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US home sales hit slowest pace in 6 months in Nov.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fewer Americans bought homes in November as buying slid to its slowest pace in six months....

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....

Stocks edge higher in early trade, extending rally
U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Monday, extending big gains from last week. Traders monitored the trajectory in oil prices, which have been moving higher from recent lows....

Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of sliding oil prices is straining the banking system....

Express Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal
The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a new drug from AbbVie while pulling back on more expensive options from rival drugmakers....

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."...

Caesar's Entertainment to buy affiliate
NEW YORK (AP) -- Caesar's Entertainment will buy an affiliate as it tries to smooth the reorganization of a struggling division and balance its debt load....

Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards - Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union....

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....

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Stocks open mostly higher, extending a rally

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