December 17, 2014 / 6:11 AM / 3 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - Dec 17

Dec 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* Jeb Bush will "actively explore the possibility of running for president" in 2016, according to an announcement the former Florida governor posted to his Facebook page. (

* Sony Pictures executives were telling theaters they wouldn't object if theaters decided not to show its comedy "The Interview" after new terrorist threats surfaced on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. (

* The failure of Sears Holdings's Mygofer strategy - where customers ordered from computers and picked up goods out back - shows the retailer's struggle to reinvent its stores. (

* The plunging rouble, driven by sanctions and dropping oil prices, is reawakening fears of the kind of financial crises Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to put behind his country. (

* U.S. prosecutors are close to a deal with Alstom that would require the French engineering giant to pay about $700 million, more than any past deal, to settle a foreign bribery probe. (

* Ford Motor Co is cutting about 20 percent from the cost of swapping aluminum for steel in F-150 body panels by sorting, cleaning and returning scrap to the same mills that supply it with metal sheets. (

* A jury ruled in favor of Apple Inc on Tuesday in a class-action lawsuit that accused the technology giant of violating antitrust laws by suppressing competition for its iPod music players. (

* Congress ended the year Tuesday night without extending a federal terrorism insurance program slated to expire later this month. With lawmakers from both chambers gone until January, the program is expected to lapse. ( (Compiled by Supriya Kurane in Bengaluru)

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