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Apple says some celebrity accounts compromised

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Apple says that some celebrity accounts were deliberately targeted and hacked, leading to the posting of nude photos online. More>>

Irish tax haul jumps, signals kinder 2015 budget

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Ireland's tax collections are beating targets and have put the country on course to achieve normal deficit levels after six years of austerity, the government announced Tuesday. More>>

Politico founder to be Washington Post publisher

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The Washington Post is ending 80 years of being led by the Graham family with the departure of Publisher Katharine Weymouth. More>>

Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But he also is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy... More>>

AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight

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Riding a wave of military gains by Russia-backed rebels, President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs. More>>

New York: Bank didn't lend to blacks in Buffalo

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A bank purposely avoided giving mortgages to African-Americans by locating all of its branches outside black neighborhoods and directing advertising and loan products toward largely white communities, New York's... More>>

Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

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Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down while tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas. More>>

It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

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Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. More>>

1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts. More>>

US stock market turns lower in afternoon trading

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U.S. stocks were mostly lower in afternoon trading Tuesday even after news that the economy was gaining strength. The S&P 500 dipped back below 2,000 points as oil producers weighed the index down. More>>

Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

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Opening arguments in Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon in federal court, where lawyers for the city will attempt to convince a judge that its plans to wipe out billions of... More>>

Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7B deal

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Select Income REIT will spend about $2.7 billion in cash and stock to buy Cole Corporate Income Trust in a deal that adds 64 office and industrial properties to the real estate investment trust's portfolio. More>>

Revel casino follows Showboat, closes its doors

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Atlantic City's newest casino - and its biggest, costliest flop - went out with barely a whimper. More>>

US stocks are mostly lower at midday

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By The Associated Press U.S. stocks are mostly lower at midday as energy stocks weigh on the market and investors wait to see what actions central banks take later this week. More>>

Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

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Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences. More>>

Some fear auto industry returning to bad habits

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Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. More>>

Swiss urged to toughen anti-corruption law

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Advocacy group Transparency International is criticizing Swiss law as too soft on financial corruption. More>>

Political skills above language for EU's Tusk

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Donald Tusk's English is shaky, his French nonexistent, and his nation - Poland - has only sat at the EU table since 2004. More>>

Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

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The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess... More>>

Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

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Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. More>>

Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout

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While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy. More>>

Dominion, Duke propose $5B natural gas pipeline

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Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. More>>

US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3½ years

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U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. More>>

Private equity firm to buy Compuware for $2.5B

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By The Associated Press Private equity firm Thoma Bravo will spend about $2.5 billion to buy Compuware and take the software developer private. More>>

Yemeni president dismisses Cabinet to ease tension

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The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet including the prime minister who led it for two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite... More>>

Norwegian sails into luxury with Prestige purchase

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Norwegian Cruise Line is sailing into the luxury sector, spending about $3 billion in cash and stock to acquire the high-end Prestige Cruises International. More>>

US construction spending up 1.8 percent in July

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U.S. construction spending staged a strong rebound in July, rising by the largest amount in more than two years. All major categories of construction showed gains in an encouraging sign that spending on building projects... More>>

Euro continues descent ahead of ECB meeting

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The euro fell to a one-year low against the dollar on Tuesday as it continued to lose support from speculation that the European Central Bank could start pumping money into the ailing eurozone economy to spur growth. More>>

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak... More>>

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

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If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. More>>

US stock market edges higher at open

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By The Associated Press U.S. stocks are slightly higher in early trading as investors await the actions of global central banks. More>>

Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

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Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target. More>>

US home prices rose at slower pace in July

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U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales. More>>

Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

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A court has barred ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the popular app's fight with taxi drivers worldwide. More>>

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

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Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February. More>>

Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms in India

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment rather than the bureaucratic red tape that India is notorious for. More>>

Commission rejects London mayor's plan for airport

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Britain's Airport Commission has rejected a plan to build a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as more problematic and more expensive than other options. More>>

Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure

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Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. More>>

Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted'

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Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday. More>>

Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

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McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the... More>>

Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

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Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do. More>>

Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

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By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. More>>

Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba

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China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture Friday in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba Group ahead of its U.S. stock offering. More>>

Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

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President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for... More>>

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

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Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. More>>

Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

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Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy. More>>

NC offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid

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North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost... More>>

Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

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The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. More>>

Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

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The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. More>>

For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

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A small auction house that's becoming known for selling rare baseball memorabilia has come across a mother lode of cards prized by collectors. The collection from 1909, 1910 and 1911 features more than 1,400 cards... More>>

Greece rules out new cuts ahead of bailout talks

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Greece's government says it won't enact further austerity measures ahead of talks later this week with bailout creditors. More>>

Finnish nuclear plant further delayed until 2018

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Finnish utility TVO says construction of the country's fifth nuclear reactor has been delayed again, with the plant not expected to go online until 2018 - nine years later than initially forecast. More>>

