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Fed minutes: Some saw December rate hike as 'close call'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite the Federal Reserve's unanimous vote to raise a key interest rate last month, some policymakers viewed their decision as a "close call" because of stubbornly low inflation....

Why aren't smart TVs very clever?
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Turns out that smart TVs can be, well, pretty dumb....

US stocks sink on new China worries, North Korean bomb claim
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks took their second big loss of the week Wednesday on more signs of weakness from China's economy. Oil prices again fell sharply, nearing their lowest level in 12 years. Energy stocks fell far more than the rest of the market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace for its lowest close since October....

House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk Wednesday striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement....

Trying to right itself, a criminal investigation at Chipotle
NEW YORK (AP) -- Chipotle reported a sales plunge of 30 percent for December after a series of food scares at its restaurants and disclosed that a federal criminal investigation tied to the sickening of customers has begun....

VW exec sees US fixes soon in emissions test cheating
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The top executive of the Volkswagen brand worldwide says he's optimistic that U.S. environmental regulators will approve fixes within the coming weeks or months for diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests....

Survey: US businesses add 257,000 jobs, most in a year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by solid gains in construction and retail, a private survey found....

The latest in gadgets: The human-carrying drone cometh
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):...

IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency plans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS is planning to push you to fire up the computer rather than calling for tax help, but the agency's in-house watchdog say that could freeze out millions of taxpayers or force them to pay for advice....

Monsanto eliminating 1,000 more jobs to cut costs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Monsanto said Wednesday it will eliminate another 1,000 jobs as it expands a cost-cutting plan designed to deal with falling sales of biotech-corn seeds and other financial headwinds....

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Fed minutes: Some saw December rate hike as 'close call'

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Fed minutes show some officials saw December rate hike as 'close call' given persistently low inflation

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