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US stocks make small gains before holiday; HP tumbles

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:00pm

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. A rebound in Pfizer and Allergan boosted health care stocks.

Mali president to bestow medals on hotel assault victims

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:10am

Mali's president announced on Wednesday that he would bestow medals on the 19 people killed during an assault at a luxury hotel in the capital last week, as funerals were held for three of its employees.

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.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gets a PG-13 rating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:31pm

The Motion Picture Association of America says "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" may not be entirely suitable for young kids.

NY declares victory in Alzheimer's drug antitrust lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:31pm

New York's attorney general is dropping an antitrust lawsuit against a drug manufacturer after his office blocked what he alleged was an attempt to force Alzheimer's patients to switch to a newer patented drug instead of cheaper generic alternatives.

New federal rule for catfish inspection process finalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:00pm

Catfish and other ray-finned fish species will undergo a new inspection process starting in March.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slides to 3.95 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:51am

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates slipped this week after they rose recently on expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.

No must-have items, but big discounts on winter clothes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:31am

This year, there's no item emerging as the must-have gift for the holiday season.

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.

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.