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  • European Central Bank in database security breach

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Central Bank says contact data have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it's stressing that no internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised. The Frankfurt-based central bank for the 18 nations that share the euro said...

  • LG Electronics says 2Q profit more than doubled

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. says its quarterly profit more than doubled as its mobile division ended three quarters of losses. The South Korean consumer electronics company said Thursday its net income for the April-June quarter was 411.8 billion won ($400 million), compared...

  • UN agency rankings of humanity's progress

    In its annual report on human development, the United Nations Development Program ranks 187 countries based on measures such as the health and longevity of their people, education and income, and personal security. Since 1990, those measures have been compiled into the agency's index of human...

  • UN human development report faults inequality

    TOKYO (AP) — Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its...

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors' coins that restore the...

  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

    BERLIN (AP) — Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was suspending its...

  • South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters. The finance ministry said government spending would increase by 11.7 trillion won ($11.4 billion)....

  • Farm bank donates $10 billion for rural projects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bank that serves farmers and agribusiness is donating $10 billion to spur private investment in rural America. The White House is announcing the money Thursday as part of a rural conference it is holding this week. Colorado-based CoBank is part of a network of banks that...

  • New Zealand raises interest rate to 3.5 percent

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signaled a pause in its program of rate hikes. The announcement prompted a sharp drop in the New Zealand dollar, which was trading down nearly 1 percent at $0.8625. New Zealand has...

  • China factory index at 18-month high in July

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold. The preliminary HSBC purchasing managers' index rose to 52.0 in July from 50.7 in June on a 100-point...

  • Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday. Japan's bulging import bill was partly due to a jump in demand as businesses and...

  • Detroit Land Bank's occupied homes pose challenge

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Land Bank Authority hopes to come up with a plan later this year on how to deal with homes it is trying to sell that are occupied, officials said. An analysis by The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1qzAS34 ) of data from the city's blight-removal task force found about...

  • Slow public alert on Williston fire raises concern

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When Aaron Volesky heard what he thought was thunder and walked outside his Williston home early Tuesday morning he thought it was odd that there were no storm clouds in the air. It wasn't thunder he heard. An explosion and fire at an oil field service supply company...

  • Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers sale

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be...

  • Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of...



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    Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s...

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