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  • Global cruise lines set sail for China

    HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air. What's also a surprise is the vessel's intended home...

  • Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday. It was the 25th straight monthly trade deficit for the world's...

  • Rally, prayer service for soon-to-close casinos

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of workers who will lose their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close in the next few weeks are looking for some divine intervention. Employees of Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza will hold a rally Wednesday night followed by a prayer...

  • Bloomberg offers grants to help cities innovate

    NEW YORK (AP) — American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation. Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday is announcing that it's putting $45 million into Innovation...

  • Eastern European woes weigh on Carlsberg profits

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg says uncertainty in its eastern European and vast Russian market continued to weigh on its financial performance during the second-quarter of the year. Carlsberg said Wednesday net profit grew slightly to 2.2 billion kroner ($39.4 million), up...

  • Heineken reports sales, profit drop in first half

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings showing a small drop in both revenues and profits — but says its underlying performance was good. Net profit was 631 million euros ($840 million), from 639 million euros in the same period a year ago....

  • Indiana updates job search app for iPhone

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State technology officials are hoping that their updated smartphone app will make it easier for people seeking work with the state. The Indiana Office of Technology announced Tuesday it was releasing a new version of the app for iPhones and iPads that would make it easier to...

  • Global stocks drift amid wait for US Fed signs

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks got a slight boost from Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slipped 0.3 percent to 4,243.93 and Germany's DAX...

  • Some Bank of England board members seek rate hike

    LONDON (AP) — Consensus among policymakers at the Bank of England has been shattered, with two of nine members of the monetary policy committee voting to increase interest rates from a record low of 0.5 percent. Minutes published Wednesday for the July meeting showed policymakers breaking ranks...

  • China fines 12 Japanese firms in auto price probe

    BEIJING (AP) — China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. Beijing has launched a series of investigations of global automakers and technology...

  • NYC's Met opera still negotiating with 10 unions

    NEW YORK (AP) — Contract negotiations are continuing between New York's Metropolitan Opera and 10 of its unions to avert a lockout. Shortly before a 12:01 a.m. Wednesday deadline, Met spokesman Sam Neuman said there was "nothing to report" about ongoing talks with unions representing...

  • Asia stocks make slight gains, await Yellen speech

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.1 percent at 25,154.62 while Japan's Nikkei 225 was little changed at...

  • US safety agency offers online recall check

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their...

  • Anna Nicole Smith's estate loses bid for millions

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The estate of Anna Nicole Smith has failed in its final bid to obtain her late husband's money, seven years after the death of the Playboy model and reality TV star. A federal judge in Orange County on Monday rejected the effort to obtain about $44 million from the...

  • Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said...



From the Weekly Standard

  • An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

    The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on...

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  • IS Threatens Another U.S. Journalist

    The Islamic State’s official media arm, Furqan Media, has just released a video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley. The terrorist organization claims that the...

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  • Fear Itself

    Julie Gunlock is one mother who’ll welcome the return of pink slime. As the Wall Street Journal reported recently, the beef product processed from scraps left over from butchered cattle all but...

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