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New York eyes 'textalyzer' to bust drivers using phones

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

Police in New York state may soon have a high-tech way of catching texting drivers: a device known as a "textalyzer" that allows an officer to quickly check if a phone has been in use before a crash.

FBI investigating death from domestic dispute on cruise ship

Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

The FBI is investigating the death of a Utah woman stemming from a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship traveling in U.S. waters off Alaska.

Gains for AT&T and Boeing help lift US stock indexes higher

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

U.S. stocks edged further into record territory Wednesday. Boeing and AT&T rose sharply after posting strong second-quarter results. Energy companies rose with the price of oil. Treasury yields took a step backward after the Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady.

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Now hiring at Amazon: Thousands of people in 1 day

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S.

Whole Foods' key sales dip shows Amazon buying a fixer-upper

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

Amazon is set to have a fixer-upper on its hands, with Whole Foods reporting another key sales decline.

Fed leaves rates alone but moves closer to selling off bonds

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:52pm

The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged at a time when inflation remains persistently low. But it signaled Wednesday that it's edging closer to gradually shrinking its bond holdings, a step that would likely boost long-term borrowing rates including mortgages.

Senate GOP consider a "skinny" version of health care bill

Stephen Ohlemacher and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:31pm

Republican senators were looking to go skinny Wednesday as they struggled to repeal key parts of former President Barack Obama's health law.

VW directors mull cartel claims, no comment on details

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:31pm

Automaker Volkswagen says its management has informed its supervisory board about "the current situation regarding possible cartel law issues" following a report that Germany's biggest car makers colluded for years over diesel technology and other issues.

Daines backs Yellowstone protections, not Tester's bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:18pm

Republican Sen. Steve Daines says he opposes mining in some areas outside Yellowstone National Park but stopped short of endorsing proposed legislation on the matter from a fellow Montana lawmaker.

Colombia's Avianca halts Venezuela flights, citing security

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:11pm

Colombia's flagship airline is suspending all flights to neighboring Venezuela, citing security concerns.

The Latest: Sanctions measure hits snag in Senate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:11pm

The Latest on House passage of legislation placing additional sanctions on Russia (all times local):

Invitation: Trump to announce Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:02pm

Wisconsin has won the fight to build the first U.S. assembly plant for electronics giant Foxconn in a project that's expected to result in billions of dollars in investment in the state and create thousands of jobs in the congressional district of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:02pm

After three months of extensive maintenance and conservation work, a 107-year-old battleship returned Wednesday to its berth in Athens, where it serves as a floating museum.

Trump choice for Fed could prove to be key friend for banks

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

President Donald Trump's choice of a key player in his drive to scale back financial rules would likely push to relax regulations on community banks, ease restrictions on some speculative trading and soften annual tests of big banks' health.

Ford's 2Q profit better than expected despite CEO turmoil

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:51am

Ford Motor Co. had a better-than-expected second quarter despite lower sales and upheaval in its executive ranks.

Boeing beats 2Q profit forecasts, raises full-year outlook

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:51am

Boeing reported higher-than-expected earnings for the second quarter despite lower revenue, and it raised its forecast for full-year profit on Wednesday, sending both the aircraft maker's stock and the Dow higher.

West Virginia orders halt to Rover Pipeline segments

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:41am

State environmental authorities have ordered a halt to Rover Pipeline construction in places where it found permit violations damaging streams in northern West Virginia.

Coke Zero gets makeover as Coke Zero Sugar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:41am

Coke Zero is getting revamped as Coke Zero Sugar.

Trump assails GOP senator who opposed health care bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:41am

President Donald Trump accused Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, of disappointing the country by opposing the GOP effort to demolish the Obama health care law, after initial votes demonstrated the party will be hard pressed to make any sweeping changes in the statute.