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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Shenida Griffith knows all too well what it's like to have to choose between taking care of a sick kid and holding down a job.
The Street: Brass is back, embracing technology is in and overindulgence is very, very out. Hotel industry experts say use of bold colors, a focus on health — in building and room design and in service offerings — will also be major themes in the coming year.
The Street: The Classic is an email device that's also a smartphone. Apple iPhones and Google Androids are smartphones that handle email. It's a subtle but important distinction.
The Street: "What we see on Dec. 31 is the biggest percentage discount of the year off of manufacturer's suggested retail prices," says Larry Dominique of TrueCar, which analyzed millions of 2013 car purchases to see when consumers got the biggest bargains.
After dating for two years, couple seeks advice on what to resolve financially before tying the knot.
NEW YORK - If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1.
TOKYO (AP) - Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.
Major U.S. stock indexes moved higher Friday afternoon, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track for new highs. Falling oil and natural gas prices helped bolster expectations for stronger consumer spending heading into next year. Utilities stocks were among the biggest gainers in light trading a day after Christmas.
MF Global Holdings Ltd. must pay $1.21 billion to reimburse customers for losses sustained when the brokerage firm failed in 2011.
ATLANTIC CITY - The Florida developer in line to purchase the former Revel Casino Hotel says in court filings that the auction for the property was not run fairly and he wants an $8 million discount.
JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) - Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.
NEW YORK (AP) - Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.
MOSCOW (AP) - A massive snowstorm in Moscow on Thursday caused delays to more than 150 flights and brought traffic to a standstill.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday - an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Stocks closed mostly higher Wednesday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 18,000 for the first time. Investors were encouraged by the latest positive news on the U.S. economy. Trading ended early ahead of the Christmas holiday.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:
NEW YORK (AP) - Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
A group of 45 Philadelphia taxi companies filed suit in federal court Tuesday alleging that Uber, the app-based taxi enterprise, is waging unfair competition against medallion owners who must operate under state laws and regulations.

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