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  • Obama selects longtime NRC attorney as chairman Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has selected a 33- year veteran of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Stephen G. Burns, to serve as its chairman. Burns replaces Allison Macfarlane, who is stepping down to take a position at George Washington University. He has also served a stint as head of legal affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- Libya, torn by a growing political divide that threatens to engulf its oilfields, could become the next Syria if it does not patch its divided government and get help battling Islamic militants, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Dayri represents the internationally recognized government in eastern Libya, which is locked in an...

  • 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...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • In its complaint, the commission charges that Arizona- based LeapLab bought the payday loan applications of people strapped for money and then sold that data to third-parties who most often weren't lenders at all. LeapLab, the commission says, knew some of the third-party marketers were not online lenders and that in many cases unauthorized withdrawals were...

  • Too late: Cops' deaths highlight outdated systems Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK— After Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend and posted an online death threat against police, investigators in Maryland used modern cellphone tracking technology to follow his journey to New York City in real time. But when it came to giving the New York Police Department specifics about Brinsley, the means were markedly low-tech: a phone call and...

  • How other economies are struggling as US shines Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— While the U.S. economy grew from July through September at the fastest pace in more than a decade, most other major economies have been struggling. Europe is straining just to grow. Russia foresees a recession next year.

  • LOS ANGELES/ WASHINGTON, Dec 23- Sony Pictures cleared the way on Tuesday for release of "The Interview" in some U.S. theaters on Christmas Day, less than a week after pulling the movie following a devastating cyberattack that has been blamed on North Korea. Sony Pictures Chief Executive Michael Lynton said there would be "a limited theatrical release" in the United...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- The U.S. economy grew at a 5.0 percent clip in the third quarter, its quickest pace in 11 years and the strongest sign yet that growth has decisively shifted into higher gear. "Our economy is firing on most cylinders, whereas the global economy is essentially in dire need of a spark," said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West...

  • CARACAS, Dec 23- Venezuelan shoppers line up outside a Caracas liquor store to buy bottles of Buchanan's 12- year Scotch whisky at half the usual cost, a deal made possible by a state subsidy that gave cheap dollars to import them. The same subsidy, provided under the country's three-tiered exchange control system, helps a Caracas merchant do thriving business in...

  • WASHINGTON— FDA to recommend end of ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men; restrictions remain.

  • He said Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters. For Sony, the decision was the culmination of a gradual about-face: After initially saying it had no plans to release the movie, the company began softening its position after it was broadly criticized. Sony officials aren't commenting on whether the film will...

  • APNewsBreak: DC farm site is ecological disaster Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A massive urban farm project the District of Columbia mayor announced with great fanfare more than 18 months ago is falling apart. The site is so contaminated, a recent survey by the city estimated it would take $1 million to clean up. With Mayor Vincent Gray leaving office, New York- based BrightFarms is likely to walk away from a project it once said...

  • Court rejects 2 ozone regulations Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said EPA cannot increase the amount of compliance time by an additional year and cannot revoke ozone requirements for highway projects. Writing for the majority, appeals judge Sri Srinivasan said the EPA's action was untethered to Congress's approach. The Natural Resources...

  • Probe fails to link IRS scandal to White House Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A House Republican investigation faults senior IRS officials in the mistreatment of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, but could find no link to the White House, according to a report released Tuesday. Issa has repeatedly clashed with the White House and congressional Democrats over the way the IRS treated tea party and...

  • US consumer sentiment at highest point in 8 years Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. consumers are more optimistic about the economy than at any other time in the past eight years, buoyed by more jobs and falling gas prices, a survey finds. The University of Michigan said Tuesday that its index of consumer sentiment has jumped to 93.6 from 88.8 in November. "Consumers have become convinced that growing strength in the national...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- The U.S. economy grew at its quickest pace in 11 years in the third quarter, the strongest sign yet that growth has decisively shifted into higher gear. "After four years of rocky recovery the U.S. economy is now hitting its stride... and growth should remain good next year, with lower gasoline prices a big plus for consumers," said Gus Faucher, a senior...

  • US consumer spending up solid 0.6 pct. in November Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months— both encouraging signs for economic growth. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that consumer spending increased 0.6 percent in November, double the 0.3 percent October gain and the best showing since August.

  • US new home sales fall 1.6 percent in November Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Sales of new U.S. homes fell in November, evidence that recent job gains have yet to boost the housing sector. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales slid 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 438,000, the second straight monthly decline. "Soft November new-home sales are consistent with what has been a slow...

  • WASHINGTON— US new home sales slip 1.6 percent in November; stronger job growth not boosting housing yet.