Netflix outage ends

From our wire services

Those hoping to spend the holiday watching streaming video from Netflix can now get back in front of their TVs, tablets and PCs after a Christmas Eve outage. A Netflix Inc. spokesman said Tuesday that the service has been fully restored, and blamed the outage on problems with Amazon Web Services.

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Japan yen weakens

Japan’s benchmark stock index jumped more than a percentage point as a softening yen helped boost the country’s powerhouse export sector. Incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned up the pressure on the Bank of Japan to adopt a 2 percent inflation target.

N.Y. energy subsidies

New York is providing $250 million for renewable energy generation projects. The program is geared to wind, hydroelectric, solar, biomass and other clean-energy resources. The projects that will get funding are to be announced by next summer.

Church cell towers

Plans to install cell transmission towers at Southern California houses of worship have sparked controversy and protests, while raising money for small congregations. Protests helped cancel plans for T-Mobile antennas in the steeple of the Little White Chapel in Burbank, and have been directed at a planned Metro PCS tower disguised as a pine tree at Our Lady of Lourdes School. Churches with cell sites say they welcome the lease money from wireless companies, which can total as much as $4,000 a month.

Airport dining

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is adding to its dining options just in time for the Super Bowl. Dooky Chase, a famous Creole restaurant, and Ye Old College Inn will be open by the Feb. 3 game. They join other new restaurants at the airport: Le Petit Bistro, Zatarain’s Kitchen, Copeland’s Gourmet Kitchen and Wow Cafe and Wingery.

Fla. tourism up

Panhandle officials say record numbers of tourists visited northwest Florida this past year. Walton County collected $16.5 million in bed taxes for the year ended in October, breaking the record of $13.9 million in the previous fiscal year. Neighboring counties saw similar increases.

Nev. mine fought

Conservationists are trying to stop plans to mine hundreds of millions of pounds of the metallic element molybdenum from an open-pit mine in north-central Nevada. The Reno-based Great Basin Resource Watch has asked the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to rescind the final environmental impact statement it issued last month when it approved the Mount Hope project in Eureka County.

Liquified natural gas

A Cheniere Energy Partners LP subsidiary and Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Inc. have entered into a $3.8 billion contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the third and fourth natural gas liquefaction units at the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Louisiana. Construction of the two units is expected to begin in the first half of 2013.

Bowling in N.M.

A plan to a build lounge-style venue with a video-game arcade and eight-lane bowling facility on the top floor of a building in the Santa Fe Railyard would return the sport to the state capital of New Mexico for the first time since 2008. The old Coronado Lanes bowling alley was a hot spot for decades before closing in the 1980s.


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