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Chief of NRA's ex-public relations firm, Angus McQueen, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:38am

Angus McQueen, longtime CEO of the public relations firm that shaped the National Rifle Association's most memorable messages until an acrimonious split last month, has died.

As housing market wavers, brokers strategize to get buyers

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:58am

The persistently slow housing market has Debra Goodwin creating cooking videos to try to sell a house. Glenn Phillips finds himself explaining to sellers the reasons why they might have to take a loss on their homes.

Big losses for railroads pull industrial companies lower

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:50am

Stock indexes were posting slight losses in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as a weak showing for railroad operator CSX pulled industrial companies broadly lower.

Grains mostly higher, livestock mixed.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:49am

Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in US prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:13am

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in US prison.

Kohl's kicks off hiring for back-to-school, holiday seasons

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:08am

Kohl's is launching an early wave of hires for the back-to-school through the holiday season across 500 stores, nearly double the number of early hiring positions compared with last year.

Sanders set to mount vigorous defense of 'Medicare for All'

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 8:04am

Bernie Sanders will vigorously defend his signature "Medicare for All" proposal on Wednesday and hit back at his critics who say his push amounts to both bad politics and bad policy.

Markets Right Now: Mixed start for stocks on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:46am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Cuba says nationwide blackouts to end by Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:23am

Cuba's energy minister says breakdowns in the country's power plants have caused a string of blackouts across the country this week, and he promises the problem will be solved by Saturday.

US home construction slips 0.9% to 1.25 million in June

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:36am

U.S. home construction slipped last month as an uptick in the building of single-family homes was offset by a big drop in apartment construction.

US home construction slips 0.9% to 1.25 million in June; apartment building drops sharply

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:33am

US home construction slips 0.9% to 1.25 million in June; apartment building drops sharply.

Court orders Danish VW importer to pay dissident artist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:06am

The importer in Denmark of Volkswagen has been ordered by a suburban Copenhagen court to pay 1.5 million kroner ($226,000) to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei for "unjustified use of artwork in an advertisement."

Bulgaria detains cybersecurity employee in tax data hacking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:02am

Bulgarian police have detained a suspect who is allegedly behind the hacking of the national revenue agency, an attack that leaked the personal and financial data of millions of Bulgarians and companies.

Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emojis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:59am

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but the tech giants also continue to push the boundaries of inclusion and diversity.

Bank of America earns $7.4B in 2Q, beating estimates

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:59am

Bank of America's second-quarter profits rose by 8% from a year earlier, the company said Wednesday, as the consumer banking giant has benefitted greatly from the rise in interest rates as well as consumers and businesses more willing to borrow.

AP FACT CHECK: UK leadership contenders make wild promises

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 4:26am

Promises have been flying thick and fast in Britain's Conservative leadership race, ranging from the plausible to the wild.

EU probes Amazon over use of retailer info to gain edge

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 4:06am

The European Union is opening a new front in its quest to more closely regulate big tech companies, saying Wednesday it was investigating whether U.S. online giant Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an illegal edge when selling its own products.

Cambodia says plastic waste shipments came from US, Canada

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 3:18am

Almost seven dozen shipping containers sitting in a Cambodian seaport that were found to be filled with plastic waste came from the United States and Canada, the Southeast Asian country's Environment Ministry said Wednesday.

US objections to French tech tax overshadow G-7 finance meet

Thomas Adamson and Alex Turnbull, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 3:07am

The Trump administration is objecting to France's plan to tax Facebook, Google and other U.S. tech giants, a rift that's overshadowing talks between seven longtime allies this week on issues ranging from digital currencies to trade.