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Business Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
Business Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations Sides 'far apart' in West Coast port negotiations
While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.
Business U.S. agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade U.S. agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade
U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.
Business Why the Fed thinks U.S. economy still needs its help Why the Fed thinks U.S. economy still needs its help
The Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that it's eyeing economic improvements with caution. The Fed isn't yet convinced it can start to pull away its stimulus of record-low interest rates.
Business Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South
Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday.
Business U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism
Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.
Business Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises
Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.
Business U.S. current account deficit rises to $100.3 billion U.S. current account deficit rises to $100.3 billion
The U.S. current account trade deficit widened slightly in the July-September quarter, largely due to foreign institutions paying less in fines and penalties to the U.S. government.
Business Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline amid website glitches Insurers ease 'Obamacare' deadline amid website glitches
Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry said Tuesday it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January.
Business RadioShack hires advisory firm, warns of bankruptcy RadioShack hires advisory firm, warns of bankruptcy
RadioShack is bringing in FTI Consulting as an adviser in the midst of another round of cost cuts as the troubled electronics retailer warned again last week that it may have to seek bankruptcy protection.
Business Survey: Chinese manufacturing contracted in December Survey: Chinese manufacturing contracted in December
Chinese manufacturing contracted in December for the first time in seven months in another sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is quickening, according to a survey of factories released Tuesday.
Business Why oil is down by half, what it means for you Why oil is down by half, what it means for you
The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.
Business Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate hike
A resurgent U.S. economy has emerged from a long struggle with high unemployment and weak growth. And the Federal Reserve seems poised to recognize the sustained improvement.
Business US homebuilder sentiment slips in December US homebuilder sentiment slips in December
U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favorable.
Business Christmas tree shopping: Cost vs. convenience Christmas tree shopping: Cost vs. convenience
Some U.S. consumers are going over the Internet or through the woods to find fresh Christmas trees this year, taking advantage of shopping options at opposite ends of the cost spectrum.
Business Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices
Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.