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Markets Right Now: Stocks sink as China said to rebuff talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 8:09am

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

Weight Watchers slims down name to WW

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 8:08am

Weight Watchers is trimming its name to just two letters: WW.

Germany looking to sell costly, rarely used drone to Canada

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 7:59am

Germany wants to sell Canada a second-hand drone that's cost over 700 million euros ($823 million) — without many of the core components it needs to fly.

AP review: Drug prices keep going up despite Trump pressure

Linda A. Johnson and Nicky Forster, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 7:29am

President Donald Trump made reducing drug prices a key promise during his election campaign, repeatedly accusing drugmakers of "getting away with murder." At the end of May, he promised that drug companies would be announcing "massive" voluntary drug price cuts within two weeks.

French government to cut taxes on businesses, households

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 7:12am

The French government plans to cut taxes by 24.8 billion euros ($29.2 billion) next year in an effort to boost the economy and create more jobs.

New Research Shows Person-Level Data Measurement Critical for Marketers to Reach Their Key Objectives

Marketing Evolution, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 7:02am

and have implemented or intend to adopt person-level customer data programs to ensure the efficacy of their marketing programs. Although marketers have more customer data at their disposal than ever before, the study also found that 71 percent of marketers are hampered by disconnected measurement approaches and tools, a costly inefficiency in a fiercely competitive landscape.

Dense swarm of bats causes flap at Vienna airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 6:49am

Birds are a well-known hazard for airport operators, but Vienna airport officials have had to deal with different winged intruders: a swarm of bats.

EU takes action against UK over customs duties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 6:06am

The European Union is taking further legal steps against Britain over its alleged failure to effectively prevent customs duties fraud, which is hurting the EU's budget.

Reports: Versace on verge of sale to Michael Kors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 5:59am

An Italian newspaper reports that the Versace group is on the verge of announcing its sale to an American company for 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion).

As Venezuelans go hungry, Trump targets food corruption

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 5:45am

The June meeting was conducted behind closed doors far from the klieg-light attention normally focused on Venezuela.

Gaza refugee agency staff on strike over cutbacks, firings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 5:38am

Gaza employees of the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency have suspended services for a day to protest pay cuts and dismissals.

SiriusXM buying Pandora Media in $3.5 billion deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 5:21am

Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it's buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that'll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas.

Iran: US wish to halt Iran's crude exports won't come true

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 5:09am

Iran's oil minister has said the United States will not succeed in its plans to halt Iranian crude exports even as he acknowledged that South Korea has stopped buying oil from Tehran, Iranian media reported on Monday.

Barrick buys Randgold to create world's largest gold miner

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:42am

Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources for $6.1 billion in stock to create the world's largest gold miner, worth a combined $18 billion.

Germany continues evicting protesters from forest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:19am

Authorities in western Germany say they are continuing to evict dozens of environmental protesters from a forest after the operation was suspended last week due to the death of a journalist there.

Why the 'gig' economy may not be the workforce of the future

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:17am

The "gig" economy might not be the new frontier for America's workforce after all.

Why the 'gig' economy may not be the workforce of the future

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:16am

The "gig" economy might not be the new frontier for America's workforce after all.

UK's Labour opposition says it might back new Brexit vote

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 4:03am

Britain's main opposition party took a step at its annual conference toward backing a new referendum on Brexit — but stopped short of saying the vote should include an option not to leave the European Union at all.

Sky shares rally after Comcast wins bidding war

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 3:56am

Shares in Sky plc are up 8.8 percent after Comcast won a bidding war for the British pay TV giant in a weekend auction that pushed the value of the company to almost 30 billion pounds ($39 billion).

German business confidence holds up amid trade worries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 24th - 2:51am

Business confidence in Europe's largest economy fell only slightly in September despite worries about trade disputes that could harm growth.