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Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.


CYBER MONDAY Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 840 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated throughout the day, photos.

CHINA-IMF-CURRENCY-NEWS GUIDE The addition of China's yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro. Why it matters. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 770 words.

With: CHINA-IMF-CURRENCY The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies, joining the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound. By Josh Boak. SENT: 300 words.

ANCIENT SMARTPHONES Between tempting upgrade offers and constant software updates that slow everything down, you'd think everyone buys a new smartphone every two years. Not so, and we've met the holdouts; this is their story. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 1,090 words, photo, video:

TWELVE DAYS-COST The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index. By Joe Mandak. SENT: 470 words, photo.


PENDING HOME SALES Slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in October, in a modest rebound that suggests the real estate market has crested. By Josh Boak. SENT: 370 words, photo.

FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks are marginally lower as traders return from the Thanksgiving holiday. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 520 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

FED-CRISIS LENDING Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 430 words.


FORD-UAW CONTRACT Ford says it will book a $600 million fourth-quarter expense mainly for signing bonuses paid to union workers under a new four-year contract. By Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher. SENT: 400 words, photo.

SODIUM ON MENUS New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes. By Jake Pearson and Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 470 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

SECOND-GUESSING GIVERS To give is to gain a heap of grief if you're a mega-rich donor these days. Scorn for the rich and powerful isn't new, but experts who track philanthropy say the spate of indignation this year makes sense when even academics and presidential candidates rail against the privileges of the so-called 1 percent. By Michael Hill SENT: 920 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-GET STARTED The pros and cons of giving holiday gifts to employees and getting gifts from them. By Joyce Rosenberg. SENT: 350 words.


APPLE MUSIC SONOS Apple is adding a missing element to its streaming music service by making it possible for home listeners to send tunes from Apple Music to WiFi-enabled speakers made by Sonos. By Brandon Bailey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

SELF-DRIVING CARS-THE HUMANS New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. By Justin Pritchard. SENT: 850 words, photos.

AMAZON-DRONES Amazon is giving new details on its Prime Air drone delivery program, but the timeline for implementation is still unclear. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

DAILY FANTASY SPORTS As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports like Yahoo and CBS are taking different approaches to how they operate as their new industry faces increased scrutiny. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 730 words, photo.

CELLPHONE-ENGLISH LESSONS A unique pilot program offered by New York state that works through phone calls and text messages to teach English to immigrants. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 630 words, photos.


AFRICA-CHINA Some immigration signs at Zimbabwe's main international airport are in Chinese, a sign of China's deep economic inroads in Africa, which Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit this week for security and trade talks. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 610 words, photos.

JAPAN-ECONOMY Japan's central bank governor and other officials are stepping up appeals to cash-rich corporations to do more to boost the country's faltering economic recovery. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 510 words, photo.

GREECE-BAILOUT Greece says it hopes creditors will start talks on debt relief quickly as soon as they have completed their first review of the country's bailout reforms to dispel uncertainty and help the battered economy. SENT: 270 words, photos.

SKOREA-CHINA-TRADE South Korea's parliament approves a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secure a $1.4 billion relief package for farmers. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 310 words.


CENTERPIECE U.S. auto sales are approaching record levels, but signs point to tougher conditions down the road. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.

COMPANY SPOTLIGHT Office Depot shares fall on reports that regulators are preparing to block its deal with fellow office supply company Staples. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


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