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Energy shares slide after OPEC decision
HONG KONG (AP) -- Crude oil and energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of uninspiring economic data raised hopes that more stimulus was in the pipeline while other global indexes were mixed....

Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses....

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices
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....

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving
NEW YORK (AP) -- Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition....

Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores
MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) -- Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time....

EU won't sanction France, Italy on budget yet
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The head of the European Union's executive is opting not to sanction France or Italy just yet over their failure to meet targets on their public finances....

Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement....

Diplomats make trade deal to cut red tape, poverty
GENEVA (AP) -- After many years of talking, the World Trade Organization pulled off a major deal Thursday that the body said could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually....

Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy....

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