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Congress heading on vacation, putting off messy decisions

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:40am

As lawmakers head out of the Capitol for a five-week summer recess, they leave behind a pile of unfinished business that all but guarantees a painful fall.

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:31am

Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 10:11pm

China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.

WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:20am

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

Unemployment, inflation stable in 19-nation eurozone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 3:10am

Unemployment and inflation are stable in the 19-nation eurozone, with the level of joblessness in June standing at 11.1 percent for the third straight month.

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.

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 2:01am

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.

In Miami, Clinton set to call for lifting Cuba embargo

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:40am

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday will call on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962.

Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:30am

Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain.

Patent awarded to University of Arkansas researcher for drug

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:20am

A researcher at the University of Arkansas has received a patent for a drug intended to treat hair loss.

Federal grant targets urban health disparities in Oklahoma

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 1:20am

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma's College of Nursing are using a $300,000 federal grant to focus on improving health and eliminating urban health disparities in the state.

Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:50am

Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.

Swiss central bank reports hefty 2nd-quarter loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 12:50am

Switzerland's central bank is reporting a hefty loss for the second consecutive quarter after its decision to drop a cap on the franc's value against the euro sent the national currency soaring higher.

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

Steven Dubois and Dan Joling, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:40pm

A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path.

Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

Brandon Bailey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:40pm

Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download.

Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

Stephen Braun and Ted Bridis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:21pm

A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency.