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Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release....

Hundreds of theaters begin screening 'The Interview'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event....

Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc....

Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls
DETROIT (AP) -- When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships....

Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC
TOKYO (AP) -- Citigroup has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., the companies said Thursday....

Russia's Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis....

MF Global Holdings to pay $1.21B in restitution
MF Global Holdings Ltd. must pay $1.21 billion to reimburse customers for losses sustained when the brokerage firm failed in 2011....

More 'Help Wanted' signs up at small businesses
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners....

Unions make push to recruit protected immigrants
CHICAGO (AP) -- Unions across the U.S. are reaching out to immigrants affected by President Barack Obama's recent executive action, hoping to expand their dwindling ranks by recruiting millions of workers who entered the U.S. illegally....

Applications for US jobless aid fall to 7-week low
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving....

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