Statoil resumes operations in Algeria after deaths

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Norwegian oil company Statoil says it will resume operations at a gas field in Algeria, 19 months after five Norwegian workers were killed in a terrorist attack there. More>>

Heineken sells Mexican packaging business to Crown

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Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt. More>>

US welcomes EU decision on Russia

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The United States is welcoming a decision by European Union leaders to prepare tougher economic sanctions against Russia over its apparent invasion of Ukraine. More>>

Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes

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Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures... More>>

Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

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From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. More>>

German anti-euro party enters 1st state assembly

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A party that wants to ditch the euro currency in its current form was elected to one of Germany's state assemblies for the first time Sunday. More>>

Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory

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Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. More>>

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade - a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the... More>>

South American food chains use Florida as US gate

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When El Corral Burgers opened its first U.S. restaurant near Miami last year, Colombian-Americans came in droves to get a taste of home. More>>

Obama's visit comes amid tight governor's race

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The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers' rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in... More>>

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters

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Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo." More>>

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

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Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. More>>

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

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Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. More>>

Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

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Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signaling how big this event is for the company. More>>

Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial

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It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half. More>>

Dubai Mall developer Emaar to list on stock market

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Emaar Properties, the developer behind one of the world's largest shopping malls and the world's tallest tower, said Sunday it will launch an initial public offering for part of its retail business in Dubai next... More>>

Time to ditch rising stocks, or stick with them?

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Is it time to cash out of stocks? More>>

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

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Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away. More>>

Silva surges ahead of Brazil's presidential vote

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Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad... More>>

EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

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European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc's top diplomat for the next five years. More>>

Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers Video included

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When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. More>>

Hershey takes wraps off new corporate logo

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The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products. More>>

Sesame catching on in southeast US

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Sesame is gaining a foothold in parts of the southeast United States, where cotton has long been king, as farmers take advantage of its drought tolerance and a recently developed trait that lets them bring it in with... More>>

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

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Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. More>>

US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

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U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed. More>>

Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

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A time few could imagine during the glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos and more than 5,000 jobs will be lost this weekend. More>>

Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

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President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. More>>

BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession

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Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven... More>>

Stocks end higher following strong run in August

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By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February. More>>

Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

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Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian... More>>

Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

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Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first, many merchants and elected officials say. More>>

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using... More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

Stock market closes at record high

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By The Associated Press The Standard & Poor's 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading. More>>

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

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Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward... More>>

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

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Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions. More>>

Video games come of age as spectator sport

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Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street... More>>

Fiat-Chrysler stock should be on market soon

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U.S. investors should soon be able to buy stock in Chrysler for the first time in seven years. More>>

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

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She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is... More>>

Stock market edges higher in midday trading

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By The Associated Press U.S. stock indexes are slightly higher in quiet trading. More>>

'99 Homes' brings US subprime crisis to Venice

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Florida's realtors and tourism authorities will probably not be using "99 Homes" in their promotional material. More>>

US consumer sentiment improves a bit in August

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U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups. More>>

As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

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Is it time to cash out of stocks? More>>

As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

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Is it time to cash out of stocks? More>>

Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct

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Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to an annual 0.3 percent in August, a sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery. More>>

US stocks edge higher in early trading

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By The Associated Press The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as a series of reports on the U.S. economy rolls out. More>>

Feds reviewing Reynolds' deal to buy Lorillard

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Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope. More>>

Fiat investor tally shows Chrysler deal on course

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Fiat says an ongoing tally of investors suggests there are not enough opposed to a merger with Chrysler to derail the deal. More>>

Largest UK retailer warns on profits, shares drop

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Tesco shares have dropped sharply after Britain's largest retailer by revenue issued another profit warning and slashed its dividend to shareholders by 75 percent. More>>

India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

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Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto. More>>

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

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Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. More>>

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

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Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the... More>>

FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

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The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions. More>>

A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

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For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. More>>

Dozens of planes grounded in German pilot strike

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Thousands of passengers are feeling the impact of a pilots strike in Germany after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed over a long-running dispute... More>>

Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

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Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. More>>

Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing

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The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded. More>>

US bank earnings up 5.2 percent in 2Q

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U.S. banks' earnings rose 5.2 percent in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and lending marked its fastest pace since 2007. More>>

JPMorgan investigating possible cyberattack

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JPMorgan Chase, the nation's biggest bank by assets, is working with law enforcement officials to investigate a possible cyberattack, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity,... More>>

Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

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President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in... More>>

A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

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With Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia. More>>

Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

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New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday. More>>

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

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After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. More>>

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

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By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer U.S. financial markets ended slightly lower Thursday, marking their first loss in a week of record highs. More>>

Fed Chair Yellen's assets up 8 percent during 2013

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's assets rose in value by at least 8 percent during 2013, raising their total to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million, according to her latest financial disclosure released Thursday. More>>

Workers cheer restored Market Basket CEO

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As Arthur T. Demoulas made a triumphant return Thursday to lead the Market Basket supermarket chain, it was the words of his employees that summed up their fierce loyalty to him that led to a remarkable workers' revolt... More>>

