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In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

Bob Evans beats 2Q profit forecasts

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (AP) - Bob Evans Farms Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income that topped expectations although its revenue came in shy of Wall Street forecasts.

In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jurors in a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc. on Tuesday saw emails from late CEO Steve Jobs and his top lieutenants that show Jobs was determined to keep Apple's popular iPod music players free from songs that were sold by competing online stores.

Bill would aid Atlantic City, casinos on taxes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's eight surviving casinos would get a break on taxes and the city would get help making up for lost revenue under a rescue plan unveiled by two New Jersey state senators.

Wal-Mart denies stalling in Tracy Morgan lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart has denied claims by lawyers for actor-comedian Tracy Morgan that the company is stalling a federal lawsuit over a fatal highway crash in New Jersey last summer.

Things to know on Chicago's new $13 minimum wage

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's minimum-wage workers will earn $13 an hour by 2019 under a plan the City Council approved overwhelmingly on Tuesday. Pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the change makes the nation's third-largest city the latest to raise its rate. Still, opponents worry about the impact on business.

GOP seeks year-end plan on funding, immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Year-end holidays beckoning, House Republicans struggled Tuesday to coalesce behind a plan that avoids a government shutdown next week and simultaneously challenges President Barack Obama's decision to spare millions of immigrants from deportation.

GOP seeks year-end plan on funding, immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Year-end holidays beckoning, House Republicans struggled Tuesday to coalesce behind a plan that avoids a government shutdown next week and simultaneously challenges President Barack Obama's decision to spare millions of immigrants from deportation.

Top selling new vehicles in the US in November

Automakers reported new car and truck sales for November on Tuesday. Sales were up 5 percent over last November to 1.3 million. Here are the top sellers, the number of vehicles sold and the percent change from November 2013.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

Energy companies lead the U.S. stock market to a higher close on Tuesday. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

Things to know on Chicago's new $13 minimum wage

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's minimum-wage workers will earn $13 an hour by 2019 under a plan the City Council approved overwhelmingly on Tuesday. Pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the change makes the nation's third-largest city the latest to raise its rate. Still, opponents worry about the impact on business.

American Indian groups argue over settlement money

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than $380 million in government dollars left over from a federal discrimination settlement with American Indians is in limbo amid disagreements over how the money should be spent.

FDA advisers mull lifting ban on gay blood donors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure against the policy from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks.

FDA advisers mull lifting ban on gay blood donors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government health advisers have concerns about lifting a nationwide ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, despite growing pressure against the policy from gay rights advocates, medical experts and blood banks.

Greek premier: Deeper austerity demand rejected

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's conservative government rejected demands by rescue lenders for deeper austerity measures, the prime minister said late Tuesday, describing calls for further cuts as "catastrophic" for the country's chances for recovery.

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

Bill would aid Atlantic City, casinos on taxes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's eight surviving casinos would get a break on taxes and the city would get help making up for lost revenue under a rescue plan unveiled by two New Jersey state senators.

Fires involving lithium batteries on planes

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous in consumer goods from laptops to cellphones. They can overheat if damaged, defective or packaged improperly, leading to fires and explosions and making them a worry for shipment aboard aircraft.

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Nov. 24 to Sunday Nov. 30 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 30 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

$2.3B sale of California buildings heads to trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawsuit that aims to force California officials to sell 11 state properties to private investors for $2.3 billion and then have the state lease them back is set for trial Tuesday.

MasterCard boosts dividend 45 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - MasterCard will boost its quarterly dividend by 45 percent and announced Tuesday a plan to buy back up to $3.75 billion of its own stock.

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic government tests results are raising concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried in passenger airplanes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

Santa likely to bring kids iPads over bikes, stuffed animals this Christmas

The National Retail Federation asked parents what they're buying this year for their children. High tech gadgets edged out more traditional gifts, while some favorites remain on kids' wishlists for Christmas 2014.

These are the top toys parents are buying for their sons this year (by percentage of survey respondants):

#1 LEGO 14.2%

#2...

Marijuana dining still on shaky legal ground

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana's skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.

