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Moving into positive territory ... US job openings surge in June ... McDonald's pushes for growth in China



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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are trying to move into positive territory today, following the market's most recent record highs. Banks and utilities have been some of the biggest gains. At 10:43 a.m. Eastern Time, the S&P 500 was up a fraction of a point at 2,481. The Dow was up 11 points at 22,129. And the Nasdaq was up 1 point at 6,385.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted a record number of open jobs in June, a sign that the solid hiring of recent months will likely continue. The Labor Department says that job openings jumped 8 percent to 6.2 million, the highest on records dating back to 2000. Hiring fell, however, and the number of people quitting their jobs also dropped.

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Firefighters in Nashua (NASH'-oo-ah), New Hampshire, say seven people at a UPS distribution center have been hospitalized for minor respiratory problems after nitric acid leaked from a package and the building was evacuated today. Firefighters and hazardous material crews responded to the center after the leak was reported about 7 a.m.

READINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Business has slowed recently for small airports near President Donald Trump's golf course in New Jersey. Trump is spending 2½ weeks at his New Jersey residence this month, and that means flight restrictions at nearby airports. There's practically no business at all at Solberg-Hunterdon Airport, which is inside a 10-mile no-fly zone required by the Secret Service and federal aviation authorities.

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's will nearly double the number of restaurants in China in the next five years, eventually surpassing Japan as the hamburger chain's second-biggest market outside the U.S. The company expects to have 4,500 restaurants in China by 2022, up from 2,500. With fewer people eating at U.S. locations, it hopes to grow sales in China by double digits in each of the next five years.

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