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  • Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers. Environmental authorities have ordered a full inspection of Grupo...

  • Correction: Emirates-Terrorism Law story

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a story Aug. 20 about a new counter-terrorism law in the United Arab Emirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gulf researcher Nicholas McGeehan works for Amnesty International. He works for Human Rights Watch.

  • Unexpected summer blockbuster: Chinese stock funds

    NEW YORK (AP) — Surprise: One of the summer's hottest investments was also one of the most anxiety-inducing a few months earlier. Dollars are pouring into China again despite worries about the country's slowing economic growth. Chinese stock mutual funds have returned an average of 12.5 percent...

  • Nebraska State Fair opens Friday in Grand Island

    The Nebraska State Fair opens Friday and runs through Sept. 1. This is the event's fifth year in its new home of Grand Island. Here are some things to know about the fair: FISHY FUN: The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is bringing back an aquarium for the first time since the last fair in...

  • Michigan's unemployment rate up 0.7 points in July

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say the state's unemployment rate rose 0.7 percentage points in the latest month, calling it a reflection of normal seasonal changes in the job market. The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget said Thursday that the state's seasonally...

  • Milwaukee Tool to add up to 126 jobs

    GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is expanding its Greenwood operation and is adding as many as 126 jobs in the coming months. The announcement came during Tuesday's meeting of the Greenwood City Council. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1AASBse ) Milwaukee...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • TVA board votes to retire Memphis coal plant

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Thursday to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and replace it with a natural-gas facility, marking another step by the nation's largest utility to reduce its reliance on coal. CEO Bill Johnson said the $975...

  • Michigan regional unemployment rates for July

    Michigan's major labor market areas, their seasonally unadjusted jobless rates for July, followed by June: ___ — Michigan, 8.6 percent, compared with 7.9 percent. — Ann Arbor, 6.3 percent, compared with 5.7 percent. — Battle Creek, 7.4 percent, compared with 6.7 percent. — Bay City, 8.3...

  • Hormel Foods and Hertz are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Hormel Foods Corp., up $2.06 to $49.92 The maker of Spam and Dinty Moore stew reported a 21 percent jump in quarterly profit, topping Wall Street...

  • Economy slowing down in rural parts of 10 states

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices are expected to continue declining this...

  • Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water,...

  • Tit for Tat? McDonald's Shuttered in Moscow

    Russia's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Ural region one day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. Customers are wondering if it's food safety or international politics. (Aug. 21) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Moscow -...

  • Ford recalling more than 160,000 vehicles

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem. Ford also is...

  • S&P 500 closes at a record; Hewlett-Packard gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another round of buying on the stock market is sending the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its latest record high. Traders were encouraged by earnings gains and a decline last week in the number of people applying for unemployment benefits. The S&P 500 rose five points, or 0.3...



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