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About 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, a pothole-pocked dirt road along the side of a warehouse leads to a solitary oil well, undisturbed by the recent plunge in crude prices.

U.S. stocks gained for a fifth week, with benchmark indexes reaching all-time highs, on signs the U.S. economy is improving and central banks from China to Europe are taking additional stimulus measures.

NEW YORK — Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don't expect them to be as big — or to come with as little heartburn — as before.

Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in coming years.

Kyle Blackmon, the real estate agent who handled the most expensive apartment purchase completed in New York City, has joined Urban Compass Inc. as the latest high-profile hire for the upstart brokerage.

Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV.

China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown.

Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs.

Bond investors are wresting higher yields from landlords in the fledgling business where rental homes are financed by credit markets.

Renters in New York City who file for bankruptcy won’t lose their below-market apartments, thanks to an opinion handed down by the state’s highest court.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks pared gains, as oil futures reversed an advance after benchmark indexes rallied to all-time highs on signs of additional central bank stimulus.

The city by the San Francisco Bay with the United States' fastest-growing rents isn’t San Francisco.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock-index futures rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index poised for a fifth week of gains, amid optimism central banks around the world will do what it takes to support the global economy.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- West Texas Intermediate and Brent crudes rose after China, the world’s second-largest oil- consuming country, cut interest rates to bolster its economy.

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.

Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- European Union lawmakers seeking to combat what they consider anti-competitive behavior by Google Inc. are weighing a call to split up companies that focus on Web search, according to a document prepared by members of the European Parliament.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased the discount on a $1.65 billion loan backing Tibco Software Inc.’s buyout by Vista Equity Partners to attract investors, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Obamacare customers who choose to re-enroll in insurance plans would automatically default to cheaper coverage during sign-up periods, protecting them from price increases, under rules proposed by the U.S. government.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A Target Corp. lawyer told a judge that the company had no legal obligation to banks that claim to have lost tens of millions of dollars after a hack last year on the retailer’s payment processing systems.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Samsung Electronics Co. is seeking to block computer-graphics chips made by Nvidia Corp. from the U.S. market, escalating a battle begun after licensing talks failed.

New York City's Metropolitan Opera says it has ended its 2014 fiscal year with a $22 million shortfall in its budget.

A surprise interest rate cut in China and another hint by the head of the European Central Bank that further stimulus is possible sent stock markets soaring Friday.

The Walt Disney Co. and Shanghai Media Group are expanding their strategic partnership in China.

Russia's foreign minister said Friday that there should be no move to cut global energy production, even as the country's economy takes a hit from falling oil prices.

President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10-year period.

Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.

House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Payrolls rose in 38 states in October and the unemployment rate declined in 34, showing the healing in the labor market is widespread.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Dutch architect Rien de Ruiter describes himself as a survivor after the housing-market bust that cost half of his colleagues their jobs.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- On a crisp Friday evening in late October, Shannon Rich, 33, is standing in a dying American mall. Three customers wander the aisles in a Sears the size of two football fields. The RadioShack is empty. A woman selling smartphone cases watches “Homeland” on a laptop.

The head of the New York Federal Reserve was put on the defensive by Senate Democrats, who accused the Fed of being too close to the big banks it is charged with regulating.

European bank Credit Suisse's guilty plea to helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes has been formalized by a federal judge.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. apparel- focused retailer, cut its annual profit forecast as sales at its namesake brand continue to fall.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Police have had “real, significant, meaningful discussions and conversations” with protesters before a grand-jury decision on indicting a white police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Ireland is lauding President Barack Obama's executive orders granting new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States, saying the reforms will allow thousands of Irish citizens to attend Irish weddings and funerals without fear of being barred from returning to their American lives.

A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official said Friday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister decided Friday to pull back from nuclear talks in Vienna, leaving the future of the negotiations unclear less than four days before the deadline for a deal.

Prosecutors have filed suits against government officials in Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia for staging a vote on secession that had been ordered suspended by the Constitutional Court.

Pakistan's foreign ministry says Indian forces have fired across the border into the Pakistan-administered portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a soldier.

The Yemeni government has ended a mutiny by officers suspected to be loyalists of the country's ousted leader against the top commander of an elite paramilitary unit.

Yemen's culture minister, who was recently honored for her work combatting extremism and discrimination against women, says she is giving her award to Yemen's dwindling Jewish population.

Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of the country's anti-government protests.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Sweden’s new rules forcing homeowners to make bigger mortgage payments are meant to cool the market. They could just as easily make home prices rise.

Mounting an offensive behind his immigration directives, President Barack Obama on Friday insisted House Republicans must take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul but said the system is so unfair that it needs the type of fixes that he initiated on his own.

Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A two-year investigation by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House intelligence panel rejects allegations that the Obama administration intentionally misled the public about the deadly attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.


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