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  • Hong Kong protests hit city's role as finance hub

    HONG KONG (AP) — Shops in Hong Kong have closed and the local stock market has plunged but protesters are gambling their agitation for greater democracy will pay off by preserving institutions that made this former British colony a profitable asset to China. The impact on Hong Kong's key...

  • Samsung China supplier sues US labor watchdog

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report. The lawsuit against China Labor Watch was filed in a...

  • Manager to resume Detroit bankruptcy testimony

    DETROIT (AP) — Emergency manager Kevyn Orr is due back on the witness stand in Detroit's multibillion-dollar bankruptcy trial. Testimony is scheduled to resume Thursday morning before federal Judge Steven Rhodes. A lawyer for the city questioned Orr on Wednesday on the physical condition of...

  • New EU economy chief vows tough budget oversight

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's incoming economy chief, Pierre Moscovici, vowed Thursday to be an impartial and tough enforcer of the bloc's deficit rules even though he failed to implement them as French finance minister. France has missed several deadlines to bring its budget deficit...

  • European Central Bank to detail stimulus plan

    NAPLES, Italy (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is expected Thursday to underline the bank's willingness to deploy more economic stimulus measures, a stance that could send the euro skidding even lower. And a drop in the currency — which helps eurozone exporters and could nudge up...

  • Gov't website for doc payments not up to snuff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's new "Open Payments" website is intended to let you find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers. But it doesn't make it easy. For now, the website lacks a "Find Your...

  • Asian stocks down on recovery, Ebola worries

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday amid worries about the strength of U.S. and European recoveries and the first American case of Ebola. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 1.7 percent to 15,815.45 points and South Korea's Kospi fell 0.9 percent to 1,973.31....

  • Guilty plea set in $7.5 million Miami Heat fraud

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man preparing to plead guilty in a multimillion-dollar scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself wants to take responsibility for his actions and move on. The government alleges that Haider Zafar (HY'-dur ZAH'-fahr) defrauded players Mike Miller,...

  • Obama to speak about economy at Northwestern U.

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to frame the closing economic arguments of the midterm campaign with a speech at Northwestern University. The speech Thursday is designed to let voters know that he hasn't forgotten about their financial struggles despite weeks of being consumed...

  • Philips loses $467M patent suit to US competitor

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Philips NV says it will book a $467 million (366 million-euro) charge in the third quarter after losing a patent lawsuit to smaller U.S. competitor Masimo Corp. Irvine, California-based Masimo sued in 2009, saying Philips' health care division had used Masimo-patented...

  • Computer coding event announced at IdeaFestival

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky science and education leaders have announced an effort to promote the value of computer science education. The idea is to encourage students to participate in learning computer code through exercises available online and other places. The effort is in conjunction...

  • Judge's ruling strikes at pension fund's sanctity

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has struck a blow against the sanctity of public pensions in California by ruling that U.S. bankruptcy law permits the city of Stockton to treat pension fund obligations like other debts, allowing the city to cut benefits. Stockton argued that it must...

  • Firm says phone apps spy on Hong Kong protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm said. The applications are disguised as tools created by activists, said the firm, Lacoon Mobile Security. It said that once downloaded, they give an...

  • Germany's Rocket Internet makes bumpy market debut

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's Rocket Internet AG, which specializes in launching e-commerce startups, has made a bumpy market debut — with its shares falling on their first day of trading in Frankfurt. Rocket was the second German tech company in as many days to hit the market in...

  • More labor talks set at Illinois Honeywell plant

    METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — Contract talks meant to end a lockout of union-backed workers at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel are scheduled to resume. WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/1rIqTqZ) reports that bargaining involving the Honeywell plant in the city of Metropolis in Massac...



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