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Ferguson protests move to retail stores

3 hours 49 min ago
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....

Stocks mixed in afternoon trading as oil stumbles

3 hours 50 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks were mixed Friday as tumbling oil prices had a dual effect on the market: The drop boosted retailers and cruise lines, which benefit when people save on energy costs, but hurt energy companies....

BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Protests for Ferguson, $15/hour

3 hours 53 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday has become the part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving....

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

4 hours 56 min ago
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time....

Oil plunge a panacea for much of world economy

6 hours 51 min ago
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses....

Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing

7 hours 7 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season....

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry

7 hours 35 min ago
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker....

Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

8 hours 6 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad....

Swiss to vote on massive gold-buying plan

10 hours 43 min ago
GENEVA (AP) -- In Switzerland, a campaign is on to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold - a lot of gold....

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Thu, 2014-11-27 12:37
VIENNA (AP) -- Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result....

Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey

Thu, 2014-11-27 10:15
NEW YORK (AP) -- Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving....

EU piling pressure on Google to change ways

Thu, 2014-11-27 08:14
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union institutions are piling pressure on Google to change the way it operates its business and applies EU rules....

Millions expected to shop on Thanksgiving

Thu, 2014-11-27 06:40
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition....

ECB's Draghi: Euro monetary union 'incomplete'

Thu, 2014-11-27 06:30
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains "incomplete" and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries' economic policies to avoid future crises....

General strike shuts down services across Greece

Thu, 2014-11-27 05:42
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A 24-hour general strike in Greece shut down services across the country, forcing flight cancellations and school closures and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while tens of thousands of protesters marched in central Athens....

Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits

Thu, 2014-11-27 01:02
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House....

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

Wed, 2014-11-26 14:38
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver's air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall....

US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

Wed, 2014-11-26 09:53
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks aren't moving much in midday trading as indexes remain near record levels....

Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms

Wed, 2014-11-26 09:49
Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast....

Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses

Wed, 2014-11-26 09:30
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks....