Cuba-U.S. Thaw Could Heat Up Cigar, Rum Sales Fights

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If the Obama administration’s move to normalize ties with Cuba does lead to an end to the U.S. embargo, it could reignite battles over the U.S. rights to sell two of the island’s most prized exports: cigars and rum.

Electric Utilities Brace for New EPA Rules

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations, due Friday, are aimed at the storage of millions of tons of waste ash produced by coal-fired power plants around the country.

Oil Plunge Brings Jitters to Texas City

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Corpus Christi has ridden a rocket of a rebirth in recent years, propelled by a more than 30-fold increase in oil production at the nearby Eagle Ford Shale. But lower oil prices are taking a toll.

DuPont Names Performance Chemicals Spinoff

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DuPont said it plans to name the new public company created by the spinoff of its company’s performance chemicals business the Chemours Co.

RadioShack Marketing Chief Leaves Company

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RadioShack said its head of marketing is leaving the company, the second top level executive departure in the middle of its all-important holiday sales drive, as the electronics chain tries to stave off bankruptcy.

MSG to Consider Further Breakup

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Madison Square Garden, which said in October that it would explore separating its entertainment businesses from its media and sports operations, added Thursday that it would consider breaking up further.

Brazil Panel Ends Petrobras Inquiry

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An eight-month inquiry into alleged malfeasance at Brazilian state-oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA by a special committee in Brazil’s Congress ended Thursday with recommendations that prosecutors indict 52 individuals.

Mexican Drug Cartels Will Challenge Energy Investors

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As Mexico opens its energy sector to private investors, the vicious drug cartels that control parts of northern Mexico pose a hurdle.

CommerceHub Acquires E-Commerce Adviser Mercent

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Liberty Media’s CommerceHub is set to announce Thursday it has agreed to acquire e-commerce advisory firm Mercent as it seeks to broaden its clients’ reach online, particularly through Amazon Inc. and Google Inc.

Falling Oil Prices Don't Give Clean-Energy Stocks the All-Clear

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These are dark days for investors in Big Oil. That doesn’t mean clear skies for investors in clean energy.

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