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Acropolis, other Greek sites to open as guards scrap strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:34am

The Acropolis and other ancient monuments and museums in Athens will be open this weekend after Greek Culture Ministry employees called off a planned two-day strike.

Revenue from online-shopping deliveries boosts UPS profit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:31am

Online retailing in the U.S. propelled higher second-quarter profit at UPS above Wall Street expectations.

German minister: too soon to bury the combustion engine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:31am

Germany's transport minister says it's too soon to talk about burying the combustion engine, underlining his government's reluctance to follow Britain and others in banning the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline from 2040.

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GOP eyes narrow bill to advance goal on 'Obamacare' repeal

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:20am

They couldn't pass a repeal of "Obamacare," or find the votes for a White House-backed replacement. So now Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called "skinny repeal" that would merely undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law.

Ohio, California close 'Fire Ball' ride after fatal accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:01am

The Ohio State Fair will open Thursday one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart, but the rides won't be running until they all are deemed safe, officials state.

Shares in AstraZeneca dive as key cancer drug trial fails

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:01am

Shares in Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca plunged as much as 17 percent Thursday after a new lung cancer treatment proved less successful than the company had hoped.

US weekly requests for jobless aid up 10K, to 244,000

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:01am

More Americans applied for jobless aid last week, though the number of people seeking benefits remains near historic lows pointing to a healthy job market.

AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:01am

The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S. officials said.

US durable goods orders climbed 6.5 percent in June

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:55am

Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods posted the biggest gain in nearly three years last month, pulled up by a surge in demand for civilian aircraft.

GED Testing Service and Kaplan Test Prep Partner to Deliver First-Ever Live, Mobile-Friendly Online Programs for the Nation’s

Kaplan Test Prep, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:49am

a group of four subject tests that comprise the country’s leading high school equivalency certification. The partnership also establishes Kaplan as the official partner for live online prep for the GED test.

Food fight: Slovak PM complains of substandard products

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:41am

The prime minister of Slovakia took a fight about the quality of food on his country's supermarket shelves to the European Commission on Thursday, calling for action to stop companies selling lower-quality products in Central and Eastern Europe than elsewhere in the continent.

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 being brought home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:36am

A Lufthansa Boeing 737 hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of the leftist Red Army Faction's campaign against West German authorities is coming home to a German museum.

US durable goods orders climbed 6.5 percent in June, most in nearly three years, on surging demand for civilian aircraft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:36am

US durable goods orders climbed 6.5 percent in June, most in nearly three years, on surging demand for civilian aircraft.

Comcast tops Street 2Q forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:32am

Comcast is reporting second-quarter net income of $2.51 billion.

Altria 2Q profit rises on higher cigarette prices, beer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:32am

Altria Group Inc. relied on higher tobacco prices and a gain from its ABInBev/SABMiller investment to help drive profit in the second quarter, though results still fell short of expectations.

World stocks mixed amid raft of corporate earnings

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:32am

Global stocks were mixed on Thursday as investors digested a raft of corporate earnings results and the Federal Reserve's decision to pause its slow-moving campaign to raise interest rates.

Boris Johnson lends support to Australia-UK free trade deal

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:22am

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that he supports a proposed free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, as his country looks to strengthen its relationships with allies ahead of its departure from the European Union.

Fiat Chrysler profits up as focus on premium brands pays off

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:22am

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' second-quarter profits soared on higher Maserati sales as the carmaker's strategy to ramp up premium brands turned in results.

Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:22am

President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops.

Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aide amid crisis

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:22am

Qatar has hired a Washington influence firm founded by President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and another specialized in digging up dirt on U.S. politicians, signaling it wants to challenge Saudi Arabia's massive lobbying efforts in America's capital amid a diplomatic dispute among Arab nations.