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Air fares seen dipping thanks to oil slump 


(AP) — Flying could get cheaper next year as airlines say they will finally start passing on some of the savings made on plummeting oil prices.

Morgan Stanley paying $4M to settle SEC charges

(AP) — Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $4 million to settle federal charges of failing to prevent the unauthorized purchase of $525 million in Apple stock by one of its customers.

NY man fined for calling boss a foreign spy

(AP) — An electrical engineer for a defense contractor was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 180 hours of community service for falsely accusing his boss of spying for another country.

Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools 


(AP) — Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.

Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled 


(AP) — A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government opened to mixed reviews Wednesday, with conservatives unhappy that it fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy while many Democrats are displeased because it weakens the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulation of risky financial instruments.

FAA issues commercial drone permits to 4 companies 


(AP) — Under pressure from Congress to speed access to U.S. skies for commercial drones, the government granted four companies permission Wednesday to use drones for aerial surveillance, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.

Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

(AP) —€” It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.

Citigroup to take $3.5 billion charge this quarter 


(AP) — Citigroup said Tuesday that it will incur charges of $3.5 billion in the fourth quarter to cover legal and restructuring costs.

Fox announces global premiere for series

(AP) — Fox says it will premiere its psychological thriller "Wayward Pines" next May 14 simultaneously in more than 125 countries, including the United States.

Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks 


(AP) — The Supreme Court says warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.