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Protesters opposed to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted an oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, chanting and waving signs as government officials read bids from companies for the right to explore and develop fossil fuels offshore.
 
A Dutch-based startup that aims to get readers to make "micropayments" for individual news articles launched in the U.S. market Wednesday with a handful of high-profile media partners.
 
Starwood signed a deal on Saturday to renovate and run three Cuban hotels, returning U.S. chains to the island more than 50 years after American hotels were taken over by Fidel Castro's socialist revolution.
 
Bargains abound in Palm Beach's upscale consignment shops
On the sunny island of Palm Beach, black-tie galas are common, Sunday brunch is US$100 and a beachside hotel room can cost more than US$2,000 a night in high season. But there are bargains to be found. The snowbird's paradise has a thriving high-end consignment market for designer and often barely worn castoffs.
 
Tribune Publishing announced Thursday it won a bankruptcy auction for the Orange County Register, giving the Los Angeles Times owner a dominant position in newspapers for Southern California.
 
The Federal Reserve is keeping a key interest rate unchanged in light of global pressures that risk slowing the U.S. economy.
 
Startup Fove makes virtual reality intuitive with eye-tracking technology
No more fiddling with remote-controller buttons or a mouse. Just look. San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed eye-tracking for virtual reality -- that kernel of technology many feel is key for the illusion of becoming immersed in a setting.
 
Emerging market currencies soared Thursday with the South Korean won rising at its sharpest rate in four years after the Federal Reserve lowered its forecasts for U.S. interest rate hikes this year.
 
More cars banned in Mexico City after city issues first pollution alert in 14 years
More cars were ordered off Mexico City's streets on Wednesday after a surge in pollution prompted authorities to issue the first air quality alert in 14 years.
 
The U.S. dollar rose against its major peers on Wednesday as attention turns to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting hoping for some forward guidance.
 
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