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  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. "We were hungry, and I cried for two days," Limnioti...

  • Southwest says it has contract deal with flight attendants

    DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it has a tentative contract agreement with the union representing its flight attendants. The airline said late Thursday that the contract would run through May 2019 and includes pay raises, possible bonuses and changes in work rules. The union said the deal would keep Southwest's flight attendants the...

  • Judge rejects ex-Goldman board member's bid for exoneration

    NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan rejected Rajat Gupta's request that he be allowed to piggyback on a federal appeals court's ruling that wiped out the...

  • Ocean City retains title as New Jersey's most popular beach

    OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — The winner and still champion of New Jersey's Top Ten Beaches contest is ... Ocean City! The southern New Jersey beach town that bills itself as "America's Greatest Family Resort" was named the state's most popular beach for the second straight year Thursday. It also won in 2009. Ocean City is known for its popular...

  • 'Citizen of the year' gets 14 years in California fraud case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California real estate developer once honored as his city's citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects. Federal Los Angeles Judge Otis Wright handed down a harsher sentence than the government had...

  • Ex-firefighter who responded on Sept. 11 wins $5M in lottery

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Carmelo Mercado was presented with an oversized check Thursday. The 63-year-old, who's retired, gets $3.3 million in a lump-sum payment after taxes are taken out. Mercado was among the members of...

  • List: Fourth of July closings in the Colorado Springs area

    Closings Banks and credit unions: Most banks and credit unions closed Saturday. Some may be closed or have shortened hours Friday. Check with individual bank or credit union for hours. Buses (Metro Transit): Buses running on Sunday schedule Saturday. Government offices: City, county, state and federal offices closed Friday. Libraries:...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge. The figures released Thursday...

  • Bourbon boom: Kentucky inventory reaches 40-year high

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's bourbon boom is showing no signs of peaking as distilleries keep up a production pace unmatched for decades. The state's bourbon inventory reached a 40-year high last year, with nearly 5.7 million barrels aging in warehouses, the Kentucky Distillers' Association said Thursday. That's the highest inventory...

  • FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price — more than $250,000 for a year's treatment. The Food and Drug Administration...

  • Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net

    Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net. The deal announced Thursday gives St. Louis-based Centene a chance to expand in two hot growth areas for health insurers, the state- and federally-funded...

  • Tesla tops 11,000 vehicles delivered in second quarter

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles. The Palo Alto, California, company had surpassed 10,000 vehicles for the first time in the first three months of the year and on Thursday said it had broken that record, delivering 11,507 vehicles....

  • Plane diverts to Ohio airport after alleged threats by flier

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to central Ohio after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements. Airport spokesman David Whitaker says the United Express flight, which was bound for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, landed safely...

  • Pricey NYC restaurant settles wage violation complaint

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York City's most expensive restaurants agreed to settle a complaint that it added a 20 percent charge for banquets and did not pass the money on to its waiters, officials said Thursday. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the $500,000 settlement with Per Se, chef Thomas Keller's temple to haute cuisine...

  • Intel President Renee James to leave chipmaker

    NEW YORK (AP) — Intel said Thursday that President Renee James, who has worked at the chipmaker for 28 years, plans to leave the company early next year to seek a CEO role elsewhere. James has agreed to stay with Intel until January to oversee the transition of her responsibilities and will be paid $4 million to do so, according to a filling...

  • $18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7...

  • Experts give their take on jobs, Fed and financial markets

    NEW YORK (AP) — If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed. The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve...

  • Health Net and BP are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Health Net Inc., up $6.51 to $71.57 The managed health care services company is being bought by Medicaid coverage provider Centene Corp. for about $6.3 billion. BP PLC, up $2.02 to $41.29 The oil...

  • Barnes & Noble names Sears Canada CEO for retail business

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble, which is splitting into two companies next month, named Sears Canada CEO Ronald Boire to lead its retail operations and said company CEO Michael Huseby will become executive chairman of its educational wing. Boire will join the company in September as CEO of Barnes & Noble Inc., overseeing its nearly 650 stores...

  • Owners of popular Jersey shore pizzeria admit evading taxes

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The owners of a popular Jersey shore pizza restaurant chain pleaded guilty Thursday to evading taxes and lying to the IRS. Manco & Manco Pizza owner Charles Bangle, 55, pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden to evading taxes on his 2010 tax returns and structuring financial transactions in 2011 to avoid reporting...

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