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US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels....

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground
RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) -- As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."...

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company....

How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully
How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess....

In latest TV spat, Fox News blocked from Dish Network
NEW YORK (AP) -- Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations....

Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent
PARIS (AP) -- Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps - and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season....

Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed....

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe....

Gulf stocks climb with Dubai gaining 9.9 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Gulf stocks have opened the week with a climb that saw Dubai's main index gaining 9.9 percent....

'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut
NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday....

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