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Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:31am

Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:11pm

China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.

Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:12pm

Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage.

Greece's Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting

Derek Gatopoulos and Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:11pm

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency.

Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:30am

Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain.

Patent awarded to University of Arkansas researcher for drug

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:20am

A researcher at the University of Arkansas has received a patent for a drug intended to treat hair loss.

Federal grant targets urban health disparities in Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:20am

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma's College of Nursing are using a $300,000 federal grant to focus on improving health and eliminating urban health disparities in the state.

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:00am

Japanese automaker Honda is seeing a 20 percent jump in fiscal first quarter profit on the back of a cheap yen that offset the damage from a massive air bag recall.

Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:50am

Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.

Swiss central bank reports hefty 2nd-quarter loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:50am

Switzerland's central bank is reporting a hefty loss for the second consecutive quarter after its decision to drop a cap on the franc's value against the euro sent the national currency soaring higher.

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

Steven Dubois and Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:40pm

A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.

Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:40pm

Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download.

Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

Stephen Braun and Ted Bridis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:21pm

A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency.

Fluoride debate hits Colorado's largest water utility

Ivan Moreno, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:11pm

Colorado's largest supplier of public drinking water is in the midst of a debate over how much fluoride — if any — to put into its delivery system after the federal government announced new standards in April.

Hollywood's Relativity Media files for bankruptcy protection

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:51pm

Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Lawsuit accuses CVS of overcharging for generic drugs

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 7:51pm

CVS Health Corp. deliberately overcharged some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.

Venezuela occupies food warehouse of biggest private company

Hannah Dreier and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:50pm

Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods.

Jury awards $47.8 million in NYC crane collapse civil case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:40pm

A New York City jury on Thursday awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed.

Mexico to spend $9.1 million on seaweed cleanup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:30pm

Mexican authorities say they will spend about $9.1 million and hire 4,600 temporary workers to clean up mounds of seaweed that have accumulated in recent weeks along the Caribbean coast.