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Trump to promote job training at White House event

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:13pm

President Donald Trump is asking U.S. companies and trade associations to sign onto a pledge to give students and workers more job training and skills development opportunities in the face of impending automation.

Gov't report accuses agency of inadequate recall monitoring

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:04pm

An investigation has found that the U.S. government's highway safety agency failed to act quickly on a consumer complaint, and that could have delayed recalls of dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:03pm

Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge to the law by merchants and the beverage industry.

Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:00pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

AmEx 2Q profits rise, but there are worry spots on lending

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:29pm

American Express said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 21 percent from a year ago, as the credit card giant saw more customers spending on its namesake cards and a much lower tax rate.

Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:26pm

An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it.

United Airlines stock soars on more upbeat 2018 forecast

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:19pm

United Airlines had its best day on the stock market in two years — pulling other airlines along in its slipstream — after saying it can cover most of the increase in fuel prices.

US coal ash pollution rules eased after industry balks

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:11pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama.

A nonbinding immigration bill becomes campaign battlefield

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:57pm

Republicans and Democrats competed to make immigration an election-year issue on their own terms as the GOP pushed symbolic legislation through the House Wednesday extolling a federal law enforcement agency that some liberals have proposed abolishing.

United Continental and Grainger rise; Devon Energy skids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:30pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:

165-year-old newspaper vows to publish despite office fire

David Jordan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:29pm

A newspaper that has published every week since its founding in 1853 but recently lost its office in a fire has vowed it will publish this week's issue, too.

US stocks edge higher as airlines, railroads and banks jump

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:29pm

Big gains for banks and transportation companies like airlines and railroads took U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Wednesday. Other parts of the market didn't move much.

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

Ryan Nakashima and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:27pm

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

Court backs insurer: No $300K payout in head-on crash

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:14pm

An insurance company refused to pay $300,000 in a head-on crash that killed a Michigan man and his mother after a doctor came up with a key conclusion: Robert Krugman likely drifted out of his lane because of a heart attack.

Markets Right Now: Airlines, banks lead US stocks higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:09pm

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

Soy "milk" makers may need to find alternative description

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:03pm

Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as "milk" may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term.

Frustrated US lawmakers threaten action on Trump's tariffs

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:58pm

Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs.

Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:49pm

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the central bank has tools it can use to cushion the potential economic fallout from a trade war. But he told Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply.

The Latest: GOP using immigration vote to slam Democrats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:35pm

The Latest on congressional immigration proposals (all times local):