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Hobbit-fueled tourism New Zealand's top foreign-cash source

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:01am

In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.

Boeing beats Street 3Q forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:00am

Boeing Co. (BA) on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $2.28 billion.

Sears sweetens rewards for MasterCard loyalty customers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:30am

Sears is sweetening the rewards for its MasterCard customers linked to its loyalty program, letting them earn more points at many stores.

EU parliament refers UKIP brawl to French authorities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:20am

The European Parliament has asked French police to investigate an incident between two lawmakers of the U.K. Independence Party that landed one of them in the hospital earlier this month.

Global stocks hit by gloom on Wall Street, lower oil prices

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:20am

Global stock markets fell on Wednesday after some disappointing earnings reports and as a drop in oil prices dragged down shares in energy companies.

Coke tops Street 3Q forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:11am

Coca-Cola Co. (KO) on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit of $1.05 billion.

Report: Women won't earn as much as men for 170 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:11am

A new report finds that the global gender pay gap will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue.

Nigerian militants bomb Chevron oil export pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 5:10am

Nigerian militants say they have bombed an oil export pipeline operated by U.S.-based multinational Chevron, and are warning companies not to carry out repairs to sabotaged infrastructure that has reduced oil exports from this West African nation to a near 30-year low.

Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:51am

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Tuesday that the dozens of protesters who have camped on company-owned land since the weekend are trespassing and that "lawless behavior will not be tolerated."

Swedish industry laments new rules on drones with cameras

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:50am

A Swedish industry group says a court ruling that drones with cameras must have a license under the country's surveillance laws "is a huge blow" to recreational and commercial users.

AP EXPLAINS: What we know about S. Korean political scandal

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:50am

President Park Geun-hye's acknowledgment this week that she got help, including the editing of some of her speeches, from a mysterious woman outside of government has caused an uproar in South Korea.

EU chief says trade deal with Canada still possible

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:41am

In a race against the clock, the European Union was edging closer to being able to sign a free trade deal with Canada on Thursday after Belgium made progress in lifting the veto of one of its region.

Police: $45K in men's clothes stolen from high-end store

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:40am

Police say tens of thousands of dollars in clothing was stolen in a smash-and-grab at a high-end department store in Philadelphia.

Correction: Disruptive Cyberattack-Chinese Firm story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:20am

In a story Oct. 25 about a Chinese electronics maker's recall of web-connected cameras sold in the U.S., The Associated Press erroneously reported that the company would recall 4.3 million units. The company has not specified how many units would be involved in the recall but a manager said it was likely to be in the thousands.

Airbus profits fall on taxes, pricing, supplier issues

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:10am

European plane maker Airbus Group SE says third-quarter net profit dwindled to 50 million euros ($55 million) from 376 million euros a year ago.

Pokemon Go boost limited as Nintendo cuts profit forecast

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:10am

"Pokemon Go" is giving only a modest boost to Japanese video game maker Nintendo, which has slashed its operating profit and sales forecasts for this fiscal year citing lagging demand for game consoles like the Wii U.

Germany approves 4 percent rise in national minimum wage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 4:00am

Germany's national minimum wage is to rise by 4 percent in January, the first increase in the base pay level that was introduced at the insistence of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left coalition partners.

Hopes diminish for 11 men buried in Indonesian mine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 3:02am

Indonesian officials say hopes are diminishing of finding alive any of the 11 men buried by a landslide at an illegal gold mine on the island of Sumatra.

Trump touts hotel as Pence heads to Utah in waning days

Will Weissert and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:10am

Donald Trump is taking a break from campaigning Wednesday to formally open his new hotel in Washington, while dispatching his running mate to play political defense in Utah — which hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 52 years.

Q&A: New sign-up season; new woes for Obama health law

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:00am

President Barack Obama is leaving the White House in a few months, but the troubles of his signature health care law continue to make headlines. With premiums rising by double digits and many consumers scrambling to replace coverage because their insurer bailed out, the 2017 sign-up season that starts Nov. 1 looks challenging.