Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

NEW YORK (AP) — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the...

California governor's highway plan includes $65 driver fee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than two months after calling a special session to address California's transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on...

From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says it is looking into documents that show that an egg industry organization under government oversight tried to harm sales of an imitation mayonnaise.

According...

Horse industry worries about plans to curb casino subsidies

BOSTON (AP) — Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that's helped prop up their long...

Philly businesses wary, excited by prospect of papal crowds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia businesses could enjoy a financial windfall this month from the crowds expected for the papal visit.

That is, if employees can get to work through the security perimeters and...

Central banks falling short of 2 pct. inflation target

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is 2 percent inflation too high to reach?

The Federal Reserve and European Central Bank have been striving to generate a small dose of inflation — around 2 percent annually, just enough to...

Why Friday's US jobs report could affect Americans' finances

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Federal Reserve edging into the spotlight, Friday's jobs report for August could trigger eventual changes in Americans' financial lives.

That's because a healthy job gain would...

Asian stock markets ebb ahead of US jobs report

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as caution prevailed before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption of trading on Chinese stock markets next...