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US auto sales strong in July on SUV, luxury demand

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 7:10am

Summer deals and big demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles kept U.S. auto sales strong in July.

India orders telecoms to block more than 850 adult websites

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:40am

India has ordered Internet service providers to block access to more than 850 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.

Malaysian agency: money in Najib's accounts came from donors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:40am

Malaysia's anti-corruption agency says $700 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden state investment fund.

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in June, weakest gain in 4 months; income rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:40am

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in June, weakest gain in 4 months; income rises.

Sears sales fall sharply in 2Q as it spins off real estate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:32am

Sears Holdings Corp. says a key sales figure fell sharply in the second quarter, particularly dragged down by weakness at its namesake stores. It's at least the 10th straight quarter that the metric has declined.

Retailers to pay New York $300,000 in toy gun settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:10am

Retailers including Walmart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to keep realistic toy guns off their shelves in New York as part of a settlement with the state.

Celebrity chef: Trump lawsuit against him is 'without merit'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 6:00am

Celebrity chef Jose Andres has responded to a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump's organization against Andres' organization for backing out of a hotel project in Washington.

Exor buying PartnerRe in deal valued at about $6.9 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:50am

PartnerRe's biggest shareholder, Italian investment company Exor, is buying the reinsurer in a deal worth about $6.9 billion.

Lafayette's charter schools must provide busing in 3 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 5:40am

Three years from now, more school buses will be on the road in Lafayette Parish once its charter schools are required to transport their students.

Son demotes dad in battle for control of S. Korean retailer

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:50am

A family battle for control of South Korea's largest retailer has erupted in public after the group's 92-year-old founder was demoted to a powerless role in the business by his youngest son.

Greek stock market reopens with 22 percent loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:00am

Greece's main stock index plunged more than 22 percent as it reopened today after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since June to react to the country's latest economic crisis.

Officials in Vegas to voice support for EPA energy campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 4:00am

Several Nevada government and business leaders plan to voice support for a federal campaign to limit carbon pollution from power plants around the nation in an effort to address global climate change.

More than 100 vendors expected to attend defense trade show

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:40am

U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis are headlining the 14th annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show, where business owners can meet with federal agencies about military needs.

German automakers buying Nokia's HERE map business

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:40am

A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) and secures their access to technology that could eventually be used for driverless cars.

Charlie is an autism service dog in training

Tay Flores& Courier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:10am

Animal lover and trainer Julie Shaw wants you to meet Charlie, a 10-week-old Australian Labradoodle bred for calmness — not because he's so cute and cuddly, which is a bonus, but because it will help raise awareness about autism.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 1:40am

Idaho Power is asking state officials to rule that 10 solar projects proposed for central Idaho are instead one big project and should fall under a different set of regulations more favorable to the energy company. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission last week opened a case concerning Site Based Energy's project near Bellevue and is taking public comments through Aug. 14.

AP-GfK poll: Americans favor farmers & food during drought

Michael R. Blood and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 1:22am

When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 11:30pm

HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business for $5.2 billion.

Obama to unveil final power plant emissions limits on Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 4:20pm

President Barack Obama is moving ahead with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.