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  • Wal-Mart kicks off next phase of wage increases

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments. The moves mark the next wave of wage hikes by…

  • NY tribe opens ‘Wizard of Oz’-themed strip mall casino

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Indian tribe is expanding its gambling business with a “Wizard of Oz”-themed casino in a strip mall near Syracuse. The Oneida Indians’ Yellow Brick Road Casino opens Tuesday…

  • Asian stocks down as markets weigh Greece, US growth

    Asian stocks drifted lower Tuesday as markets weighed a possible rebound in U.S. growth against doubts about Greece’s ability to make debt payments and stay in the euro currency bloc. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225…

  • Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last week’s heist of 500 feet of copper cable stripped from open-air rail tracks in New York City was particularly brazen. But it was only the latest example of a troubling…

  • Nevada GOP governor secures unlikely win with tax increase

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, secured an unlikely victory Monday when the conservative state Legislature approved a huge tax increase at his urging as part of a plan to boost…

  • Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

    MONTREAL (AP) — A judge has awarded more than $15 billion Canadian (US$12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the…

  • Ex-NASA artist Laurie Anderson receives Yaddo Artist Medal

    NEW YORK (AP) — The first artist in residence at NASA likes to point out she was also the last artist in residence at NASA. Musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson says there are “a…

  • Airlines try to save time with speedier boarding process

    DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up a part of flying that creates delays even before the plane leaves the gate: the boarding process. This summer travel season, Delta plans…

  • Woman assaulted on cruise sues Holland America

    SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who was assaulted on a cruise ship has filed a federal lawsuit against Holland America claiming it fails to oversee its workers and provide adequate security. The lawsuit filed in…

  • Asian stocks mixed as markets weigh Greece, US growth

    Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday as markets weighed a possible rebound in U.S. growth against doubts about Greece’s ability to make debt payments and stay in the euro currency bloc. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225…

  • Woman behind Silicon Valley sex bias suit appealing verdict

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal on Monday of a jury verdict against her. Alan…

  • Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests

    Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they’re going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.             The proposed double-digit…

  • Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

    MONTREAL (AP) — A judge has awarded more than $15 billion Canadian (US$12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the…

  • Homeland to revise airport screening; TSA head reassigned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports…

  • Nicaragua says study finds canal ‘viable'; no details public

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — An environmental study has concluded a planned $50 billion canal across this Central American nation is “viable,” officials said Monday, but without releasing details of the report. Canal Commission spokesman Telemaco…