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  • Samsung phones cleared for US government use

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says some of its Galaxy mobile devices were approved to use with classified U.S. government networks and data. The South Korean company said Tuesday the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 and seven other smartphones or tablets became the first consumer devices validated by a partnership between the...

  • Review: Apple Pay in action

    NEW YORK (AP) — If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I'll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won't be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple's new payments system brings us much closer. There were a few unexpected steps...

  • The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture...

  • Asian stocks drift after China growth slows

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted lower Tuesday after China reported its weakest economic growth in five years while Japan's benchmark dropped as investors cashed in gains from a 4 percent surge the previous day. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 1.7 percent at 14,862.49 following Monday's rally, which was fueled by...

  • Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card. But don't leave your wallet or purse behind quite yet: Despite a few dozen retail chains pledging support for...

  • A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

    More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

  • America says no to cappuccino potato chips

    NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million...

  • Asian stocks meander after China growth slows

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets shrugged off China's weakest economic growth in five years, finding a silver lining in the fact it didn't slow as much as feared. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.4 percent at 1,219.29 after soaring 4 percent Monday on expectations of government pension fund buying of shares. Hong Kong's Hang Seng...

  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach multiyear deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group remain in a months-long standoff, but the online retailer has reached a multiyear agreement with another major New York publisher, Simon & Schuster. Amazon and Simon & Schuster both expressed satisfaction Monday with the deal, which covers both print and digital books. Exact terms of the...

  • Microsoft's Nadella gets $84M pay package

    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth $84.3 million, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards. A regulatory document filed Monday shows Nadella got a salary for the fiscal year that ended June 30 of $918,917 and a $3.6 million bonus. He also was given stock awards worth nearly $79.8...

  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income...

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple's 3Q beat

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPhone again proved to be the engine behind Apple's blockbuster financial performance, driving quarterly results well past expectations. Excitement for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models sparked sales of 39.3 million iPhones in the last quarter — a record for the months of July through September — and made up for more...

  • Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties. Syngenta sued Bunge in 2011, claiming it...

  • US airlines raise base fares on domestic flights

    DALLAS (AP) — U.S. airlines are raising base fares on many domestic flights even though they are getting a windfall from lower fuel prices. JetBlue Airways raised fares by $4 per round trip on a small number of routes Thursday, and Delta Air Lines picked up and greatly expanded the breadth of the increase, according to FareCompare.com CEO Rick...

  • UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

    DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, Detroit's officials said the two lawyers' actions and conclusions were...

  • AbbVie to pay Shire $1.64B fee over nixed merger

    NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee. The two companies said Monday that they deal was off following the decision last week by AbbVie's board to withdraw support from the proposed acquisition. Shire had...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have...

  • Pro leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court Monday to stop New Jersey's plan to allow legal sports betting beginning this weekend, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games. The leagues filed a motion in federal court in Trenton seeking an...

  • Report on whistleblower is inconclusive

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy's inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the documents needed in the investigation. Donna Busche was fired in February after raising...

  • Labor Secretary Perez pushes Obama jobs proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Tom Perez is seeking to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more widely available. Perez also says U.S. workers generally have so far failed to fully benefit from the nation's economic...

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