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AP Financial News Summary at 2:46 p.m. EST

December 17, 2006

Medical Spas Now Offer Botox in Malls

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DALLAS (AP) _ Amy Andrade had been thinking about Botox for a while. So when she spotted a spa-like ``cosmedical″ clinic in the upscale Dallas mall she visits about once a month, she was immediately interested. When she learned the clinic was connected with one of Texas’ leading medical institutions, she was sold.

FedEx Hub Is Controlled Holiday Chaos

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Alex Vergos spends his usual workday at FedEx Express in a quiet office in front of a computer. But not this time of year.

FCC Head: Cities Block Cable Competition

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Cable television rates keep going up while prices for other communications services are going down, says the nation’s chief communications regulator, and he blames local governments for blocking competition.

WSJ Starts Stock-Tracking Feature Online

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NEW YORK (AP) _ The Wall Street Journal is launching an online stock market-tracking feature next month as it moves to a smaller size and cuts back on the stock tables in the newspaper.

Strikers Picket 150 Goodyear Stores

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) __ Union members battling Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. took their picket lines to about 150 tire retailers in the U.S. and Canada on Saturday, making their case directly to consumers for health care and retirement benefits.

German Retailers Eye Golden Holidays

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Shopkeepers in Europe’s biggest economy have a grin on their faces _ and not only because Santa is coming to town.

Carmakers Fight Global Warming Lawsuit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ The six largest automakers asked a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by California that accuses them of harming human health and the environment by producing vehicles that contribute to global warming.

Spain Suspends Air Madrid’s License

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MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Spain suspended the flying license of Air Madrid airline Saturday, hours after the troubled carrier announced it was halting operations, leaving thousands of passengers stranded in Spain and abroad.

BP Told to Detail Pipe Replacement Plan

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Federal regulators have ordered oil giant BP PLC to submit more details about its plans for replacing corroded pipelines at Prudhoe Bay, the nation’s largest oil field.

Star Trib Plagiarism Probe Clears Writer

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A Star Tribune editorial page writer who wrote two pieces containing similarities to two commentaries in The New Yorker magazine will return to work after a newspaper review did not find further problems in his work.