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Better economy has smokers buying more Marlboros

Michelle Chapman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:31am

A better economy is helping sell more Marlboros and Camels, even as prices climb. That brought higher profits for their makers in the second quarter.

US stocks move higher in midday trade; China shares rebound

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:21am

Stocks posted solid gains in midday trading Wednesday as Chinese shares rebounded and traders wait to hear from the Federal Reserve. Strong results from companies like Gilead Sciences also helped push shares higher.

Top military leader says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon

Laurie Kellman and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:21am

America's top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran's malign activities in the region.

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

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 8:59am

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.

Security hospital workers seek freer restraint policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:51am

Union workers at the state hospital that houses 373 of Minnesota's most violent and mentally ill patients want more freedom to use restraints amid recent incidents resulting in injuries to staff members.

Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:41am

The sometimes bawdy and rowdy gauntlet of street performers along Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas is facing new rules.

2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:41am

Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque.

Yahoo plays catch-up in messaging with video texting app

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:31am

Imagine making a video call without other people being able to listen in.

State working to stave off possible nursing home strike

Susan Haigh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:21am

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration is working to come up with a new state funding arrangement that could help fend off a possible nursing home strike.

Charges dropped against Chinese woman in trade secrets case

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:21am

A judge has dismissed charges against the wife of a Chinese billionaire who was accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed companies.

Twitter stock plunges as user growth stalls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:21am

Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership are dragging Twitter's stock to its lowest level in over a year even though the short-messaging service reported sharply quarterly higher revenue.

Whirlpool recalls 40,000 Jenn-Air ovens due to burn risk

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:31am

Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens after customers reported burns due to faulty oven racks.

Astoria summer school helps children of migrant workers

Edward Stratton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:21am

Araceny Borja, 11, sat in a classroom at Astoria Middle School Thursday, only two months after she and her mother moved to the North Coast from Mexico for what she called "a better life."

Lew gets more than 1 million comments on currency redesign

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:41am

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday he's gotten more than a million responses to his request for comments on how U.S. currency should be redesigned and recommendations for what woman should become the first female on U.S. paper money in more than a century.

House, Senate move toward short-term highway bill

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:31am

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.

AP NewsAlert

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:30am

Pennsylvania US Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case; accused of misappropriating funds.

IMF's Lagarde: World economy fragile, faces downside risks

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:20am

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks."

Portuguese government suggests employees start pedaling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:10am

The Portuguese government is recommending its staff try cycling in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money on gas.

Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 8:50am

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