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  • Retailers to pay New York $300,000 in toy gun settlement

    NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers including Walmart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to keep realistic toy guns off their shelves in New York as part of a settlement with the state. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman…

  • India orders telecoms to block more than 850 adult websites

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has ordered Internet service providers to block access to more than 850 adult websites in what the government describes as a way to protect social decency. N.N. Kaul, a spokesman…

  • Exor buying PartnerRe in deal valued at about $6.9 billion

    NEW YORK (AP) — PartnerRe’s biggest shareholder, Italian investment company Exor, is buying the reinsurer in a deal worth about $6.9 billion. PartnerRe is ending its all-stock agreement with Axis Capital Holdings Ltd., which was…

  • Greek stock market bloodbath as exchange reopens

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s s stock market plunged over 22 percent as it reopened Monday after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since late June to react to the country’s latest economic…

  • Son demotes dad in battle for control of S. Korean retailer

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A family battle for control of South Korea’s largest retailer has erupted in public after the group’s 92-year-old founder was demoted to a powerless role in the business by his…

  • Asia stocks hit by weak China manufacturing, Athens dives

    BEIJING (AP) — Weak Chinese manufacturing weighed on Asian stocks Monday but European markets mostly rose, shrugging off a 22 percent plunge in the Athens benchmark which reopened after a five-week shutdown. KEEPING SCORE: In…

  • Greek stock market reopens with 22 percent loss

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s main stock index plunged more than 22 percent as it reopened today after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since June to react to the country’s latest economic…

  • German automakers buying Nokia’s HERE map business

    BERLIN (AP) — A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.’s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion)…

  • AP WAS THERE: US drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945

    EDITOR’S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings…

  • Pro-Bush super PAC received $1M from Florida power company

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power &…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stocks fall on weak Chinese manufacturing, oil slump BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell today on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices as investors looked ahead to U.S. data on factory…

  • Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. A handful of key Democrats stepped forward…

  • Who wins and loses under Obama’s stricter power plant limits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama’s unprecedented…

  • How the AP-GfK poll on water was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on water and drought was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications July 9-13. It is based on online interviews of 1,004 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative…

  • Water & farmers: Things to know about AP-GfK drought poll

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds most Americans think of water as a limited resource that can be depleted if people use too much. When asked to rate priorities when water is…