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

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By The Associated Press Worsening tensions in Ukraine and some weak showings from retailers are sending U.S. stocks lower for the first time this week. More>>

No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge

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Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?" More>>

Famous barbecue restaurant dropping Oklahoma name

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The nationally recognized Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, plans to change its name by the end of the year to reflect that it hasn't had any connection to Oklahoma for 17 years, the... More>>

Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing

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The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded. More>>

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

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By The Associated Press Worsening tensions in Ukraine are sending stock indexes lower, overshadowing an encouraging report on U.S. economic growth. More>>

US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

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The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year. More>>

Amid Ebola, some airlines have canceled flights

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The World Health Organization's assistant director-general for emergency operations is urging airlines to lift most of their restrictions about flying to Ebola-hit nations because a predictable "air link" is needed to... More>>

Vivendi, Telefonica in talks over Brazil business

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French media conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday it would begin exclusive talks with Spanish telecoms company Telefonica for the sale of its Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, after the Spanish company... More>>

Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

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Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. More>>

TiVo to make version for those without cable

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Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters. More>>

Godzilla stomps back in ultra HD, wires intact

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At a humble Tokyo laboratory, Godzilla, including the 1954 black-and-white original, is stomping back with a digital makeover that delivers four times the image quality of high definition. More>>

Sony network hacked, exec's flight diverted

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Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane. More>>

Ukraine fears weigh on global stock markets

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By The Associated Press Worsening tensions in Ukraine are sending markets lower, overshadowing an encouraging report on U.S. economic growth. More>>

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. More>>

Germanwings pilots to go on strike Friday

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German airline pilots said they will go on strike after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed Thursday over a long-running dispute regarding wages and... More>>

India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

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India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders. More>>

French leader banks on free market to save economy

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Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left... More>>

German unemployment ticks up slightly in August

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Germany's Federal Labor Office says the country's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 6.7 percent in August as 30,000 more people joined the ranks of the unemployed. More>>

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

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Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans. More>>

Dubai port operator H1 profits up 26 percent

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Dubai-based port operator DP World said Thursday its profit rose 26 percent in the first half of the year as it was able to process more cargo thanks to new capacity and a pick-up in global trade. More>>

Buy a ticket? Psh! NFL teams selling memberships

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The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle - one word, really - yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans. More>>

Deal reached to sell supermarket chain to ex-CEO

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A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO is buying the company from rival relatives. More>>

Asian stocks post cautious gains, Qantas surges

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Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday but gains were muted ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan. More>>

Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year

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Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) loss, reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and aircraft write downs. More>>

Deal on health care aids port contract talks

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Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care... More>>

SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

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Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers' credit records and... More>>

GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee

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General Motors announced Wednesday that it is moving production of its next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to its plant in Tennessee, leading United Auto Workers leaders to chide Tennessee Republicans... More>>

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

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By The Associated Press Stocks are drifting mostly higher as a main U.S. index sets a record for a third day in a row. More>>

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

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Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. More>>

Cypriots protest proposed bank loan legislation

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Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans. More>>

10 things to know about corporate inversions

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Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain. More>>

Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

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France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone. More>>

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds at 2,000 points

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By The Associated Press U.S. stock indexes edged higher in midday trading Wednesday, drifting slightly from a record high set the day before. More>>

Low-budget Ryanair launches business-class

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European budget carrier Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo companies and governments during penny-pinching times. More>>

Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

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Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps. More>>

Cantwell targets small business loan gender gap

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Women still have a hard time getting small business loans. Sen. Maria Cantwell is determined to close the gap. More>>

2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

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European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's... More>>

Stocks edge higher in early trade; Tiffany gains

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By The Associated Press U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher, a day after the Standard & Poor's 500 index had its first close above 2,000 points. More>>

Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

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The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. More>>

Scottish businesses: no case for independence

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A group of 130 business leaders in Scotland have signed an open letter arguing that the case for independence from Britain has not been made. More>>

Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

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Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. More>>

Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

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The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. More>>

Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

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By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss. More>>

Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal

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Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. More>>

Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers

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A closely-watched survey shows economic expectations among German consumers have "completely collapsed" over concerns about the conflicts in Iraq, Israel and Ukraine. More>>

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

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Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously... More>>

AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution

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Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve. More>>

French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

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France's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to silence ministers who had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policies as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation... More>>

Another milestone: S&P 500 closes above 2,000

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It was a big round-number day for the stock market. More>>

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

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The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad. More>>

US home price gains slow in June

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U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June - a cooldown that could continue for several more months. More>>

Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts

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The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner. More>>

Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

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More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. More>>

S&P 500, Dow average heading for record highs

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Encouraging economic news is sending the stock market further into record territory. More>>

Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

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Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement... More>>

Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

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U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. More>>

US durable goods orders surge record 22.6 percent

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Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July. But most of the strength came from demand for commercial aircraft, which tends to fluctuate sharply from month to month.... More>>