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A California wildfire burned 1,200 acres northwest of Los Angeles and closed a highway

More than 600 firefighters battled the blaze in the Solimar Beach area of Ventura County, and parts of U.S. Highway 101 had been closed, county fire department officials said at a news conference.<p>No injuries have been reported, fire officials said. No structures have been damaged by the fire, but …

Will Ohioans be asked next year to OK $1B to clean up water?

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Backers of spending $1 billion on improving water quality in Ohio think the state's voters would be willing to sign off on the …

The U.S. Is Still No.1 at Selling Arms to the World

The United States remains the world’s preeminent exporter of arms, with more than 50 percent of the global weaponry market controlled by the United …

North Korea

Refugees bring new life to Greek businesses

<b>Lesbos, Greece -</b> Greek authorities say they could end up spending $500m this year trying to contain the refugee crisis, with further revenue losses from declining tourism.<p>The European Union reimburses most of the money Greece spends building and maintaining camps for the tens of thousands of …

Box Office: Will Ferrell And Jennifer Lawrence Thrive Against 'Star Wars,' 'Hateful Eight' Sells Out

There were actually a bunch of new movies opening this Christmas season against <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. And, within reason, most of them did pretty well on Christmas Day, which is incredibly good news for folks like me who are terrified of the notion of the 800lb gorilla stomping out …

Amazon and eBay face crackdown over VAT fraud by overseas sellers

UK Treasury looking at ‘all possible options’ after claim that big online marketplaces collaborate with vendors over tax evasion on popular goods<p>Top tax officials are exploring whether Amazon and eBay can be forced to foot the bill for ballooning VAT fraud associated with an army of small overseas …

Saudi Billionaire Prince Invests In Lyft

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, the investment firm of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said on Thursday it had led a group of …

Oil above $37 as U.S. supply tightens, still near 11-year low

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil edged further above $38 a barrel on Thursday before retreating as it remained within sight of an 11-year low reached this week, as traders put positions in order ahead of an expected week of low liquidity ahead.<p>U.S. crude has gained support from falling inventories, reduced …

Oil

Shoppers queue for Boxing Day sales

Millions of shoppers are expected to spend £3.74bn in the sales, experts have predicted.<p>The BBC's Joe Lynam spoke to shoppers at London's Brent Cross shopping centre where people arrived early to queue for the Boxing Day sales.

Northrop wins $93 million deal to build drone for smaller warships

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) has won a contract worth $93.08 million to build a full-scale demonstrator of a new unmanned spy plane - a flying wing with large counter-rotating propellers - that would take off and land on destroyers and frigates, the Pentagon said on Thursday.<p>…

Aviation

How a Five-Person Team Exposed VW

<i>The staff of Fortune recently assembled the best business moments of 2015. Here’s one of our picks.</i><p>Surely Volkswagen (VLKAY) feared the competition. …

Apple wants Samsung to cough up $180M more in patent dispute

Apple asked Samsung for a very big Christmas present this year: $180 million more in damages stemming from a long-running patent case.<p>Just weeks after Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for infringing iPhone patents and designs, Apple filed papers in court Wednesday claiming its rival owes an …

Patents

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Box Office: A $49M Friday, $440M In Eight Days, $890M Worldwide

The comparison of the moment is <i>Spider-Man</i>. In 2002, the web-slinger’s big-screen debut shocked pundits and prognosticators with a boffo $114 opening weekend. And then, opening as it did at the start of the summer with a couple weeks before the new <i>Star Wars</i> movie would arrive, it did another …