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By nearly any measure, sunny South Florida is tops in fraud

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01am

Psssst — Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you're looking for.

Vail set to make official it's combining 2 Utah ski resorts

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:00am

Ski industry titan Vail Resorts is set to make official Wednesday that it is combining Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort under one name and logo.

Mini recalls about 35K cars to bolster side crash resistance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:00am

Mini is recalling about 35,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because they don't meet side-impact crash-test requirements.

US strength helps Goodyear top expectations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:00am

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Wednesday reported a drop in second-quarter profit as a strong U.S. dollar cut into international sales, but the results beat Wall Street expectations.

House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:50am

The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.

Drugmaker GSK sees earnings growth returning in 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:31am

Britain-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has reported a drop in earnings in the first full quarter since its deal to swap some assets with Swiss rival Novartis.

UND degree program aims to meet demand for social workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:30am

The University of North Dakota is taking steps to help address an expected increase in demand for social workers, with a new degree program and a collaboration with an American Indian tribe.

CNH Industrial profits down 55 percent in second quarter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:10am

CNH Industrial, the Italian maker of construction and agriculture machinery, says second-quarter earnings dropped by more than half on lower sales of combines and larger tractors in North and South America.

Calais migrants: 2nd night of mass attempts to reach England

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:40am

Migrants rushed the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night on Wednesday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands of people camped in this northern French port city.

School district insurance swap for retirees could save money

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:30am

By replacing insurance plans for retirees, officials say the Lafourche Parish School District could save more than $300,000 each year.

Spanish competition authorities fine 20 auto companies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:20am

Spain's competition authorities have fined 20 car manufacturers and distributors 171 million euros ($188 million) for practices it said constituted a cartel.

Greek prime minister says doesn't want early elections but party rebels could force his hand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:11am

Greek prime minister says doesn't want early elections but party rebels could force his hand.

Germany's HeidelbergCement to buy Italcementi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:10am

Germany's HeidelbergCement AG says it plans to buy Italy's Italcementi, starting with the 1.67 billion euro ($1.85 billion) acquisition of a 45 percent stake.

Russia security boss: IS recruits come from over 100 nations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:30am

Russia's security chief says the Islamic State group has recruited nationals of more than 100 countries, posing a long-term threat to global stability.

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific nations gather on Maui

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:00am

Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim are meeting on the Hawaiian island on Maui to negotiate a trade pact.

Barclays reports sevenfold increase in profits

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:00am

Barclays, Britain's second largest bank, said Tuesday that second quarter profit increased sevenfold, boosted by earnings from investment banking and a 496 million pound ($774 million) gain on assets acquired from Lehman Brothers in 2008.

Nissan's quarterly profit up on cheap yen, US sales growth

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:30am

Nissan's April-June profit jumped 36 percent as the Japanese automaker benefited from a cheap yen and better sales in the U.S. and Europe.

Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:00am

Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the company after the death this month of Satoru Iwata.

Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:00am

Automaker Volkswagen AG saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM.