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A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:39am

Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated?

The Latest: Prosecutors say greed, deception drove Manafort

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:25am

The Latest on the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local):

Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 in southern India, close airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:24am

Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed more than 40 people in the past week, officials said Wednesday.

Global markets sink on growth concerns, Turkey jitters

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:19am

Global stocks are sinking Wednesday as an unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech giant Tencent has investors worrying about economic growth. Oil and copper prices are falling.

The 411 on 529s

Sarah Skidmore Sell, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:15am

education can be expensive.

Macy's investors not buying Macy's sales rebound

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:05am

Macy's raised its annual profit forecast as the department store reported an unexpected increase in a key sales measure.

The Latest: Erdogan speaks with Merkel amid crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:49am

The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local):

Markets Right Now: Tech leads early decline on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:45am

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

US productivity grew at strong 2.9 percent rate in Q2

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:43am

U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell.

US industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in July

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:31am

U.S. industrial production rose modestly last month, held down by drops in mining and utilities.

Judge: Firm can mandate drug test for medical marijuana user

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:29am

A federal court judge has ruled that a New Jersey business doesn't have to waive its mandatory drug testing requirement for a worker who uses medical marijuana.

US industrial production rises by modest 0.1 percent in July, held down by drop in mines, utilities

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:16am

US industrial production rises by modest 0.1 percent in July, held down by drop in mines, utilities .

US retail sales rose at robust 0.5 pct. annual rate in July

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:57am

Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that consumers are helping drive robust economic growth.

Diamondback Energy acquires Alabama-based Energen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:57am

Texas-based Diamondback Energy Inc. is acquiring one of Alabama's largest publicly held companies, the Birmingham-based Energen Corp., in a stock deal worth more than $9 billion.

White House admits error for false claim on black employment

Anne Flaherty, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:55am

The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama.

US retail sales up a healthy 0.5 percent in July as consumers spend more at auto dealers and restaurants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:32am

US retail sales up a healthy 0.5 percent in July as consumers spend more at auto dealers and restaurants.

Ford to spend roughly $740M on Detroit redevelopment plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:29am

Ford Motor Co. plans to spend roughly $740 million renovating Detroit's long vacant train depot and redeveloping other area properties for research and development of self-driving vehicles .

Danes to fence German border to stop boars with swine fever

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:28am

Denmark is to erect a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which can jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry.

Global markets sink on growth concerns, Turkey jitters

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:23am

Stock markets turned lower Wednesday amid concerns about economic growth and continued tensions over Turkey, which announced it was increasing tariffs on imports of some U.S. products.

Dutch air traffic control problem grounds Schiphol flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:05am

A problem with an air traffic control communications system has briefly halted all flights to and from Amsterdam's busy Schiphol Airport.