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  • Lew gets more than 1 million comments on currency redesign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday he's gotten more than a million responses to his request for comments on how U.S. currency should be redesigned and recommendations for what woman should become the first female on U.S. paper money in more than a century. Lew said it has been a "remarkable outpouring" of everything...

  • Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real. The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Once the animal actors retire, he brings them home to join his 30 dogs, one cat, farm animals and singing macaw that...

  • IMF's Lagarde: World economy fragile, faces downside risks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks." In an online press conference Wednesday, Lagarde described the United States "a strong performer" and China "resilient" despite a recent drop in Chinese stock prices. She also expressed...

  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a...

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

    2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD LTZ BASE PRICE: $49,000 for RWD LS; $52,000 for 4WD LS; $54,204 for RWD LT; $57,205 for 4WD LT; $63,785 for RWD LTZ; $66,785 for 4WD LTZ. PRICE AS TESTED: $72,530. TYPE: Front-engine, four-wheel drive, seven-passenger, large sport utility vehicle. ENGINE: 5.3-liter, overhead valve, direct injection, Ecotec V8...

  • Bigger is better in 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

    Bigger is better this year in Chevrolet's largest sport utility vehicle, the Suburban. The expansive, 19-foot-long vehicle was refreshed for its 80th year on the market, with more engine power, best-in-class fuel economy, more features, a surprisingly quiet interior and more comfortable — and larger, of course— seats. It was restyled, too,...

  • Charges dropped against Chinese woman in trade secrets case

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against the wife of a Chinese billionaire accused of taking part in a scheme to steal trade secrets from U.S. corn companies. The order signed Tuesday instructs the government to return Mo Yun's passport, meaning she can return to China. Investigators allege that Mo, her brother and five...

  • Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry'

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. The VR company, which Facebook acquired for nearly $2 billion last year, debuted a 10-minute narrative experience starring the lonely...

  • Better economy spurs Altria cigarette sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — A better economy is prompting smokers to buy more cigarettes, even as prices climb. This helped Marlboro maker Altria in its second quarter. The uptick in cigarettes sold is unusual at a time when tobacco companies have routinely seen declines, as people smoke fewer cigarettes because of tax increases, smoking bans and...

  • US pending home sales slip in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index declined 1.8 percent to 110.3 last month. Still, strong demand from would-be...

  • Insurer Anthem hikes 2015 forecast, 2Q earnings climb

    Anthem has pumped up its 2015 forecast again after earnings jumped more than 17 percent in its most recent quarter, helped by a surge in government money. The Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier now expects 2015 adjusted earnings to top $10 per share, which is up from an upgraded forecast in April to greater than $9.90 per share. Analysts expect...

  • Mylan gets European clearance in proposed Perrigo takeover

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan NV said Wednesday that it received European regulatory approval to move forward with its proposed buyout of Perrigo Co., which has resisted repeated overtures. In April, the generic drugmaker raised its offer for Perrigo to $232.23, or about $34.1 billion, in cash and stock. But Dublin-based Perrigo, which makes...

  • Lockheed reduces lay-off projections for Colorado Springs workers

    Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday it sent out just 115 layoff notices to employees in Colorado Springs due to "a change in business projections." The defense giant had initially planned to tell 270 local employees they would lose their jobs in September when a key contract ends and moves to Raytheon Co., unless the Government Accountability...

  • US stocks edge higher in early trading; Goodyear gains

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as Goodyear and other companies report strong results. Health care stocks were among the biggest winners Wednesday. Gilead Sciences climbed 5 percent after reporting a surge in sales. The drug maker raised its full-year sales forecast for the second time. Twitter sank 10 percent after...

  • MasterCard 2Q profit slips and revenue falls short

    PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — MasterCard Inc. on Wednesday said that its second-quarter profit edged down 1 percent as a strong dollar weighed on the company's results. The payment processor earned $921 million, down from $931 million a year earlier. On a per-share basis, it earned 81 cents per share. Excluding a legal settlement, earnings were 85...

  • Correction: Lake Erie Algae story

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — In a story July 28 about toxins in lakes, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the affiliation of Milt Miller. He is restoration manager for Grand Lake St. Marys, not Lake Erie. A corrected version of the story is below: Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis Ohio city detects toxins in Lake...

  • PG&E beats 2Q profit forecasts

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PCG) on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $406 million. The San Francisco-based company said it had profit of 83 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 91 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four...

  • Mini recalls about 35K cars to bolster side crash resistance

    DETROIT (AP) — Mini is recalling about 35,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because they don't meet side-impact crash-test requirements. The recall includes certain Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop two-door cars from 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop two-door. The company owned by BMW says that if crash-test requirements...

  • US strength helps Goodyear top expectations

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Wednesday reported a drop in second-quarter profit as a strong U.S. dollar cut into international sales, but the results beat Wall Street expectations. The tire maker's profit fell 9.9 percent to $192 million, or 70 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 84 cents...

  • Exelon beats 2Q profit forecasts

    CHICAGO (AP) — Exelon Corp. (EXC) on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $638 million. The Chicago-based company said it had net income of 74 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 59 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by...

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