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Jan 24, 2015

Honda to use air bags from Takata competitor in new Accord

Honda Motor Co. has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata Corp. to supply air bags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker’s best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision said. In the first major defection by a ...

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Jan 24, 2015

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it’s a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at ...

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

| Jan 24, 2015

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s closely watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s ...

Quirky in-flight magazine files for bankruptcy

Jan 24, 2015

Quirky in-flight magazine files for bankruptcy

AP —Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. The quirky in-flight shopping catalog has been a mainstay on airlines since 1989. Passengers with nowhere to go would pull it from the seatback ...

Jan 24, 2015

U.S. home sales rose in December

More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 ...

Death of Saudi king unsettles oil market; prices waver

Jan 24, 2015

Death of Saudi king unsettles oil market; prices waver

Oil prices rose initially on news of the death of Saudi Arabia’s powerful King Abdullah, but the increase was moderate and short-lived. The king’s death is unlikely to lead to a change in the kingdom’s immense crude production or change the course of oil ...

Jan 23, 2015

Sony's third-quarter results delayed by November cyberattack

Sony Corp. said Friday that it won’t be able to issue its financial results for the October-December quarter because of the damage caused by last year’s massive cyberattack on movie studio Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Sony nonetheless plans to update shareholders and others on ...

| Jan 23, 2015

Nikkei rises more 1% on ECB monetary easing

Stocks gained ground on Friday, boosted by purchases after the European Central Bank’s decision to introduce quantitative monetary easing. The Nikkei 225 average advanced 182.73 points, or 1.05 percent, to end at 17,511.75, adding to the 48.54 points gained Thursday. The Topix closed 13.79 ...

Jan 23, 2015

SoftBank to merge four telecom units in April

SoftBank Corp. said Friday it will merge its four domestic telecommunications subsidiaries next April to improve business efficiency and competitiveness. The telecoms and Internet giant will integrate its operations under the surviving SoftBank Mobile Corp. starting April 1. The SoftBank board approved the structural ...