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US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:20am

U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China.

Ford surprises in 2Q with record North American profit

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:42am

Ford Motor Co.'s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features.

Global markets stabilize; US indexes move higher on earnings

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:30am

Global stock markets steadied Tuesday as a rout in Chinese shares slowed and U.S. indexes turned higher. European shares also gained. Investors were encouraged by strong results from UPS, Ford and other big companies.

High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:20am

One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables.

Strong home sales, limited supply lift US home prices in May

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:11am

U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.

New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:50am

Efforts are underway to save the green chile that's important to traditional New Mexican fare as labor shortages, a previous severe drought and competition from China, India and Mexico endanger its growth in the state.

USDA expects to pay farmers $191 million for bird flu losses

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:30am

The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:21am

A federal appeals court is ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.

Portlanders lax about paying annual arts tax, audit finds

Andrew Theen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:11am

Three years after the first arts tax payments arrived in the mail, nearly 200,000 Portlanders either haven't paid their first bill or filed paperwork claiming they are exempt from paying the $35 tax, according to a city audit released Tuesday.

Decision on medical marijuana dispensaries looms in NY

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:01am

New York state health officials plan to announce this week the companies selected to operate medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Latest: Kerry's nuke deal testimony translated in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:01am

The latest developments on Obama administration officials' testimony Tuesday before Congress on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local EDT):

Administration wants to give prisoners access to Pell grants

Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:01am

The Obama administration is taking steps to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners.

New Jersey troopers getting body cameras under new policy

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:40am

New Jersey is buying 1,000 body cameras to equip all its state troopers who are out on the road and announcing policies for local police on how the cameras should be used.

Taiwan, Thailand join deal to end tariffs on tech products

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:20am

The World Trade Organization says Taiwan and Thailand have joined an agreement reached last week to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products.

SBA loans to resume after Congress raises lending limit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:01am

Small businesses will soon be able to get loans approved again by the federal government.

Nevada casinos rake in 8 percent less in June, $831 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:40am

Nevada regulators say the state's casinos kept nearly $831 million of what was gambled in June but the amount was down about 8 percent compared to a year ago.

SuperValu may spin off Save-A-Lot into separate company

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:31am

SuperValu said Tuesday that it may spin off its discount grocer Save-A-Lot into a separate publicly traded company as competition in the industry intensifies.

House to vote Wednesday on 3-month highway bill

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:21am

House Republicans announced plans Tuesday for a quick vote on a three-month highway spending extension, as Congress stared down a deadline to act or see states lose money for road projects during the summer driving season.

Malaysian PM axes deputy, attorney general amid fund scandal

Eileen NG, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 9:11am

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.