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  • China says work on charter for Asian bank completed

    BEIJING (AP) — Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that is to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said. Beijing’s proposal for…

  • Turkey: 2 trapped in landslide at dam construction site

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say two construction workers are trapped under debris after a landslide at a dam construction site in northeast Turkey. Adil Sabanci, a regional hydraulic works official, told the state-run…

  • Feds: Temple professor offered China data on US-made device

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The chairman of Temple University’s physics department sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing data on a device invented by a U.S. firm and offered to make the country a…

  • Deere beats 2Q profit forecasts

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. (DE) on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $690.5 million. The Moline, Illinois-based company said it had net income of $2.03 per share. The results topped Wall Street…

  • German business confidence drops slightly in May

    BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey shows German business confidence has slipped slightly as companies expressed satisfaction with their current situation but increasing worries about the future. The Ifo Institute said Friday its Business…

  • Merkel warns ‘whole lot left’ to do on Greece bailout talks

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that…

  • ECB tells governments: Don’t wait to fix Europe’s economy

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn’t wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth. Draghi said tough measures…

  • Summer travel deals to consider for that much-deserved vacation

    It’s Memorial Day weekend, so that means thinking (finally) about taking some time off this summer. I’m a big fan of down time for business travelers. Whether I think business travelers should travel for a…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Authorities arrest man wanted in the killings of a wealthy DC family, their housekeeper WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who was accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their…

  • China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair…

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER (AP) — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for…

  • How this Leesburg startup is using your location (as in right now) as a marketing tool

    Gravy, a marketing analytics startup based in Leesburg, in one sense does something very simple: It tracks where you like to shop, what events you attend, and where you like to spend your time. How…

  • China’s mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

    BEIJING (AP) — All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren’t unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad…

  • Coal, medicine, trains top Tokyo’s Asia infrastructure plan

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan’s agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is…

  • Oil shouldn’t spoil vacations for California beach tourists

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Images of sticky black beaches and stories of the stink of oil from a broken coastal pipeline shouldn’t force canceled plans for the vast majority of tourists planning ocean vacations in…