MasterCard boosts dividend 45 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - MasterCard says it will boost its quarterly dividend more than 45 percent and approved a plan to buy back up to $3.75 billion of its own stock.

Rolling along: RV industry maintains momentum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.

Bill would aid Atlantic City, casinos on taxes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's eight surviving casinos would get a break on taxes and the city would get help making up for lost revenue under a rescue plan unveiled by two New Jersey lawmakers.

Rolling along: RV industry maintains momentum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes could soon rise to levels seen before the economic downturn.

New Swedish government faces crisis over budget

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A Swedish far-right party that made strong gains in the September election said Tuesday it won't vote for the left-leaning government's budget proposal, likely forcing the collapse of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's minority government.

New Swedish government faces crisis over budget

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - A Swedish far-right party that made strong gains in the September election says it won't vote for the minority government's budget, likely forcing the collapse of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's minority government.

$2.3B sale of California buildings heads to trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawsuit that aims to force California officials to sell 11 state properties to private investors for $2.3 billion and then have the state lease them back is set for trial Tuesday.

Automakers expand passenger air bag recalls

DETROIT (AP) - Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.

Automakers expand passenger air bag recalls

DETROIT (AP) - Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.

$2.3B sale of California buildings heads to trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A lawsuit that aims to force California officials to sell 11 state properties to private investors for $2.3 billion and then have the state lease them back is set for trial Tuesday.

Chrysler US sales up 20 percent in November

DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler says its sales last month rose 20 percent, a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales sharply higher in November.

Greece's Tsipras wants debt from bailout cut

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The leader of Greece's popular left-wing opposition says he will demand a reduction in the country's debt from its bailout, if his party comes to power in a possible snap election early next year.

American Indian groups argue over settlement money

WASHINGTON (AP) - American Indian groups are fighting a plan to create a new charitable foundation with more than $380 million in federal money left over from a 2011 government discrimination settlement.

Top German court blocks hacker's extradition to US

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's top court has blocked the extradition to the United States of a Turkish man accused of stealing almost $60 million in a series of hacking raids against credit card companies.

Blackstone selling IndCor Properties for $8.1B

NEW YORK (AP) - The Blackstone Group has cancelled an initial public offering for IndCor Properties and will instead sell the industrial real estate company to Singapore's sovereign wealth fund for $8.1 billion.

FBI looking into hack of Sony Pictures' computers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Turkey, Russia look to shake up gas market

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey and Russia are looking to shake up the energy market in southeastern Europe, after Moscow scrapped a multibillion dollar pipeline project that was to cross the region and instead sought to create a link to Turkey.

Otsuka to buy US drugmaker Avanir for $3.5B

Otsuka Pharmaceutical says it will spend $3.5 billion in cash to buy Avanir Pharmaceuticals in a deal that expands the Japanese drugmaker's neurologic disease treatment portfolio.

Turkey to weigh Russian natural gas link plan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's energy minister says his country will weigh a Russian proposal to set up a new natural gas link to Turkey and the possible creation of gas hub on its border with Greece.

Russia warns of recession next year

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian government has for the first time acknowledged that the country will fall into recession next year, battered by the combination of Western sanctions and a plunge in the price of its oil exports.

Iraqi and Kurdish governments agree to oil deal

BAGHDAD (AP) - The Iraqi federal government and the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq have reached an agreement Thursday over longstanding oil and budget disputes that for months have created a rift.

Official: India nears deal for French fighter jets

NEW DELHI (AP) - India is close to an agreement to buy Rafale fighter planes from France, an Indian defense spokesman said Tuesday. The 12 billion euros ($15 billion) deal for 126 of the jets would be France's first foreign sale of the combat-tested planes.

Taiwan leader quitting as party chief after polls

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party said Tuesday that President Ma Ying-jeou would step down as party chairman following stiff defeats in local elections over the weekend that cast a shadow over his pro-China policies.

Official: India nears deal for French fighter jets

NEW DELHI (AP) - An Indian defense spokesman says India is close to finalizing a deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter planes for about 12 billion euros ($15 billion). It would be France's first foreign sale of the combat-tested planes.

