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  • Michigan inmates may get costly hepatitis C drug

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new hepatitis C treatment that costs $1,000 pill is expected to be available to Michigan inmates. The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1xDUFwj ) the Michigan Department of Corrections 2015 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1, includes $4.4 million for the drug, which...

  • Baton Rouge-area among tops for construction jobs

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Large amounts of construction in the Baton Rouge area has led the region to be named among the top gainers in the nation for new construction jobs. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1uI5Yr4) the recognition was announced Wednesday in a report issued by...

  • Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster. A document released by the panel on Thursday showed it voted in favor of indicting...

  • Volkswagen 2nd quarter profit up but revenue slips

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, says its net income rose 14.1 percent in the second quarter although revenues slipped even as unit sales pushed higher. Volkswagen AG said its profit in the April-June period was 3.25 billion euros ($4.35 billion), up from 2.85...

  • Ailing Portuguese bank's shares sink after losses

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Shares in troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo have plunged by more than 50 percent in volatile early trading on the Lisbon stock exchange a day after it reported a record half-year loss of 3.58 billion euros ($4.8 billion). The bank's share price, which four...

  • Lloyds reports big drop in profits amid charges

    LONDON (AP) — The part-nationalized Lloyds Banking Group says its six-month net profit more than halved to 699 million pounds ($1.45 billion) after it put aside another 600 million pounds to cover the cost of improperly sold payment protection insurance. The group said Thursday the profit fell...

  • Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos

    PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay out nearly 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to shareholders of Yukos, the oil producer that the government had dismantled over a decade ago. Thursday's ruling said Russia must produce a plan to distribute the funds within...

  • Samsung earns $6.1 billion, shares plunge

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung earned $6.1 billion last quarter but investors were dissatisfied, sending its share price down 4 percent. The panoply of numbers in its earnings report for the April-June quarter show why. — MONEY SPINNER MALFUNCTIONS Last quarter Samsung sold 18 million fewer...

  • Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

    TOKYO (AP) — American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the...

  • German jobless rate edges up to 6.6 pct in July

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's jobless rate has edged up to 6.6 percent in July on an expected seasonal rise as students register as unemployed, but the underlying trend in Europe's biggest economy remained positive. The Federal Labor Agency said Thursday the unadjusted jobless rate was up from 6.5...

  • Nokia in wireless network deal with Panasonic

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish wireless equipment maker Nokia says it has a preliminary agreement to acquire part of the wireless network business of Japan's Panasonic Corp. No financial value for the deal was given. Nokia said Thursday that the two companies aim to finalize the deal by September and...

  • Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money. The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring contractors to divulge any labor violations in the past three years when...

  • Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail

    NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy. A midnight Wednesday deadline to reach a deal with holdout...

  • Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    BEIJING (AP) — Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day. That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC's quality control is struggling to keep up. The Louisville, Kentucky-based chain is reeling...

  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they...



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