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  • Airbus says missing AirAsia plane was delivered 2008 Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 28- The AirAsia aircraft that went missing on Sunday on its way to Singapore from Surabaya in Indonesia was delivered to its operator in 2008 and had recorded 23,000 flight hours on 13,600 flights, manufacturer Airbus said in a statement. Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people aboard, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic...

  • Congress likely to make key decisions on drones Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is about to propose long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. "We need some sort of process that allows some of the low-risk operations," said Jesse Kallman, the head of regulatory affairs for Airware, a drone...

  • 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...

  • US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    HAVANA— A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Interests Section suddenly is poised to become an even more important presence in Cuba as the two countries negotiate the first phase of their historic...

  • GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. The economy, writ large, has been America's top policy priority for the entirety of Barack Obama's presidency, despite...

  • 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,...

  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy. It wasn't the first time...

  • Doubts deepen over Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:45 PM ET
    Thousands of demonstrators march against the 173-mile Interoceanic Grand Canal that they say will negatively impact the environment, communities and Nicaraguan sovereignty, in Managua, Nicaragua December 10, 2014.

    Skepticism is growing over a $50 billion project to build a canal across Nicaragua, a project spearheaded by a little-known Chinese businessman.

  • N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey' in hacking row Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Figures on government spending and debt Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world. All told, the United States remained insulated from the financial struggles surfacing everywhere from Europe and Latin America to...

  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp.. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender...

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Those are some of the top business stories of 2014, as chosen by business editors at The Associated Press. Others include massive product disasters: A string of auto recalls after faulty ignition switches from General Motors Corp. and air bags in many car models caused injuries and deaths. Janet Yellen became the first woman to head the Federal Reserve and U.S....

  • A year and a half after the $50 billion project to build a canal across Nicaragua was launched by President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla, the doubts have only grown. So far the company, the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd, or HKND Group, of telecoms entrepreneur Wang Jing, has identified only $200 million in funding.

  • Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview' Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But with President Obama among others criticizing the decision, Sony officials changed...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...

  • Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable." Washington failed to offer any proof to back its claims of Pyongyang's involvement in the hacking, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich...