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Summer jobs help bring Spain's jobless rate down to 20 pct

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:50am

Official figures show Spain's unemployment rate dropped to 20 percent in the second quarter from 20.9 percent in the previous three-month period, some positive news for acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he searches for support to stay in office following the country's second inconclusive election last month.

Lloyds cuts 3,000 jobs as Brexit fears take shape

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:50am

Lloyds Banking Group says it is cutting 3,000 more jobs and closing an additional 200 branches as it adjusts to changing consumer behavior and the uncertainty created by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Correction: Nigeria-Oil Attacks story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:50am

In a story published July 27 about the arrest of a publisher in Nigeria, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the detainee was publisher of The Source. Jones Abiri is publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, not The Source weekly news magazine.

Democratic donors, allies offer reward for Trump tax returns

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:41am

The wealthy Democratic donors, many of them executives who run complex businesses, know firsthand how revealing tax returns can be. Perhaps that's why they can't stop talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump's refusal to release his.

Royal Dutch Shell says 2nd Q earnings fell 72 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:00am

Royal Dutch Shell says second-quarter earnings fell 72 percent as low oil prices challenge the profitability of the business.

Credit Suisse turns 2Q profit, down sharply from a year ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:50pm

Credit Suisse says second-quarter net profit plunged 84 percent as the Swiss bank pressed on with a restructuring and revaluation of its investment banking portfolio.

Judge dismisses charges against former Utah attorney general

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:10pm

A judge dismissed pay-to-play charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff Wednesday, ending a high-profile case that landed soon after he wrapped up 12 years as the state's top lawman.

Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:00pm

A digital list of the tens of thousands of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of New Bedford, from 10-year-old boys to a 70-year-old sailor who drank himself to death in South Africa, is a valuable resource for anyone researching their family's seafaring past. Just be warned: You might not like what you find.

Spared lobster dies during trip from Florida to Maine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:00pm

Larry the Lobster gained fame after it was spared from a boiling pot in Florida, but Maine officials say the crustacean didn't make it to retirement.

US confirms journalist jailed by China is American citizen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:51pm

The State Department says its diplomats have not been granted permission to meet with James Wang, a jailed magazine publisher and American citizen, since his 2014 arrest in southern China.

Regulators propose huge overhaul of debt collection industry

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:40pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a massive overhaul of the multibillion dollar debt-collection industry on Thursday, which would restrict collectors from calling numerous times a day, require them to have more documentation on what's owed, and give people more ability to dispute their bills.

Rifle maker wants documents sealed in school shooting suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:11pm

A Connecticut judge will hear arguments on whether gun maker Remington Arms' company documents should be sealed from public view as it fights a lawsuit filed by families of some of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Samsung's profit surges to 2-year high on Galaxy phone sales

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:31pm

Samsung Electronics Co. reported Thursday forecast-beating earnings results that were the best in two years as consumers snapped up its Galaxy smartphones, in a sign the company is getting its mojo back while rivals fail to deliver new smartphones.

Trump to Russia: Uncover, release deleted Clinton emails

Eric Tucker and Jack Gillum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:31pm

Donald Trump encouraged Russia on Wednesday to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, setting off an instant debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics.

VP nominee Tim Kaine urges voters to trust Hillary Clinton

Lisa Lerer and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 9:12pm

It took just four days for Hillary Clinton's newly minted running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, to drop the t-word.

Some French media ban IDs of attackers to stop "hero" effect

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 8:41pm

Some leading French media outlets pledged Wednesday to stop publishing the names and images of attackers linked to the Islamic State group to prevent individuals from being inadvertently glorified, following a spate of attacks in France over the past 18 months.

Bloomberg warns of Trump economic plans at Dem convention

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 8:31pm

Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a "risky, reckless, and radical choice."

APNewsBreak: Texas AG's $100K gift came despite agency rules

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 7:31pm

Documents show the $100,000 that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted from the head of a company his office was investigating came despite internal agency rules that prohibit such gifts.

More than $140M available to return to Oklahoma agencies

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:41pm

Mid-year budget cuts ordered for Oklahoma agencies amid a revenue downturn earlier this year were deeper than necessary, resulting in $140.8 million in additional revenue that could be returned to state agencies or used to help fund a teacher pay raise, state finance officials announced on Wednesday.