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NKorean heir’s uncle plays key role

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A North Korean mourner receives hot drinks at a tent set up for people braving the cold to gather and pay their respects around a portrait if the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the April 25 People’s Army House of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. North Korea on Saturday [&hellip...

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Last-minute buyers top off strong shopping season

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

A last-minute shopper leaves the Toys R Us flagship store in New York’s Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. As the clock counts down to Christmas Day, retailers have begun a big push to snare procrastinating shoppers searching frantically for...

In 2012 race, both sides seek middle-class voters

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

President Barack Obama salutes as he steps off of Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting to win over unhappy American voters, President Barack Obama and his...

Gov. Snyder focuses on bottom line during 1st year

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, DEC. 25- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder answers questions during an interview Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Lansing, Mich. Snyder may have added a bit of political polish during his first year in office, but the former businessman at heart remains...

Cuba wraps up dramatic year of economic change

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 photo, student Joan Martinez trains with Maria Regla Saldivar, a 52-year-old black belt in Taekwondo, unseen, in her home in Havana, Cuba. Saldivar says making business decisions for herself has increased her self-esteem, and...

New Air Jordans cause nationwide shopping frenzy

December 25, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Shoppers waiting to buy Nike’s newly released Air Jordan 11 Retro Concords argue outside the Trax shoe store Charlotte, N.C. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. The release of the new basketball shoes caused a frenzy at stores across the nation Friday as scuffles...

With snow scarce, northern US has brown Christmas

December 24, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

In this Dec. 16, 2011, photo, a street-side Christmas display in Chamberlain, S.D., is seen surrounded by brown grass. From New England to the Dakotas and even parts of the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest, snowfall has been well below normal through...

Trump drops Republican Party registration in NY

December 24, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

FILE – In this file photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. A spokesman for Trump said, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, the businessman and television host changed his voter registration in New York state from Republican to...

Cuba pours cold water on eased travel restrictions

December 24, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

Cuba’s President Raul Castro raises his hand to vote for the 2012 budget during a parliamentary meeting in Havana, Cuba, Friday Dec. 23, 2011. Cuba’s parliament is meeting in one of its twice-yearly, private sessions to get an update from Raul...

Fuel pipeline explodes in Colombia, killing 11

December 24, 2011 • BusinessComments Off

People and rescue workers gather at the site of a pipeline explosion in Dos Quebradas, Colombia, Friday Dec. 23, 2011. The explosion killed at least 11 people, injured dozens and destroyed homes. The pipeline, which carries gasoline and diesel, is operated by...