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  • 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…

  • Microsoft’s free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role…

  • US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China. The Conference Board said Tuesday…

  • Dollar mixed

    The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading. It’s worth 1.3 Canadian dollars, unchanged from late Tuesday. And the dollar is trading at 16.25 Mexican pesos, down from late…

  • Correction: San Francisco-Soda Warning story

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story July 26 about a lawsuit against San Francisco by the American Beverage Association, The Associated Press reported erroneously where the city’s health warning labels would be posted. The…

  • SBA loans to resume after Congress raises lending limit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses will soon be able to get loans approved again by the federal government. The House has passed and sent to President Barack Obama a bill raising the lending authority…

  • Motorola refreshes Android phones, offers better cameras

    NEW YORK (AP) — 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…

  • The Latest: GOP lawmaker says Iran nuclear deal falls short

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest developments on Obama administration officials’ testimony Tuesday before Congress on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local EDT): 10:10 a.m. The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is…

  • Global markets stabilize; US indexes open higher on earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were slightly higher in early trading Tuesday following five straight losses. The market was helped by positive results out of UPS, Ford and other big companies and some stabilization…

  • Merck tops Street 2Q forecasts despite lower sales, profit

    Merck & Co.’s second-quarter profit plunged by two-thirds, hammered by the sale of its consumer business, unfavorable currency exchange rates, lower sales of some key drugs and hefty one-time charges. The world’s fifth-biggest drugmaker by…

  • Dubai launches expansion of Mideast’s biggest port

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East’s biggest sea port is growing. Dubai port operator DP World said on Tuesday it is beginning a $1.6 billion expansion of the Gulf commercial hub’s sprawling…

  • Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half

    TOKYO (AP) — Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it…

  • US home prices rose 4.9 pct. in May, lifted by strong sales

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased 4.9 percent in May from 12…

  • White House Notebook: Third term? Obama says no thanks

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He’s convinced that he could, but would really rather not. Obama used his own history of electoral success to rib…

  • Drugmaker Pfizer tops Street 2Q forecasts, raises forecast

    Pfizer beat Wall Street expectations for the second quarter and raised its 2015 forecast, as sales of several products helped inoculate the world’s second-largest drugmaker against revenue hits from a stronger U.S. dollar and cheaper…