December 21st, 2014

Business

EU’s Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price pain

By Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press on December 21st, 2014

PARIS – Russia’s tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps – and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers, taxi drivers and ski stations in France’s wintertime hotspots and beyond say a tourism boom by big-spending Russians in recent years ... Read More »

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Saudi petroleum minister says there is no conspiracy behind drop in oil prices

By Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press on December 21st, 2014

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia’s oil chief says that allegations the kingdom conspired to bring oil prices down to harm its neighbours are false. Petroleum Minister Ali Naimi said at an oil summit in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday that “the best thing for everybody is to let the most efficient ... Read More »

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Sony cyberattack gets muted coverage in Japanese media

By Tomoko A. Hosaka, The Associated Press on December 20th, 2014

Japan’s biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn’t about hacking. It was about the company’s struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American journalists have ... Read More »

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North Korea proposes joint investigation with US over Sony hacking

By The Associated Press on December 20th, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the ... Read More »

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CNRL oilsands well breach fouls aquifer east of Edmonton, well shut down

By The Canadian Press on December 19th, 2014

BONNYVILLE, Alta. – A breach at a Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. oilsands operation east of Edmonton has fouled a groundwater aquifer in the area. The Alberta Energy Regulator says CNRL (TSX:CNQ) reported a break in a well at its Wolf Lake high pressure cyclic steam stimulation project in late October. The regulator says since then ... Read More »

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4,400 people file adoption papers for dogs seen on first ever Fox Dog-A-Thon for rescue dogs

By Sue Manning, The Associated Press on December 19th, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – More than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon, producers say. “If only half of those result in adoptions, that would be huge,” director Michael Levitt said. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour ... Read More »

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Would Obama consider Republican Keystone bill? ‘I’ll see what they do,’ he says

By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press on December 19th, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama spent five minutes disparaging the potential benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline Friday. He then kept it alive with five words. At a wide-ranging year-end news conference Friday, Obama maintained his recent pattern of expressed skepticism about the project: He played down its job potential, said it wouldn’t lower ... Read More »

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Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign

By Paul Elias, The Associated Press on December 19th, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a lower court to determine how much Paul Watson and members ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Sony defends decision to shelve ‘The Interview.’

By The Canadian Press on December 19th, 2014

LOS ANGELES, – Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve ‘The Interview,’ says “We had no choice.” More to come... Read More »

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Staples says 1.2 million customer cards may have been exposed in security breach

By The Associated Press on December 19th, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The office supply retailer said in October that it was looking into a potential credit card breach, adding to a long list of retailers recently hit by cyberattacks. Staples said Friday that ... Read More »

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