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Weather service to boost its computer power for forecasting

(AP) — The National Weather Service is about to boost its computing power by more than tenfold, which officials hope will translate to better forecasts.

Morgan Stanley says employee stole client data

(AP) — Morgan Stanley says an employee in its wealth management business stole data from about 900 clients and posted it on the Internet.

The price of US oil dips briefly below $50

(AP) — The price of oil briefly dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than five years Monday as evidence mounted that the world will be oversupplied with oil this year.

Carmakers finish strong in 2014, are even better days ahead

(AP) — Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.

Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES

(AP) — Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

A muddled finish for stocks on first trading day

(AP) — U.S. stocks are starting off the New Year with mixed results.

McDonald's campaign looks to rekindle 'lovin'

(AP) — McDonald's wants to bring back that loving feeling.

Fast-food resolution: Transform junk food image

(AP) — Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk.

Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument

(AP) — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.

Legal weed states have lessons to share

(AP) — Don't worry about a federal lawsuit. But do worry about tax rates. Those are among the many lessons Colorado and Washington have to share from the front lines of America's marijuana experiment.