Among the stories Wednesday from The Associated Press:

Among the stories Wednesday from The Associated Press:


FEDERAL RESERVE-YELLEN Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks about the economic outlook to the Economic Club of Washington. Her talk comes two weeks before the Fed's next meeting, when it is expected to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 130 words after embargo on prepared remarks lifts at 12:25 p.m. 300 words by 1 p.m.


FED-BEIGE BOOK The Federal Reserve releases its latest 'Beige Book' survey of economic conditions. The Beige Book is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered along with other data when Fed policymakers meet later this month. By Christopher S. Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of survey at 2 p.m. 350 words by 2:45 p.m.

ZUCKERBERG-PHILANTHROPY Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife say they'll devote nearly all their wealth roughly $45 billion to solving the world's problems in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max. By Brandon Bailey. SENT: 760 words, photo.

With: WEALTHIEST DONORS-GLANCE A look at the donations of at least $1 billion announced during the past decade, as tracked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. SENT: 360 words.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CYBER MONDAY Sales numbers are coming on what is expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.


ADP-EMPLOYMENT American businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by strong gains in retail, finance and other service industries, a private survey finds. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 310 words, photo.

PRODUCTIVITY U.S. productivity this summer grew at a faster rate than first thought, though it still lagged the pace set in the spring. Labor costs were also revised up, but the modest upward pace does not raise concerns about inflation. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 360 words.

FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks are opening mostly lower, led by declines in energy stocks as the price of oil fell. SENT: 150 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.


FOOD AND FARM-MAINE SEAWEED Maine's seaweed harvest is booming amid a surge in popularity of the stuff for medicine, food and even crafts. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.

CABELA'S-SALE Cabela's, the outdoor sporting goods chain known for its elaborate store layouts, may be seeking a buyer. SENT: 220 words, photo.

GULF OIL SPILL-HEARING Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges against two BP supervisors worked on the rig where 11 workers died in a 2010 explosion. SENT: 260 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

VENEZUELA-HEINZ Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is threatening to jail local managers of Kraft Heinz for economic sabotage. SENT: 140 words.

THAILAND-AVIATION SAFETY Thai officials acknowledge weaknesses that caused the United States to downgrade the safety rating of the country's aviation industry, saying its growth outpaced the ability of regulators to keep up. By Nattasuda Anusonadisai. SENT: 580 words.


YAHOO-STOCK Shares of Yahoo are up sharply before the opening bell on a report that the company will discuss the sale of its Internet business. SENT: 160 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

DIGITAL LIFE-BEER-BREWING MACHINE-REVIEW PicoBrew promises to eradicate some of the hassles in brewing beer at home. It saves time, but it still doesn't automate everything. By Ryan Nakashima. UPCOMING: 900 words at 10:30 a.m., photos.

PETS-HIGH TECH HOLIDAY Heather Hill and her husband found their pot of gold in cat poop. Sales of a litter box that automatically cleans itself have been on the move at their store for years, growing nearly 400 percent just in the last couple and changing December from the slowest time of year for them to the busiest. By Sue Manning. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon, photos.


NKOREA-TRAVEL RISKS Thinking of taking an exotic vacation to North Korea? Watch what you bring and do and say. As North Korea makes a push to woo tourists, it is also stepping up its enforcement of strict but sometimes ambiguously implemented regulations governing tourists. By Eric Talmadge. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

EUROPE-ECONOMY As if the European Central Bank needed any more incentive to inject another dose of stimulus into the 19-country eurozone economy, official figures show inflation in the region remains worryingly low. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 530 words, photo.

SPAIN-ECONOMY The number of Spanish people registered as unemployed falls by 27,071 in November, the biggest drop on record for that month and welcome news for the conservative government ahead of Dec. 20 general elections. SENT: 140 words.

AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY The threat of recession in Australia recedes with new data showing the economy gathered pace in the most recent quarter as mining exports grew. SENT: 280 words.