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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gas prices have fallen to the lowest level since May of 2009 at an average of $2.32 a gallon. That's according to Triple-A spokesman Michael Green, who adds prices have fallen 92 straight days -- which has never happened before.
Missouri is the first state since 2009 to see an average of under $2.00 per gallon at $1.98.
Green thinks the price of gas could fall another dime before leveling off next month.
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency ended its five-day rally today and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy. The ruble has been the worst performing currency this year along with the Ukraine's currency, having lost nearly half of its value against the dollar.
Russia's finance minister announced yesterday that the ruble seems to have finally found its fair value. But that did not stop the ruble from ending its five-day rally when it had gained nearly 15 percent.
The ruble declined in afternoon trading to 54 rubles against the dollar. Russian monetary officials have made stabilizing the ruble their priority, introducing a number of drastic measures to support it such as raising the key interest rate to a whopping 17 percent.
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister has announced minimal increases to the minimum wage and for government-funded pensions, and he's predicted the nation's economy will "take off" in 2015 following years of crushing financial pain.
Mariano Rajoy (mah-ree-AH'-noh rah-HOY') says the monthly minimum wage will rise 0.5 percent to 649 euros ($791) and that monthly pension payments will increase 0.25 percent.
He told reporters the 24-percent unemployment rate will decline in 2015 before he is forced to call national elections and that he plans to head his party's ticket.
This year was Spain's first for net job creation since 2007, but many Spaniards haven't benefited from an anemic recovery.
The Bank of Spain this week said the economy likely expanded 1.4 percent in 2014 and projects 2-percent growth next year.
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- A small, private Michigan college has a deal for students: Make more than $37,000 a year after graduating or the school will pay all or part of your loans.
Adrian College is among a few taking out insurance policies on every incoming freshman and transfer student who have student loans and at least two years of school remaining. School president Jeffrey Docking is taking the message far and wide and framing it as a solution to skyrocketing tuition costs and student loan defaults.
Docking's goal is to ease parents' and students' "sticker shock" when they see the $40,000 annual cost of an Adrian education.
He's discussed it with U.S. lawmakers and education officials, and he hopes their praise translates into greater promotion of the program.
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