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US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 7:20am

U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.

3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 7:10am

A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 7:02am

Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday 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.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 6:50am

A Lewiston man accused of knifing his drinking partner to death will be arraigned next Wednesday on one count of first-degree murder. The Lewiston Tribune reports that detectives described a grisly scene at a preliminary hearing for Patrick Nuxoll on Wednesday. Nuxoll is charged in the death of David Cramer. Nuxoll told police he and Cramer had drunk vodka, and when he woke up his friend was dead.

Unemployment, inflation stable in 19-nation eurozone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 6:40am

Unemployment and inflation were stable in the 19-nation eurozone in early summer, when the Greek crisis was raging on and raising concerns over the outlook of the currency union.

Exxon misses 2Q profit forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 6:20am

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $4.19 billion.

Russia's central bank cuts key interest rate

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 6:20am

The Russian Central Bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent on Friday, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible.

Italian bank Intesa SanPaolo Q2 profits more than double

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 6:00am

Italian bank Intesa SanPaolo says its second-quarter earnings more than doubled thanks to higher fees and commissions and an improved credit market.

Report: Ride-hailing service Uber to put $1 billion in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:40am

Ride-hailing service Uber has announced a $1 billion investment for the Indian market for the next nine months as it hopes to expand services and products, news reports said Friday.

Survivor sues in limo crash that killed 4 on Long Island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:00am

A survivor of a crash on Long Island that killed four women when their limousine collided with a pickup truck has sued both drivers and the companies involved.

Judicial panel sends 3 former TEPCO executives to trial for alleged negligence in nuke crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:00am

Judicial panel sends 3 former TEPCO executives to trial for alleged negligence in nuke crisis.

Polish plan to honor Portuguese-run supermarket sparks anger

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 5:00am

Poland's government has postponed plans to bestow a top honor on the Portuguese businessman who runs popular discount supermarket chain Biedronka after a public outcry over the company's alleged exploitation of workers.

WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:50am

The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.

MGM Resorts hires former Nevada congressman to brand casino

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:20am

Former Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford is helping MGM Resorts International make sure the casino company keeps its word to Prince George's County officials and hires at least half its workforce for MGM National Harbor in Maryland from the county and contracts with minority-owned businesses.

Wastewater levels in Spokane River high due to drought

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 4:20am

While wastewater going into the Spokane River isn't new, because of the drought, effluent makes up more and more of the rivers water.

Lloyds bank first half net income up 15 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:40am

Lloyds Banking Group says first-half net income rose 18 percent to 677 million pounds ($1.05 billion) as the government-backed bank accelerated its recovery from the financial crisis.

Google rejects French order on world 'right to be forgotten'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:30am

Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.

Northwest Georgia college banning tobacco on campus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:10am

Officials at a college in northwest Georgia are implementing a tobacco ban on campus.

November retrial date expected for former BP engineer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:10am

Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.