Why drop in oil prices has downside for US economy

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Dana Ripley, of Winthrop, Mass., fills the gas tank of his truck at a service station in Andover, Mass. A swoon in the price of oil is lowering fuel bills for drivers, shippers and airlines, but it is not without downsides for both the U.S. oil boom and the broader economy. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice.

How Frenchman’s Nobel research could aid consumers

This undated photo provided Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 by the TSE (Toulouse School of Economics) shows French economist Jean Tirole. Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few powerful companies. (AP Photo/Toulouse School of Economics)

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition.

US eyes sale of NY’s Waldorf hotel to Chinese firm

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, a taxi passes in front of the fabled Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Concerned about potential security risks, the U.S. government is taking a close look at last weeks sale of New Yorks iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company. U.S. officials said Monday they are reviewing the Oct. 6 purchase of the Waldorf by the Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group, which bought the hotel from Hilton Worldwide for $1.95 billion. Terms of the sale allow Hilton to run the hotel for the next 100 years and call for a major renovation that officials say has raised eyebrows in Washington, where fears of Chinese eavesdropping and cyber espionage run high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned about potential security risks, the U.S.

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