, the White House praised Sony's about-face, which the studio said would result in "a limited theatrical release" on Christmas Day of the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and is about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. "The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own...

  • American Airlines reaches deal with Envoy pilots Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    American Airlines Group Inc. and the pilots of Envoy Air have reached a contract agreement after a year-long dispute. The airline and the pilots union said Tuesday that the new 10- year agreement includes an up-front cash payment for current Envoy pilots, a commitment for new aircraft, and an arrangement that would allow Envoy pilots to be hired at American...