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  • EU-Canada trade deal has been finalized

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A major trade agreement with Canada has the backing of all 28 EU countries after last minute opposition from Germany had threatened to scuttle the deal, European Union leaders said Friday. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President...

  • Nevada gambling revenue down 4 percent in August

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada gambling revenue fell nearly 4 percent in August, bedeviled by the baccarat table game. Casinos brought in $920 million in August, down from $955 million a year ago, Nevada Gaming Control Board officials said Friday. Not to panic, said agency analyst Michael Lawton....

  • US stocks end rocky week with a surge; Nike gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing out a turbulent week with a solid gain. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 167 points, or 1 percent, to 17,113 Friday, making up much of its loss from the day before. Nike soared 12 percent, the most in the Dow, after reporting higher earnings. The...

  • Stocks rise at the end of a rough week; Nike jumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market bounced back Friday as investors welcomed good news on the U.S. economy at the end of a turbulent week of trading. Nike jumped after turning in higher profits, leading the Dow Jones industrial average higher. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow was up 178 points, or 1.1...

  • Texas energy company to close Oklahoma City office

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Houston-based energy company plans to close its office in Oklahoma City and eliminate up to 97 full-time jobs. The Oklahoman reported (http://bit.ly/ZYci09 ) Friday that HighMount Exploration and Production LLC announced the plans in a letter to the Oklahoma Commerce...

  • Hawaii gas stations, stores sold to Texas company

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's largest independent gasoline operator is being sold to a Texas company for $240 million. Houston-based Susser Petroleum MLP said Thursday it will buy Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha has nearly 100 gas stations and is one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii...

  • Why rate hikes are good news for stocks

    NEW YORK (AP) — It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors. The Fed's unprecedented economic stimulus has in large part driven a surge in stock prices since 2009. The central bank has bought trillions of dollars of bonds and kept short-term...

  • GDP rebounds, rising 4.6 percent

    The economy grew at a 4.6 percent clip in the second quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday, rebounding from a decline of 2.1 percent in the first quarter.

  • Williams-Sonoma adding 900 jobs in Miss.

    OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Williams-Sonoma Inc. is adding 900 jobs in an expansion of its distribution center in northwest Mississippi. The announcement came Friday during a ceremony at the plant in Olive Branch, Mississippi, attended by Gov. Phil Bryant and officials with Williams-Sonoma. The...

  • Asia stocks down after Wall Street stumbles

    HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks sank Friday after Wall Street had its worst day since July, with benchmarks weighed down by uninspiring U.S. economic data and Apple's iPhone software glitch. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 1 percent to 16,212.07 and South Korea's Kospi lost 0.3...

  • Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

    NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By the end of the year, up to 30 states could have an average gasoline...

  • Postal Service ordered to hire 9,000 more people

    The U.S. Postal Service must hire 9,000 employees over the next three months to staff regional part-time post offices as part of a settlement it negotiated with the American Postal Workers Union.

  • Newport rejects agreement with casino developers

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Newport City Council has rejected an agreement with developers of a proposed full-fledged casino at Newport Grand that would have provided an additional $1 million payment to the city. State legislation putting the casino question on the Nov. 4 ballot would allow...

  • Worst drop for stocks since July as Apple sinks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A swoon in technology stocks left the market with its worst drop since July. Apple sank nearly 4 percent after the company pulled a software update for the iPhone after users complained that they weren't able to make calls. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 264 points,...

  • Jobless rates drop in all 120 Kentucky counties

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — All 120 Kentucky counties experienced drops in unemployment rates between August 2013 and 2014 — the first across-the-board decline on record and another indication that the state's economy is recovering from the Great Recession, a state economist said Thursday. "The...



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