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US companies are eager to capitalize on Cuba's market but must first overcome obstacles
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....

Nicaragua canal plan sparks anger as residents fear displacement; backers vow economic boom
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."...

Obama says US reviewing whether to return North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism
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....

If you're a comedy writer, do you tackle the Sony hacking? Yes, but maybe carefully
How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess....

South Korea lowers growth outlook for 2015 citing weak consumption, investment
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices....

Asian markets in post-FOMC trade as oil rebounds
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks....

Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network blocked from Dish Network during contract negotiations
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....

EU's Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price pain
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 if president can be elected
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 regulators puzzle over how to know that (driverless) cars of the future are safe
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....

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