Yes, Virginia, There Is a Stock Rally

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Ahead of the Tape: December’s ‘Santa Claus rally’ appears to have gotten better with age, as the past five years have seen the S&P 500 gain nearly 2.5% on average during the month.

British Airways' Parent Saves on Plumbing

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Tired of flushing money away, British Airways parent IAG has sought to cut costs in unusual places, like its lavatories.

Cox Communications Sued by Music Publishers

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Two music publishers are suing Cox Communications, saying the cable company is deliberately turning a blind eye to illegal downloading by its broadband subscribers.

Peruvian Potatoes Pack a Peck of Problems

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A team of agricultural specialists and customs officers are manning their posts at JFK airport, making use of floppy-eared beagles to sniff out contraband, and a massive industrial grinder to destroy it.

AT&T Backtracks on Threat to Halt Fiber Rollout

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AT&T backpedaled from a threat to freeze the rollout of its ultrafast Internet service because of uncertainty around the government’s net-neutrality rules.

Coke, SABMiller Strike Africa Deal

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Coca-Cola and SABMiller have struck a new multimillion-dollar brand and bottling deal as the companies, two of the world’s biggest drinks makers, eye a bigger share of the African beverage market.

Central Banks Are Pressed to Revisit the Golden Age

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The financial crisis and its aftermath have revived interest in gold as a monetary policy instrument, especially in Europe, where central banks face public pressure to buy gold or bring back home what they hold overseas.

EU Poised to Approve Lower-Cost Rockets

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European politicians are poised to approve a new generation of lower-cost rockets, partly in response to competition from U.S. launch providers, government and aerospace-industry officials say.

EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Standard

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The EPA proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far-reaching federal pollution restrictions.

CD Yields Holding the Line

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Yields on certificates of deposit were unchanged in the latest week.

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