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  • Albania borrows $150 million to improve power grid

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The World Bank is lending Albania $150 million (€118 million) to help overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for electricity imports from other Balkan states. The Energy Ministry said Tuesday the loan will also be used to boost the efficiency of bill...

  • EU says Ireland grants Apple illegal tax benefits

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition watchdog says tax rebates that Ireland granted iPhone maker Apple appear to amount to illegal state aid and may have to be recouped. Apple Inc. funnels the bulk of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland, where it benefits from...

  • Nature center defends $5,000 gift from Monsanto

    MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — A $5,000 donation from seed giant Monsanto Co. to a nature center in Mystic has drawn criticism from activists who oppose genetically modified food. The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1nDXzm2 ) that Bob Burns, an organic farmer who leads a New London effort...

  • Las Vegas lands 3rd weekly nonstop Swiss flight

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourists flying between Las Vegas and Zurich will have another nonstop flight. Edelweiss Air announced Monday it will add a third weekly nonstop flight starting next June. The Swiss airline first arrived in May at McCarran International Airport with two weekly nonstop flights....

  • Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Natchez

    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy Judge Neil Olack says he will approve the sale of Natchez Regional Medical Center. With the close of the sale, ownership of the hospital will pass from Adams County to Community Health Systems, the national health care giant that is purchasing the...

  • China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

    BEIJING (AP) — China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17. The Ministry of Industry and...

  • UK revises up Q2 economic growth to 0.9 percent

    LONDON (AP) — The U.K. economy grew faster in the second quarter than previously estimated, with official figures revising up the quarter-on-quarter growth rate by 0.1 percentage points to 0.9 percent. The Office for National Statistics revision came at the same time as officials put into place...

  • Eurozone inflation falls to near 5-year low

    LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 18 countries that use the euro dipped further toward zero in September, official figures showed Tuesday, a move that's likely to maintain pressure on the European Central Bank to back further stimulus measures. In its first estimate, the EU's statistics...

  • Tourism exec: Miss. needs to shout its message

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Tourism leaders from across the state are in Biloxi this week and will be joined by Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to address a request for an additional $5 million to market Mississippi as a destination. Bryant will close the Governor's Conference on Tourism at the Beau...

  • Viagra ads target women for 1st time

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed in a tropical...

  • Gov't to reveal drug company payments to doctors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is planning to release data Tuesday on drug and medical device company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors. The goal is to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine. Consumer groups say it's overdue, but doctors' groups...

  • Revel casino auction to continue on Tuesday

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A bankruptcy court auction for Revel, the failed luxury casino-hotel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, is scheduled to resume. An auction that began last Wednesday was suspended due to the approach of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. It will continue on Tuesday. Revel has...

  • Lufthansa long-haul pilots start 15-hour strike

    BERLIN (AP) — Pilots on Lufthansa's long-haul fleet have started a 15-hour walkout at the airline's main Frankfurt hub in a festering contract dispute. The Vereinigung Cockpit union called members out on strike from 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) Tuesday in its fourth limited several-hour walkout over...

  • China manufacturing growth in September low

    BEIJING (AP) — A survey has found China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth. HSBC Corp. said Tuesday its monthly purchasing managers' index stood at 50.2 on a 100-point scale on...

  • Brown says he's likely to sign plastic bag ban

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter. SB270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline for the governor to sign or...



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