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  • Hollywood's Relativity files for bankruptcy with $681M owing

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relativity Media, the struggling "mini major" Hollywood studio behind movies such as "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror," filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday. The filing will allow the studio led by chairman and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh to continue to operate while restructuring. According to bankruptcy documents, the...

  • Allegiant executives were flying plane that ran low on fuel

    Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that made an emergency landing at a closed airport because it nearly ran out of fuel. Allegiant spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said Thursday that management pilots routinely operate flights to maintain their pilot certification and track day-to-day operations. Vice president of...

  • Jury awards $47.8 million in NYC crane collapse civil case

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury on Thursday awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed. The jury ordered James Lomma, the owner of the crane, and his companies to pay $32 million to the family of Ramadan Kurtaj and $15.8 million to the family of Donald Leo. In the May 2008 collapse...

  • Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are...

  • Pacific trade ministers pose for group photo at Maui meeting

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations meeting in Hawaii took time out from their talks for a new trade agreement to pose for a photo. The ministers received flower leis during Thursday's group photo shoot at the oceanfront resort where they are meeting, the Westin Maui on Kaanapali (kahn-uh-PAH'-lee) Beach. They...

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home....

  • Amgen hikes 2015 forecast after 2Q increase in profit, sales

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Amgen Inc. shares jumped in extended trading after the maker of osteoporosis drug Prolia easily beat Wall Street's second-quarter profit expectations and hiked its 2015 financial forecast. Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, California, said Thursday it sees strong momentum for the second half of the year, with three new drugs...

  • Spirit jet wheel ignites on landing in Dallas; no injuries

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — No injuries were reported after a tire on a landing gear on a Spirit Airlines jet caught fire while landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Airline spokeswoman Paul Berry says Spirit Flight 407 was arriving shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday from a three-hour flight from Orlando, Florida, when the tire on a...

  • Expedia shares rises aftermarket following 2Q results

    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Shares of Expedia climbed in aftermarket trading after the online travel company reported solid second-quarter results. Expedia, which sold its majority stake in Chinese travel service eLong during the quarter and is in the process of buying competitor Orbitz, posted a bigger-than-expected profit. Its stock added $8.64,...

  • EPA reviews $15 million settlement for Hawaii molasses spill

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a $15.4 million settlement between Hawaii and a shipping company that spilled 1,400 tons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor to see how it may affect the agency's investigation. The EPA's probe into whether Matson Inc. violated the Clean Water Act during the 2013 spill was still...

  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

    NEW YORK (AP) — In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump is calling for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally and allowing what he calls "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting...

  • Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

    AUBURN, Maine (AP) — All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance. The driver, 55-year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38-year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court to...

  • LinkedIn 2Q caps rough week for social media stocks

    NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been a good week for social media companies, not even for the usually reliable professional networking service LinkedIn Corp. The company's second-quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations on all fronts, just as Facebook's did on Wednesday and Twitter's on Tuesday. But it's the signs behind the headline numbers...

  • Electronic Arts falls as new 2016 outlook disappoints

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Shares of Electronic Arts slipped in aftermarket trading Thursday after the video game maker's new forecast fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company's fiscal first-quarter results were stronger than expected and Electronic Arts raised its profit and revenue guidance for the rest of the fiscal year. However...

  • California says water use fell by 27 percent in June

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411 local agencies in California hit or nearly reached savings targets....

  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the bill, which passed by a party-line vote of...

  • Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA warns of drug name mix-ups

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant and a blood-thinning medicine. The FDA says it's not aware of any patients who took the wrong drug, but the agency says it has received 50 reports of medication errors, including cases...

  • Colorado Springs-based Diamond Materials Tech lays off 46 in cost-cutting move

    Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., the Swiss-based owner of Colorado Springs-based Diamond Materials Tech Inc., confirmed a 46-employee layoff Wednesday, the third such cost-cutting move the company has made since October. Diamond Materials, a diamond-wire cutting business, said Wednesday in a news release that it is "further optimizing the cost...

  • Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. Engineers at the giant social network say they've built a drone with a 140-foot wingspan that...

  • WebMD tops Street 2Q forecasts

    NEW YORK (AP) — WebMD Health Corp. (WBMD) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $13.4 million. On a per-share basis, the New York-based company said it had profit of 32 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 27 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts...

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