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January 4, 2018

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher today, with Japan leading an advance in Asia. Share prices fell in South Korea despite signs tensions with its rival North Korea may be easing. U.S. shares are also set for gains with Dow futures up 0.3 percent at 24,939. S&P 500 futures added 0.1 percent to 2,713.20.

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude rose 26 cents to $61.89 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It added $1.26, or 2.1 percent, to $61.63 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude picked up 14 cents to $67.98 a barrel in London. The dollar rose to 112.64 yen from 112.36 yen.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. says it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with U.S.-based technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc. The South Korean company says that in three years, Hyundai and Aurora will bring autonomous vehicles to markets that can operate without human input in most conditions.

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has again fallen short of production goals for its new Model 3 sedan while exceeding its overall sales targets. All eyes are on the Model 3, which is Tesla’s first lower-cost, high-volume car and is crucial to its goal of becoming a profitable, mainstream automaker.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Security researchers at Google say they’ve discovered serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers. Google’s Project Zero team says the flaw could allow bad actors to gather passwords and other sensitive data from a system’s memory. Intel says it’s working to patch it.

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