Shell Signs Preliminary Iran Oil Deal Despite Trump Doubts

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Shell said it had signed an agreement with Iran’s state oil company to explore future projects, signaling that giant energy companies are unlikely to be deterred by President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to undo the Iran nuclear deal.

Glencore Explores Its Limits in Russian Oil Patch

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Resurgent Glencore’s role in a $13 billion deal for a stake in Rosneft gives the commodities giant fresh oil to play with.

E-Cigarettes Pose 'Major' Risks, Surgeon General's Report Warns

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The U.S. Surgeon General called surging e-cigarette use by children and young adults “a major public health concern” and recommended increased regulation and taxation of the products in a report set to be released Thursday.

AT&T Faces Heat Over Time Warner Deal

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The CEOs of AT&T and Time Warner defended their proposed $85 billion merger to lawmakers, trying to navigate a tricky political landscape in which President-elect Donald Trump has expressed hostility to the deal.

Number of 2016 Holiday Fliers on U.S. Airlines Expected to Rise 3.5%

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About 45.2 million passengers are expected to fly globally on U.S. airlines during the 21-day holiday period from Dec. 16 through Jan. 5, up 3.5% from the same period in 2015, according to the leading airline trade group.

Hearst to Launch The Pioneer Woman Magazine

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Ree Drummond, the food blogger who has translated her life on a ranch in Pawhuska, Okla. into a mini-empire of books, housewares products and a Food Network cooking show, is hitting the newsstands next year.

Strong Dollar Has Companies Counting the Cost---And Opportunities

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The dollar is on a tear, and that is shaping corporate strategy on both sides of the Atlantic. U.S. exporters are bracing for tough times. For European exporters, by contrast, the dollar’s strength has created opportunity.

Rust-Belt Debt Hangs Around Beijing's Neck

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Good times won’t last in China’s worst-off, old-economy provinces dominated by steel and coal.

SoftBank Chief's Trump Meeting Fuels Hopes of Megadeal

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Shares of Japanese telecom giant SoftBank rose 6.2% after CEO Masayoshi Son met Donald Trump, reviving hopes for a megadeal in the U.S.

Microsoft and Qualcomm Team Up on Tablets

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Microsoft is working with Qualcomm to spawn a new breed of tablets and notebooks that promise to diversify the software giant’s technology base and give the chip maker access to new markets.

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