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  • Alabama Power reducing coal use at 3 plants

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Power Co. said Friday it will reduce or end coal use at three generating plants because of federal environmental rules as it spends $1 billion to meet new air emission rules. The utility said it will close two coal-fired generating units at Plant Gorgas in Walker...

  • Christie creates panel to study pension overhaul

    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is looking outside his administration for solutions to the state's budget woes. Christie signed an executive order Friday convening a nonpartisan blue ribbon commission assigned to produce recommendations for tackling the state's rising pension and...

  • US auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts

    DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July. Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent. Of major automakers, only Honda and Volkswagen saw declines....

  • Autos and construction fuel US job growth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers helped drive hiring in July. In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report released Friday. That increase accounted for more than half the 28,000...

  • US job gains are bypassing many 25-to-34 year-olds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have gone on a hiring spree this year, but America's 25- to-34-year-olds are hardly among the biggest beneficiaries. These workers — increasing equipped with college and advance degrees — represent the future of the U.S. economy. But overall hiring has failed to...

  • New Mexico film industry expects a busy summer

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Film Office says another project is coming to the state, bringing to 10 the number of movies and television shows currently being produced in New Mexico. Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the feature "Kepler's Dream" will film in Albuquerque...

  • Obama: Economy stronger, Congress could do more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder." Obama is praising the July hiring and advances by the U.S. economy. The president cites new data showing that employers added 209,000 jobs last month — the sixth...

  • Concerts on Yahoo make best of industry struggles

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band in mid-July, offers free,...

  • Google confirms it sold barge docked in Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Google Inc. is confirming that the barge it docked in Maine has been sold. The barge carries dozens of old shipping containers that were joined to create a four-story building. Google envisioned it as one of three floating retail stores. The Portland Press Herald says an...

  • Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said Friday as they opened a rare case seeking criminal punishment for corporate workers over food poisoning....

  • Billionaire now owns all of Lanai's hotel rooms

    LANAI CITY, Hawaii (AP) — Billionaire Larry Ellison has purchased the historic Hotel Lanai for an undisclosed price. The deal that closed July 7 now makes Ellison the owner of every hotel room on the island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://ow.ly/zQLTQ ) reported. Mary Charles' Lanai...

  • US judge scolds Argentina over debt crisis remarks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. federal judge Friday urged Argentina to resume negotiations "as promptly as possible" to resolve its debt crisis and said the South American nation's officials must stop publicly uttering what he described as "half-truths" that mislead people about its legal obligations....

  • With vote for Chrysler merger, Fiat looks abroad

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Fiat shareholders voted Friday overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad. The approval paves the way the new company, to be called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV,...

  • Procter & Gamble to slim down product lineup

    NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble is about to shrink. The world's largest consumer products maker said it will jettison more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, leaving it with about 70 to 80 of its top performers when the nips and tucks are complete. The maker of...

  • Clorox 4Q profit falls, overseas sales drop

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Clorox's fiscal fourth-quarter profit declined 7 percent, as foreign currency fluctuations weighed on its sales overseas. The consumer product maker's results missed analysts' expectations. The Oakland, California-based company said net income fell to $170 million, or...



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