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December 29, 2014

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GLOBAL ECONOMY-2015 PREVIEW

WASHINGTON — The United States will likely be an engine of global growth in 2015, extending a steady rebound for an economy that had long struggled to claw back from the Great Recession. The U.S. is expected to grow in 2015 at its fastest pace in a decade even while most other major economies are faltering. Plunging oil prices are a big reason for the optimism. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 1,150 words.

INDONESIA-PLANE-CEO PROFILE

NEW YORK — Tony Fernandes is more than just the CEO of AirAsia: He’s the brash personality and cheerleader-like figure who gives the discount carrier its soul. By Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz. SENT: Monday, 1,180 words, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-PENALTIES

WASHINGTON — The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people as penalties under President Barack Obama’s health care law will double. It’s also the first time the Internal Revenues Service will collect fines, from those who were uninsured in 2014. Waivers are potentially available to many, but some of those exemptions will not be easy to claim. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT:940 words.

BEYOND SOLYNDRA

WASHINGTON — Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, Kansas, a town of roughly 3,900 people that’s the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Barack Obama administration’s backing of unproven green-energy projects. But roughly six years on in Hugoton, and elsewhere, there are signs the program is working. By Henry C. Jackson. SENT: Monday, 850 words, photos.

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