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Wall St. hits records in broad rally, volume light
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with major indexes hitting records and on track for a second straight weekly advance, though trading was light with many traders still out for the Christmas holiday.
Dow, S&P 500 Hold At Record Levels; GoPro Recovers  Investor's Business Daily
Wall Street: Stocks continue rising in early trading  Buffalo News
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Petrobras Hit with U.S. Class Action Suit Over $98B in Securities
Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and some of its executives were hit with a U.S. class action lawsuit by investors in $98 billion of the company's securities over an alleged kickback and bribery scheme.
US city sues Brazil's Petrobras and its chief  Daily Mail
Brazilian Stocks Fall With Petrobras as Moody's Places Rating on Review  Bloomberg
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Visa, MasterCard stop servicing Crimea after sanctions
Visa and MasterCard, the world's two biggest payment networks, both announced Friday they're stopping services in Crimea, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Visa, MasterCard Halt Crimea Service on Tougher Sanctions  Businessweek
Visa, MasterCard Stop Supporting Bank Cards in Crimea  Fox Business
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Russia empties the vault to prop up the ruble
Russia's central bank is running down its stash of foreign cash to try to stop its currency from plunging and contain the crisis threatening its economy.
UPDATE 5-Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds  Reuters
Putin cancels Christmas for MPs as finance minister warns over growth and ...  Telegraph.co.uk
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Pumped! Missouri gas price drops below $2 a gallon
Missouri is the first state in five years to have its statewide gas price average drop below $2 per gallon, according to AAA. The average price in the Show Me State stood on Friday at $1.98 per gallon, $1.02 per gallon less than the statewide average one year ...
Gas prices slide under $2 per gallon  Fenton Tri County Times
Gas prices fall below $2 at some York County locations  Lake Wylie Pilot
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5 facts about Amazon's holiday season
More than 10 million people tested out Amazon.com's Prime membership for the first time this holiday season, according to the e-commerce behemoth.
Amazon's 2014 Holiday Sees Mobile Shopping Approach 60% Of Total Volume  TechCrunch
Amazon says 10 mln new members try Prime this holiday season  Reuters
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McDonald's to end fry rationing in Japan
McDonald's customers in Japan have something extra to look forward to in the new year: The end of the french fry ration. Starting January 5, all sizes of the crispy side will be back on the menu in Japan.
Japan's great McDonald's french fry shortage of 2014 will be over soon  Washington Post (blog)
McDonald's Japan resolves french fries pickle  CBS News
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Son's Christmas gift leaves parents in tears
In a video sure to make many rethink the gifts they gave their parents this holiday season, a son handed his mother and father a present that made them weep: A note letting them know he'd paid off their mortgage.
See parents heartwarming reaction to son's incredible Christmas gift (VIDEO)  Q13 FOX
Watch: Son Gives His Parents The Ultimate Christmas Present (Video)  Opposing Views
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Big discounts, crowds, return fraud expected with post-Christmas sales
Retailers are girding themselves for the second busiest shopping day of the year, but the day after Christmas is also known for something less beneficial to the bottom line: hordes of returns.
Holiday Earnings Mixed: Cyber Sales Up, Retailers Miss Mark  Small Business Trends
Shoppers head back to area stores for returns, exchanges and post-Christmas ...  whnt.com
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Penny Parking Thriving in Small Illinois Town
SYCAMORE, Ill. - Mike Stolarski didn't need but a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee. But, being in a generous mood, he fed a parking meter enough for whoever pulled into his soon-to-be-empty parking spot.
Penny parking thriving in Sycamore  WREX-TV
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