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Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation - if all the pieces fall into place....

It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat
NEW YORK (AP) -- Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers....

Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits
DETROIT (AP) -- Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past....

Maduro replaces Venezuela's longtime oil chief
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro has replaced the Venezuela's longtime oil minister and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for much-needed reforms to address the country's economic crisis....

In light of celebrity hacks, how to protect data
NEW YORK (AP) -- The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet....

Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services....

Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Atlantic City's newest casino - and its biggest, costliest flop - went out with barely a whimper....

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach
NEW YORK (AP) -- Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach....

Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points....

Asian stock markets rise as dollar gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region....

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