As Japan campaign opens, a look at what's at stake

TOKYO (AP) - Hundreds of candidates fanned out across Japan on Tuesday, the first official day of campaigning for a national election that could give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a mandate for four more years.

Koreans shop online during Thanksgiving holidays

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea does not celebrate Thanksgiving, but the hot deals at U.S. online retailers during the holiday season are changing the shopping habits of South Koreans who are aggrieved at marked-up prices of locally made and imported goods at hometown stores.

House GOP preparing vote on tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Struggling to reach a long-term agreement, House Republicans plan to vote on a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.

As Japan campaign opens, a look at what's a stake

TOKYO (AP) - Hundreds of candidates are fanning out across Japan on the first official day of campaigning for a national election that could give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) a mandate for four more years.

Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'My fault'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposal in Ohio would allow doctors to acknowledge fault for a mistake to patients or their relatives without fear of the admission being used later in malpractice lawsuits.

Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'My fault'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Doctors talking privately to patients or families after a medical mishap could acknowledge responsibility or even admit a mistake without that conversation being used against them later in court, according to a proposal in the Ohio General Assembly pushed by physicians.

China's carbon goal a tough sell in coal country

TANG COUNTY, China (AP) - The black slabs of coal came in by the truckload through this dusty valley in northern China, slated to power cement and steel plants, heat the houses of poor farmers and even grill skewers of lamb and beef.

Police chief's stolen mailbox exposes family feud

HONOLULU (AP) - The theft of the Honolulu police chief's mailbox not only brought allegations of undue influence after a crack police squad made an arrest, but also exposed a messy family financial dispute.

House passes rules for big banks in bankruptcy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation laying out rules for big failing banks that enter bankruptcy proceedings has advanced in Congress as lawmakers still grapple with the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Penn State trustees get access to Freeh documents

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Nine Penn State trustees elected by alumni are getting access to documents used to create a 2012 report about how top university administrators handled sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship

TRACY, California (AP) - A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping.

Royal Caribbean joins S&P 500

NEW YORK (AP) - S&P Dow Jones Indices says that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. will soon be joining the S&P 500 index.

Regulators investigating child car seat recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.

FBI looking into hack of Sony Pictures' computers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Aetna names Karen Rohan president

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Aetna is naming Karen Rohan as its new president, taking over from Mark Bertolini, who will remain chairman and CEO.

Ohio regulators say power plant goals unachievable

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State regulators told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday that new federal goals for reducing mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants are unachievable, costly and based on flawed assumptions.

Taj Mahal casino closes hotel tower, ends credit

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Trump Entertainment Resorts says it is closing its newest hotel tower and is no longer issuing credit as it prepares for a Dec. 12 shutdown of the Taj Mahal, its lone remaining casino.

Clear out of Silicon Valley homeless camp coming

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Shouting and banging on doors, city officials in Silicon Valley stapled and taped notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning more than 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming.

Iran minister: Currency market to stabilize

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's finance minister on Monday predicted the country's currency market will stabilize soon after recent fluctuations, the official IRNA news agency reported.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Monday

U.S. stock indexes fell Monday following more signs of weakness in China and disappointing retail sales over the Thanksgiving holiday. Industrial and retail stocks had some of the biggest losses.

Rates rise at weekly US Treasury bill auction

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction with rates on three-month bills climbing to their highest level since August and six-month rates reaching their highest level since March.

Clear out of large San Jose homeless camp coming

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose city officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming.

Son convicted of looting Brooke Astor's money dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Marshall, whose aristocratic life as philanthropist Brooke Astor's only child unraveled as he was convicted of raiding her fortune, has died, his lawyer said Monday. Marshall was 90.

NTSB points to battery defect in Boeing 787 fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - A short circuit likely due to a manufacturing defect in a Boeing 787 airliner battery caused a fire last year that grounded the planes for more than three months, federal accident investigators said Monday.

Feds: Mercedes violated labor law at Alabama plant

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.

NTSB points to battery defect in Boeing 787 fire

WASHINGTON (AP) - A report by federal accident investigators points to a manufacturing defect as the likely cause of an internal short circuit that led to a battery fire in a Boeing 787 airliner parked at Boston's airport last year.

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

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