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US stocks open lower as investors consider job numbers
U.S. stocks opened lower Friday after a mixed U.S. jobs report left investors uncertain about the outlook for the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy.
Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards
Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.
General Mills selling Green Giant, Le Sueur for $765M
General Mills is selling its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods Inc. for about $765 million in cash.
VW finance chief set to become new chairman
Volkswagen says its chief financial officer, Hans Dieter Poetsch, is set to become its new chairman.
Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme
Prosecutors have charged three people with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme they say was built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel that they never developed.
Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.
Modigliani nude masterpiece could bring $100M at NY auction
A painting of a female nude by Amedeo Modigliani (ah-mah-DAY'-oh moh-deel-YAH'-nee) that caused a scandal nearly a century ago is going on the auction block for the first time ever.
Production of Ovation guitars resuming
A factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will be making the renowned instruments once again, thanks to factory employees' efforts.
4 men accused of stealing nearly 1,200 student laptops
A pair of brothers and two other men have been accused of stealing nearly 1,200 laptops bound for public school students in New Jersey.
Asian stocks rise amid China holiday, get Wall Street perk
Asian stocks rose Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a sharp sell-off and as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets.
As ECB weighs policy, figures show euro economy holding up
As policymakers at the European Central Bank consider whether to boost their stimulus program for the eurozone, reports showed Thursday that the currency zone's economy held up better than many had expected over the summer months.
SodaStream chief accuses boycotters of anti-Semitism
The chief executive of SodaStream is accusing his company's critics of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.
Court sides with Uber drivers to expand case over pay
A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case.
Volkswagen CEO to have contract extended to 2018
Top directors of Volkswagen AG plan to give a two-year contract extension CEO Martin Winterkorn, who emerged on top of a power struggle earlier this year with company patriarch Ferdinand Piech.
Toy maker Lego sees strong growth, profit in all regions
Lego says its popular multi-colored toy blocks were in strong demand in the first half of the year, resulting in good growth in profits and revenue and an upbeat outlook for the full year.
Woman wins $250K in McDonald's sweepstakes game
A Mississippi woman has won $250,000 playing a McDonald's sweepstakes game.
Blue Bell's Broken Arrow facility resumes production
Blue Bell Creameries has resumed production at its Broken Arrow facility a day after the company's products returned to select locations in Texas and Alabama.
Amazon adds more Dash buttons after rollout
Amazon's futuristic "Dash" buttons appear here to stay.
North America's tallest peak shorter in new measurement
North America's tallest mountain just got a shorter name. Now it has a shorter elevation.
New collars monitor pets for pain, problems
You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals' physical activity.
News Corp confirms return of Rebekah Brooks in top role
News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks is back the top spot in London more than a year after she was acquitted of charges in a hacking scandal that shocked the U.K.
US bank earnings up 7.3 percent in 1st Qtr
U.S. banks' earnings jumped 7.3 percent in the April-June period from a year earlier as revenues increased and the volume of soured loans banks had to write off fell to the lowest level since before the financial crisis.
Report: Malware targeting Android smartphones on the rise
Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought.
US factories grow in August at slowest pace since May 2013
A private survey finds that growth in US manufacturing slowed last month to the lowest pace in more than two years.
Growers see strong apple-picking season in region
As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop.
Nestle: Forced labor has no place in our food supply chain
Nestle says "forced labor has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food.
Cost, length of Exxon's cleanup still unclear after deal
The $225 million settlement between ExxonMobil and New Jersey reached this week confirms the oil giant must clean up more than 1,500 contaminated properties from gas stations to refineries.
General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts
General Mills says it's eager to do its part to fight climate change, so it's setting a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent over the next decade — from farm to fork to landfill.
'Compton' tops box office for 3rd week; 'War Room' surprises
"Straight Outta Compton" marked three consecutive weekends atop the box office, while the Christian drama "War Room" proved an unexpected success.
Michelin recalls truck, RV tires prone to rupturing
Michelin is recalling around 104,000 BF Goodrich tires used for light trucks and recreational vehicles because the sidewalls can rupture under severe use conditions.
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