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Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:43am

Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:43am

Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

New Jersey city has Mexican flavor of the state of Puebla

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:43am

The aroma of chiles and cinnamon fills the air, and bags of corn husk for making tamales fill Lino Cruz's food distribution business on a street here where three other businesses run by Mexican immigrants from the state of Puebla distribute fruits and vegetables from their country throughout the New York region.

Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:42am

Facebook is working on a way for news organizations to charge readers for articles they share and read on the social network.

Grain higher, livestock mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41am

Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Exxon fined $2M for sanctions breach when Tillerson was CEO

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41am

The Treasury Department says it is slapping Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine for violating Russia sanctions while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil company's CEO.

California winner of $447M Powerball comes forward

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41am

Lottery officials say the holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million has come forward.

The Latest: GOP leader says McCain's never run from a fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41am

The Latest on Sen. John McCain being diagnosed with a brain tumor (all times local):

France's Macron visits air force base amid military crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:21am

French President Emmanuel Macron promised an "unprecedented" hike in defense spending next year and vowed to safeguard the country's nuclear deterrent, as he tries to show his commitment to the troops amid a crisis over the military budget.

McCain's cancer diagnosis jolts Senate

Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:21am

Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of brain cancer jolted the Senate where Republicans and Democrats offered prayers and words of encouragement for a six-term lawmaker with a war hero past.

EU, UK tiptoeing forward in vital Brexit divorce talks

Raf Casert and Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:10am

Britain and a frustrated European Union hesitantly edged forward during their first full divorce negotiation session this week, though it became clear Thursday that one of the biggest stumbling blocks will be agreeing which court will have the final say in settling legal disputes after Brexit.

Markets Right Now: US stocks open higher on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:41am

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

The Latest: ECB chief says patience needed with stimulus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:21am

The Latest on the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

US weekly requests for jobless aid fall to 233,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:21am

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits stays near historic lows pointing to a robust job market.

UK government to take more time to consider Fox-Sky deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:41am

Britain's culture secretary needs more time to consider Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid for the Sky pay television and broadband network.

Chief Justice Roberts says criticism won't stop judges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:41am

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, once dubbed "disgraceful" by President Donald Trump, said on Thursday that criticism from politicians won't dissuade judges from doing their jobs.

Global shares track US higher ahead of Draghi comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:41am

Global stock markets tracked Wall Street higher ahead of comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi which will be dissected by traders in terms of what they mean for the future of the bank's monetary stimulus.

US applications for unemployment benefits fell 15,000, to 233,000 last week

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:41am

US applications for unemployment benefits fell 15,000, to 233,000 last week.

ECB's Draghi expected to remain cagey on stimulus exit plans

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:20am

European Central Bank head Mario Draghi did his best Thursday to give no clear signal about the eventual withdrawal of a massive bond-purchase stimulus program, lest markets overreact.