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Companies' data security in question after Sony hack
ATLANTA (AP) -- Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment....

Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also inspired a rare hush across a usually chatty industry as everyone from moguls to makeup artists takes stock of the scandal and how it could affect their jobs....

China's wealth finds home in Washington state
MEDINA, Wash. (AP) -- Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state....

Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'
Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."...

Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city....

US regulators label MetLife as potential financial threat
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. regulators have labeled insurer MetLife as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight....

Judge may toss 4 guilty pleas in inside-trade case
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent appeals court ruling criticizing prosecutors' tactics....

Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday after explaining his drug use and curious business dealings, but not without limits and a promise that he'll remain under heavy scrutiny....

China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals
CHICAGO (AP) -- China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies....

Asia equity rally continues after Fed rate pledge
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit....

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