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  • From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up. The price increases remain modest....

  • 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...

  • FAA investigating airliner that nearly ran out of fuel

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials are investigating why an Allegiant Air passenger jet nearly ran out of fuel before landing at an airport that was temporarily closed to most traffic. Allegiant said Tuesday it is cooperating with the Federal Aviation Administration's investigation of the incident. The Allegiant plane with 144 passengers...

  • 2 injection wells shut down after Oklahoma quakes

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled the state. Stephens Production and Devon Energy each voluntarily closed one well, and Stephens reduced operations at another...

  • Ohio coach Urban Meyer, mascot celebrated in butter at fair

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man. The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus. The life-size sculptures are joining the traditional butter cow and calf...

  • Future unsure for troubled New Mexico green chile production

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Green chiles have defined New Mexico for generations, gaining fans and fame around the globe. However, as this year's harvest begins, labor shortages, shrinking acreage, drought and foreign competition have hurt production in the state. Farmers and producers say the problems reveal the need for changes in the...

  • Quiet on Keystone, Clinton faces sharper attacks from rivals

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." Sensing an opportunity, Clinton's rivals for the...

  • Yelp's 2Q results, outlook disappoint as stock plunges

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp is getting skewered by investors after the online business review service sank to a second-quarter loss and dimmed its outlook amid a slowdown in its digital advertising sales. The developments announced Tuesday raised more doubts about Yelp's ability to survive on its own, although CEO Jeremy Stoppelman told analysts...

  • Panera shares jump on report of Q3 sales uptick

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Panera Bread Co. shares jumped in extended trading Tuesday after the restaurant chain reported an uptick in sales in recent days. The company said that revenue from its established company-owned sites rose 4.7 percent for the first 27 days of its current quarter. That's much better than the 2.4 percent increase in that same...

  • Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious. Siebold was aware that Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo had violently disintegrated but then blacked out. When he...

  • Gilead beats Street 2Q forecasts on surge in sales, profit

    Blockbuster hepatitis C medicine Harvoni propelled Gilead Sciences Inc.'s second-quarter profit up 23 percent as total revenue for the biotech drugmaker jumped 26 percent and it raised its 2015 sales forecast for the second time. Its shares jumped in after-hours trading. Harvoni and a second hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, together posted sales...

  • Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to replace Dick Costolo, who stepped down at the beginning...

  • FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Reshape Medical's balloon as another option for millions of obese Americans who have been unable to lose weight via more traditional methods. The...

  • Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA's right to impose the clean-air standards, rejecting an argument by...

  • Procter & Gamble names Taylor to succeed Lafley as CEO

    Procter & Gamble has named company insider David Taylor as president and chief executive effective Nov. 1. The executive, who heads P&G's global beauty, grooming and health care division, succeeds A.G. Lafley, who will stay on with the Cincinnati company as executive chairman. Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that Taylor will also join the board...

  • 5 things to know about artificial intelligence and its use

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers.

  • NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, specifically the co-pilot unlocking a braking system too quickly and triggering the accident that killed him, federal investigators said Tuesday. In its finding, the...

  • Anadarko Petroleum beats Street 2Q forecasts

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $61 million. The company, based in The Woodlands, Texas, said it had profit of 12 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 1 cent per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 13...

  • What's in emergency bill to fund Veterans Affairs Department

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A three-month highway spending bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the House includes nearly $3.4 billion to fill a budget hole that the Department of Veterans Affairs claims would force it to close hospitals and clinics nationwide. Lawmakers from both parties said the spending was needed even as they complained about the...

  • The Rubicon Project reports 2Q loss but results beat Street

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rubicon Project Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $11.9 million in its second quarter, but the company's stock rose in extended trading after results beat estimates. The Los Angeles-based company said it had a loss of 30 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and amortization costs, were 6 cents...

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