From the Wires

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.

Sub-$2 gas prevalent across US

CNN: Thirteen states tout gas for less than $2 a gallon. Two weeks ago, there was only one station in the country selling gas at that price.

Group buys PetSmart for $8.3B

BLOOMBERG: The country's largest pet-supply chain was sold for $83 a share to BC Partners.

Oil prices could continue to plummet

BLOOMBERG: Energy forecasters expect the price to continue to fall as demand drops.

Embattled SeaWorld CEO resigns

ORLANDO SENTINEL: Jim Atchison and several employees are losing their jobs after sustained down period for the company brought on by the documentary Blackfish.

RadioShack's struggles continue

BLOOMBERG: The electronic store chain posted its 11th-straight quarterly loss, which was even worse than projections.

Unemployment claims continue to drop

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The number trends indicate strong job security ahead of the holidays.

Costco's profits surge

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The warehouse club giant's shares hit record highs Wednesday morning.

California sues Uber over driver background check claims

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Los Angeles' district attorney alleges company "continues to misrepresent and exaggerate background checks on drivers."

Amazon adding 'Make An Offer' option

USA TODAY: The giant cyberstore is opening up some products for haggling.

Embattled Abercrombie & Fitch CEO retires amid company struggles

FORBES: Shares increased 6.8 percent in the wake of the announcement that Mike Jeffries is stepping down.

McDonald's sales continue to drop

REUTERS: The fast-food giant now finds itself in a dubious six-month streak of declines.