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at 15:58 on December 21, 2014, EST.

If you're a comedy writer, do you tackle the Sony hacking? Yes, but maybe carefully

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess.

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at 14:33 on December 21, 2014, EST.

WestJet pilots vote in favour of new four-year contract

CALGARY - Pilots at WestJet have accepted a new contract.

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at 12:13 on December 21, 2014, EST.

Obama says US reviewing whether to return North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism

HONOLULU, Hawaii - President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

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at 10:00 on December 21, 2014, EST.

Stocks face final days of 2014 in far better shape; traders look to GDP data

TORONTO - North American stock markets are facing the last few trading sessions of 2014 in better shape than they have been in weeks after suffering steep declines amid a collapse in oil prices, concerns about U.S. interest rate hikes and the after-effects of the end of the Federal Reserve's third round of quantitative easing at the end of October.

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at 08:40 on December 21, 2014, EST.

EU's Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price pain

PARIS - Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season.

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at 08:39 on December 21, 2014, EST.

Saudi petroleum minister tells Arab summit there's no 'conspiracy' behind drop in oil prices

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.

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