From the Wires

Colorado universities ask feds to ease pot-growing restrictions

THE DENVER POST: The state attorney general requested permission for Colorado's institutions of higher learning to experiment with the substance.

Keurig recalls more than 7M units due to burn risk

NPR: The single-serve coffee makers can spurt hot water and burn consumers, the company warned.

US economy grows in third quarter at fastest rate since 2003

NEW YORK TIMES: Strong consumer and business spending spurred the growth.

Number of auto recalls in 2014 breaks record

BLOOMBERG: For the first time, more than 60 million cars have been recalled this year.

Sony says release of controversial film still possible

BLOOMBERG: The studio's CEO said that "The Interview" could be available through video on demand or streaming services.

Debate surrounding Washington-Oregon I5 span heats up

BLOOMBERG: Washington legislators turned down $1.25 billion in federal money, creating a tenuous future for a bridge regarded as one of the country's deadliest.

Watchdog group takes issue with timber company's 'green' label

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Plum Creek Timberlands' "green lumber" certification is being criticized by the Center for Sustainable Economy's, a group based in Lake Oswego.

Labor dispute at the ports slowing Christmas deliveries

BLOOMBERG: FedEx said the labor negotiations are complicating its holiday-rush process.

Fed stresses 'patience' regarding interest rate

BLOOMBERG: The Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cleared up confusion with her statements on Wednesday.

Obama to announce end of Cuba isolation

BLOOMBERG: A plea from Pope Francis convinced the president to resume diplomatic relations as well as easing restrictions on trade and travel.

Energy prices drop cost of living in US by most since 2008

BLOOMBERG: November marked the largest fall in the consumer-price index, which adjusted downward 0.3 percent.

Russia's attempt to slow ruble freefall fails

BLOOMBERG: An attempted interest-rate increase fell short as the Russian currency dropped as much as 19 percent.

AAA: Holiday travel could set record this year

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: AAA expects almost 99 million Americans to travel — via the ground or the air — which would be the most since 2001 when the group started keeping track.