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Applications for US unemployment benefits slipped last week

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:20am

Slightly fewer people filed for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign the American job market remains healthy.

The Latest: Flood grants available for small businesses.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:12am

The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:10am

The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor.

Orders for US durable goods rebounded in July

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01am

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods surged in July, lifted in part by the biggest increase in orders in a key investment category since January.

Obama administration taps Kim for second term at World Bank

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:50am

The Obama administration is nominating current World Bank President Jim Yong Kim for a second term leading the 189-nation international lending organization.

UK lawmakers urge social media companies to tackle extremism

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:50am

British lawmakers on Thursday demanded that social media do more to police users who promote extremism, arguing that companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are "consciously failing" to stop radicalization online.

Applications for US unemployment benefits slipped last week, remained below 300K for 77th straight week

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:40am

Applications for US unemployment benefits slipped last week, remained below 300K for 77th straight week.

Boston City Council approves restaurant grading system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:30am

Judging the cleanliness and food-safety practices of Boston restaurants will soon be was easy as ABC.

WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:21am

Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads on Facebook — although not on the messaging service itself.

EU rejects US concerns of bias in company tax investigations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 6:10am

The European Union's executive branch rejected Thursday the U.S. government's complaint that its probes into sweetheart tax deals between EU governments and big companies are hitting U.S. firms hardest.

Romanian PM says first loan to Moldova has been paid

Corneliu Rusnac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:50am

Romania's prime minister says his country has paid 60 million euros ($68 million) to Moldova, the first part of a larger loan, and urged the government to continue making reforms.

Report blasts plan to change at-risk kids' psychiatric care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30am

The state Juvenile Justice Commission has accused the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources of operating under a "cloak of secrecy" while negotiating new contracts to place youths in residential psychiatric facilities.

Mylan, in crosshairs for spiking cost of EpiPen, says it will expand savings program to cover up to $300, of out of pocket costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:30am

Mylan, in crosshairs for spiking cost of EpiPen, says it will expand savings program to cover up to $300, of out of pocket costs.

Romania, Kuwait agriculture ministers injured in car crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20am

Romania's health ministry says the agriculture ministers of Romania and Kuwait are receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries after being involved in a car crash.

Pennsylvania launches patient prescription database

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:20am

Pennsylvania is launching its database on prescription drug dispensing in an effort to prevent their abuse.

Las Vegas stadium backers to give update on site search

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:00am

Developers who wanted to zero in on one or two finalist sites for a potential Las Vegas stadium are giving a progress report.

AG: Banned doctor still running several abortion clinics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:40am

New Jersey's attorney general says an abortion doctor who lost his license in the state and has been banned from practicing in other states is illegally exerting control over several women's clinics.

German business confidence drops unexpectedly, survey shows

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 3:10am

Business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has dropped unexpectedly as managers' assessment of both their current and future situations darkened following Britain's decision to leave the European Union, a survey showed Thursday.

Spain revises Q2 growth estimate upward to 0.8 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:40am

Officials have revised Spain's quarterly economic growth figure for the April-June period upward, from 0.7 percent to 0.8 percent, welcome news for a country in its eighth month without a fully functioning government.

Report: Iran detains Greek national for smuggled oil tankers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 2:20am

An Iranian state-run daily is reporting that authorities in Tehran have detained a Greek national they accuse of embezzling money from smuggled oil and selling three oil tankers for $100 million.