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  • 'Celebrity Family Feud' a summertime hit

    NEW YORK (AP) — The survey says: ABC's version of "Celebrity Family Feud" ended its run on Sunday as an unexpected summertime hit. The Steve Harvey-hosted show, which aired six hour-long editions, averaged 9.1 million viewers and was the most-watched new television program this summer, the Nielsen company said. It more than doubled the...

  • 5 things to know about the fight over the Export-Import Bank

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Export-Import Bank expired June 30 when Congress failed to renew its charter. The bank is a small federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their products overseas, by underwriting loans to foreign customers. Conservatives oppose it as corporate welfare and are pushing to keep it dead. But late Monday the...

  • What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall. With a Friday deadline to prevent a cutoff of highway and transit aid to states, House and Senate Republican leaders say they will also pass an $8...

  • Scott Walker orders American on cheesesteaks, avoiding gaffe

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The governor of the nation's top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks on Tuesday and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Geno's...

  • Progressive hiring 193 by year's end at Colorado Springs call center

    Insurance giant Progressive Corp. announced Monday plans to hire 193 sales representatives and claims adjusters for its Colorado Springs call center by the end of the year. The company, which employs 1,200 in the call center and 400 more in an information technology operation at the same location, said the jobs are a mix of new positions and...

  • In Tech: New Motorola smartphones; faster future memory chip

    Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung. These new models — the Moto G, Moto X Play and Moto X Style — will appeal largely to people who have to pay full prices for phones, rather than...

  • Gilead beats Street 2Q forecasts

    FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.49 billion. On a per-share basis, the Foster City, California-based company said it had profit of $2.92. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and stock option expense, came to $3.15 per...

  • SuperValu and Pfizer are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE SuperValu Inc., up 78 cents to $8.14 The grocery wholesaler may spin off its discount grocery store operator Save-A-Lot into a separate publicly traded company. Masco Corp., up $2.47 to $25.63 The maker...

  • All New Jersey troopers to get body cameras within a year

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to put body cameras on all state troopers who work in the field and is issuing guidelines on how local police forces statewide should use the devices. Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, who outlined the plans Tuesday, also announced $2.5 million in state funding to help local police departments buy body...

  • Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans

    DETROIT (AP) — The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways. Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required...

  • JetBlue avoids some industry bumps in 2Q

    NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue flew a little higher than many of its competitors during the second quarter, booking solid revenue numbers for each mile flown. That key industry figure has been under pressure for other carriers as they seek to satisfy demand by putting more planes in the air, which can leave more seats empty on flights. JetBlue said...

  • US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers. That's just a fraction of the federal...

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans

    DETROIT (AP) — The National Wildlife Federation accused the U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways. Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required...

  • Higher paint, window sales boost Masco's 2Q earnings

    TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Shares of Masco, the company behind Behr paint and Delta faucets, jumped Tuesday after the home improvement products maker posted better than expected earnings for its second quarter. New paint products and higher demand for its KraftMaid cabinets and Milgard windows helped boost results, Masco said. The company expects...

  • High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables. In the...

  • Judge unlikely to boost award in Israel bombings to over $1B

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge indicated Tuesday that he was unlikely to boost a $654 million jury award to victims of terror attacks in Israel over a decade ago to more than $1 billion by tacking on interest against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said he wasn't seeing a...

  • Ga. Judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M

    DETROIT (AP) — A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million. Decatur County Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason also denied Fiat Chrysler's motion for a new trial, dismissing arguments that jurors acted irrationally in the case. In a ruling...

  • SuperValu may spin off Save-A-Lot into separate company

    NEW YORK (AP) — SuperValu said Tuesday that it may spin off its discount grocer Save-A-Lot into a separate publicly traded company as competition in the industry intensifies. Shares of SuperValu Inc. jumped more than 10 percent in late trading Tuesday. The company said the split will help each company focus on finding ways to grow. SuperValu...

  • Mead Johnson paying $12M to settle US bribery charges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mead Johnson has agreed to pay $12 million to settle federal civil charges that its Chinese subsidiary bribed hospital professionals to recommend its infant formula to new or expecting mothers who were patients. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., which has...

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