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Google to invest $4.5 billion in India's Jio digital company

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:10pm

Google plans to invest $4.5 billion in India’s Jio Platforms Ltd, the company announced Wednesday, taking a 7.7% stake in the digital services company owned by multi-billion dollar Reliance Industries.

Fed survey says economy has picked up but outlook cloudy

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 12:28pm

The Federal Reserve says economic activity has picked up in most regions of the country but still remains well below pre-pandemic levels with the country facing high levels of uncertainty.

Fed survey finds economic activity increased in almost all regions but still remains well below pre-pandemic levels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 12:08pm

Fed survey finds economic activity increased in almost all regions but still remains well below pre-pandemic levels.

Casper Star-Tribune to cease Monday, Tuesday print editions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 12:03pm

Wyoming's largest newspaper will no longer have a print edition two days a week.

'We don't want them,' Mallorca says of wild-wayed tourists

Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:53am

Authorities in Spain’s Balearic Islands ordered the closure Wednesday of bars and nightclubs in beachfront areas popular with young and foreign visitors, pulling the plug on endless drunken nights to the beat of techno music.

Microsoft cuts MSN news staffers in move toward AI editors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:47am

Microsoft cut dozens of full-time staffers from its MSN news service, continuing an initiative to move away from human editors in favor of artificial intelligence.

Lawyers: Trump may claim harassment in tax return quest

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:19am

A week after losing a Supreme Court ruling, President Donald Trump’s lawyers said Wednesday they're considering challenging subpoenas for his tax records by criminal prosecutors on grounds that the subpoenas are a fishing expedition or a form of harassment or retaliation against him.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:16am

Most of Wall Street is rising with hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Trump looks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Kevin Freking and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 11:03am

President Donald Trump is ready to roll back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles major infrastructure projects, but that environmentalists say has served for decades as a safeguard for low-income and minority communities.

Ethiopia denies reports government has started filling dam

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:07am

Ethiopia’s water minister denied reports Wednesday that the government had begun filling a massive hydroelectric dam that has caused severe tensions with Egypt and led some to fear military conflict, while Cairo swiftly asked for clarification.

Disney World's last two theme parks reopen to visitors

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:30am

Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on Wednesday welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the new coronavirus.

Walmart latest retailer to require customers to wear masks

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:08am

Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.

US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:59am

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on human rights, including in China's western Xinjiang province.

US warns firms about sanctions for work on Russian pipelines

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:50am

The Trump administration on Wednesday hardened its efforts to prevent the completion of new German-Russian and Turkish-Russian natural gas pipelines by warning companies involved in the projects they'll be subject to U.S. penalties unless they halt their work. The move will likely increase tensions in already fraught U.S.-European ties as well as anger Russia.

Grains mostly lower,livestock higher.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:50am

Grain futures were mostly lower on Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept. delivery fell 2.40 cents at $5.3060 a bushel; Sept. corn lost 9.40 cents at $3.2460 a bushel; Sept. oats was off 1.40 cents at $2.7460 a bushel; while July soybeans rose 4 cents at 8.8220 a bushel.

Jobs, ecology key to France's $110 billion virus rescue plan

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:17am

France’s new prime minister on Wednesday laid out 100 billion euros ($110 billion) in new spending to rescue the virus-battered economy from its worst crisis since World War II.

Banksy's last COVID-19 tags scrubbed from London Tube train

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:16am

Even if you are Banksy, tagging is forbidden on London's Underground.

CBS, NAACP reach multi-year agreement to develop content

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:14am

CBS Television and the NAACP have reached an agreement to develop content that tells stories of the African American experience.

Wall Street climbs, tentatively, with hopes for vaccine

Stan Choe and Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 7:48am

Wall Street is rising on Wednesday with hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine.