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HONG KONG (AP) — International stock markets rallied today as a rebound in crude oil prices gathered strength, encouraging investor optimism about broader financial markets. Futures point to opening gains on Wall Street. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose above $36.50. The dollar slipped against the yen and edged up against the euro.

HONG KONG (AP) — The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand says it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the famous character that compromised the personal information of 3.3 million users. Sanrio's digital arm says it has "corrected" a security vulnerability on the SanrioTown.com website and is carrying out an investigation. The leak was revealed by a security researcher on Dec. 19.

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong arm of one of China's biggest securities companies says its chairman has returned to work after disappearing a month ago. Guotai Junan International Holdings said Yim Fung had been assisting in "certain investigations" by authorities in mainland China in a "personal capacity" and could not be reached during that time. Yim is one of a number of high-profile figures in China's securities industry who have disappeared or been detained after regulators began investigating a meltdown in China's stock markets in June.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand judge has ruled that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom's lawyers plan to appeal the decision. The government shut down Dotcom's Megaupload website, which some visitors had used to illegally download songs and movies.

GRETNA, La. (AP) — Zatarain's is voluntarily recalling its 8 ounce boxes of Red Beans and Rice Original because the product may contain undeclared dairy ingredients that could prompt serious or life-threatening allergic reactions. The product was shipped to Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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