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French, German tank makers sign tie-up agreement

Greg Keller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:41pm

French and German executives from two of Europe's leading armored vehicle makers signed a long-awaited merger deal Wednesday aimed at creating a new European champion in the $50 billion annual terrestrial defense market.

Stocks stay higher after Fed keeps interest rates unchanged

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:51pm

Stocks held onto their gains Wednesday afternoon, after the Federal Reserve said it would keep its benchmark rate unchanged after a two-day policy meeting. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the market higher.

Vail set to announce that 2 Utah ski resorts are combining

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:41pm

Vail Resorts is set to make official Wednesday that it is combining Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort under one name and logo in a move that will allow the ski industry titan to market it as one of the largest ski areas in North America.

Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:01pm

Chalk up another round for Maker's Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.

France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security

Elaine Ganley and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:52pm

France deployed more than 100 riot police to Calais on Wednesday to bolster security as hundreds of migrants have been trying night after night to rush the railway tunnel leading to England — at times with fatal consequences.

Grain lower and livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:51pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Grain lower and livestock mostly higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:42pm

Grain futures were lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

House, Senate move toward short-term highway bill

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:31pm

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.

Grain unchanged, livestock unchanged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:21pm

Grain futures unchanged Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Boehner backs push to export US crude oil

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:21pm

House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.

Coast Guard investigating oil slick off California coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:11pm

The Coast Guard is investigating a new oil slick off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.

5 college institutions removed from negative credit watch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:11pm

With deep budget cuts dodged by Louisiana's public colleges, national credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has removed five higher education institutions from a negative credit watch.

Twitter stock tumbles as user growth stalls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:11pm

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

Fed holds steady on rates, seeks further economic gains

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:11pm

The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.

Auditors: UConn loan deal could cost state $77 million

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:01pm

State auditors are taking issue with a loan taken out by the University of Connecticut to build its new ambulatory care center at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

Charges dropped against Chinese woman in trade secrets case

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:41pm

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.

Fed keeps interest rate unchanged, seeks further economic gains before starting hikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:11pm

Fed keeps interest rate unchanged, seeks further economic gains before starting hikes.

Correction: Weight Loss-Balloon story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:01pm

In a story July 28 about an inflatable medical balloon approved to treat obesity, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount of weight patients regained after having the device removed. Patients actually regained about one-third of their lost weight.

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.