• Stocks fall after record run as consumer companies slip

    In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, photo, a pedestrian walks past the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. Uncertainty over whether OPEC countries will back an oil production cut at their upcoming meeting, as intended, weighed on global stock markets on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Worries over an upcoming constitutional referendum in Italy also kept investors at bay. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday as concerns over an OPEC oil production cut and Italy’s constitutional referendum cast a pall on the markets.

  • With deals offered early, will shoppers buy on Cyber Monday?

    In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, Tashalee Rodriguez, of Boston, uses a smartphone app while shopping at Macy's in downtown Boston. Shoppers are flocking online Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, as “Cyber Monday” sales hit their peak. Each year, during the busy holiday shopping weekend that kicks off on Thanksgiving and the Friday after, known as Black Friday, more and more shoppers decide to skip the mayhem in stores and shop online. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list — but a one-day Cyber Monday frenzy appears to be going the way of the dial-up modem.

  • Q&A: Political economist Eberstadt on men without jobs

    This undated photo provided by American Enterprise Institute shows Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist at the American Enterprise Institute. Eberstadt has written a new book entitled, "Men Without Work." (Jay Westcott/American Enterprise Institute via AP)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has sunk to a generally healthy level since the Great Recession ended in 2009. Yet the other side of the coin — the proportion of adults who have jobs, what some economists call the “work rate” — remains 3 percentage points below what it was before the recession began.

  • Detroit’s downtown rebounds, but neighborhoods lag behind

    DETROIT (AP) — The return of professional basketball to downtown Detroit adds another piece to the city’s fast-paced economic rebound two years out of bankruptcy, but it means little to John Iiolo if the city’s fortune stops short of his doorstep.

  • Cubans look to future with hope, doubts after Fidel’s death

    A man rides his tricycle decorated with a picture of Fidel Castro, one day after Castro died in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Cuba will observe nine days of mourning for the former president who ruled Cuba for half a century. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    HAVANA (AP) — His words and image had filled schoolbooks, airwaves and newspapers since before many of them were born. Now Cubans must face life without Fidel Castro, the leader who guided their island to both greater social equality and years of economic ruin.

  • Fidel Castro clung to socialism, mentored new leftists

    In this March 5, 1960 file photo, Cuban leaders walk arm-in-arm at the head of the funeral procession for the victims of the La Coubre explosion, blamed by the Cuban government on a U.S. bomb attack on the Cuban ship La Coubre in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. From left to right are Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, the first president of post-Batista Cuba, Osvaldo Dorticos, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Defense Minister Augusto Martinez-Sanchez, ecology minister Antonio Nunez-Jimenez, American William Morgan from Toledo, Ohio, and Spaniard Eloy Guttierez Menoyo. Castro has died at age 90. President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died late Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo, File)

    HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro’s revolution was slowly dying — or so it seemed.

  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90

    In this March 1985 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at the presidential palace in Havana, Cuba. Castro has died at age 90. President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died late Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, File)

    HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90.

  • US stocks rise to fresh records in shortened session

    This Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange at sunset, in lower Manhattan. Stocks are rising in early trading Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, as the market continues a record-setting run. Trading was relatively quiet as traders returned from the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Safe-play stocks like utilities and phone companies were among the biggest winners in early trading. Banks fell. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks hit fresh records in a shortened trading session Friday as investors continued to bet on a pickup in economic growth and rising corporate profits.