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Big questions for markets for 2015

- Wall Street was generally calmer in 2014 than in previous years, but that doesn't mean the stock market was devoid of drama.

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Women's apparel, dining drive U.S. holiday sales: MasterCard

- U.S. retail sales rose 5.5 percent from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve as solid demand for women's apparel, jewelry and casual dining offset surprisingly sluggish sales of electronics, MasterCard said in its holiday spending report.

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Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

MOSCOW - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said on Friday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's ruble crisis. | Video

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Standard Chartered hires ex U.S. prosecutors amid sanctions probe

ST. LOUIS - Standard Chartered Plc has hired two former prosecutors to police its transactions for criminal activity, a spokesman said on Friday, as the British bank wrestles with a series of legal and compliance problems.

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Tesla's new Roadster to cover two-thirds more miles per charge

- U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc will relaunch its Roadster model with a new battery pack that will increase the distance the car can travel on a single charge by nearly two-thirds to more than 400 miles.

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Volkswagen's Audi aims to launch two electric vehicles by 2018: CEO

FRANKFURT - Volkswagen's premium Audi division aims to bring two purely electric vehicles to market by 2018 as it tries to catch up with rivals such as Tesla Motors and BMW .

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