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US stocks rise as holiday approaches; Deere gains on earns

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:01am

Stocks are ticking upward in afternoon trading, making small gains for the second day in a row ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

Brazil police arrest government Senate leader

Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:01am

Brazilian police Wednesday arrested the government's leader in the Senate for allegedly obstructing the investigation into a corruption scandal at state-owned oil company Petrobras.

E. coli tied to Costco more dangerous than Chipotle outbreak

Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:30am

The strain of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad that sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent outbreak that closed some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest.

Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:42am

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor.

More optimism among middle class buoys US consumer sentiment

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:31am

Americans were more optimistic about their incomes and personal finances this month, particularly among lower and middle-class households, lifting consumers' outlook.

US new-home sales rebound in October after September plummet

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:10am

Sales of new homes recovered in October after suffering a steep drop in September, returning to this year's trend of an improving market for real estate developers and builders.

UK backs off cuts to tax breaks for lower income households

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:21am

Britain's Treasury chief abandoned controversial cuts in tax credits for the working poor and kept police funding intact on Wednesday as he updated Parliament on the government's budget plans.

Gambling to feature at New York daily fantasy sports hearing

Jake Pearson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:10am

A judge is expected to hear different interpretations of how the country's two biggest daily fantasy sports companies operate at a hearing Wednesday on whether the businesses should be allowed to continue operating in New York.

Consumer spending up a weak 0.1 percent in October

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:02am

Consumer spending posted a modest increase for a second straight month in October, while personal income rebounded after a sluggish September.

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 260,000

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:02am

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the Labor Department said Wednesday, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.

Smartphones overtake desktops for holiday shopping

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:00am

If the beginning of the holiday season is any indication, it could be a merry mobile Christmas for shoppers.

Growth _ but not expansion _ in US Internet gambling market

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:01am

Internet gambling is slowly growing — but not expanding — after 2 1/2 years of online betting in the United States.

Polish minister: Country against further gas emission cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:21am

Poland's new environment minister said Wednesday he is against further cuts in carbon gas emissions, a key topic during climate talks next week in Paris.

NY declares victory in Alzheimer's drug antitrust lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:20am

New York's attorney general is dropping a lawsuit against a drug manufacturer after blocking what he said was an attempt to switch Alzheimer's patients to a newer patented drug.

Relative of slave trader to head plan to create slave museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 10:10am

A direct descendant of a prominent slave trader has been named to lead the creation of a slave trade museum in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island's now-closed Providence cathedral.

OSHA to investigate Utah industrial worker's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:41am

Salt Lake City police say federal officials will take over the investigation of a death at an industrial yard.

Douglass North, co-recipient of 1993 Nobel Prize, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:31am

Douglass C. North, a St. Louis economist who was a co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, has died. He was 95.

AP Interview: Coke exec on 'adversarial' ties with critics

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:10am

Coke says it wants to mend relations with critics of its sugary drinks.

Grain mostly higher, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:50am

Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

San Juan College helps struggling students

Joshua Kellogg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:10am

San Juan College is putting the finishing touches on a new program designed to provide students with training in life skills and connect them with community resources to help them graduate.