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  • GOP’s tough talk doesn’t square with US-China relationship

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to promise to get tough on China, this was it: Spurred by the stock market’s wild ride, they lashed out…

  • Lottery winners don’t get largesse, but get left out

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren’t getting the largesse. They’re getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there’s no authority for the state comptroller…

  • Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees. The hiring targets were…

  • Calm on Wall Street: A turbulent week ends on a placid note

    Well, that was exciting. Days after China threw the biggest scare into Wall Street in years, U.S. stocks have come surging back and ended the week Friday on a placid note that suggested the worst…

  • BY THE NUMBERS: The stock market’s wild week

    The U.S. stock market had a wild week as investors fretted about the declining health of the Chinese economy. Stocks slumped on Monday and Tuesday, before rebounding strongly the following two days. The market actually…

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside

    BEIRUT (AP) — To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism. But for many Lebanese, it’s a rotting…

  • Pentagon funding new high-tech venture

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into…

  • TSA officer accused of molesting passenger at airport, fired

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Transportation Security Administration officer has been accused of luring a passenger into a bathroom at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and molesting her. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey…

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

    U.S. stocks closed mostly higher on Friday, capping a volatile week. Stocks fell heavily in the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China’s economy. The market then rebounded…

  • Big Lots and Splunk are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Freeport-McMoRan Inc., up 31 cents to $10.50 Activist investor Carl Icahn…

  • AP National News Calendar

    Eds: Major scheduled events for the week of August 30 – September 5. Note that many events are subject to change at the last minute. The following economic reports will be issued in Washington (all…

  • Fed vice chair in spotlight as markets seek rate hike clues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What once seemed a sure bet — that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in September — suddenly appears less certain following a wild week of stock market turbulence. The market’s…

  • Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

    NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company’s computer systems and outing of millions of…

  • Feds win fight for access to indicted Paul aide’s Gmail

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors prevailed Friday in their yearlong fight to force Google Inc. to turn over the emails of an indicted Republican consultant with close ties to Ron and Rand Paul.…

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. Total public debt subject to limit Aug 27 18,112,975 Statutory debt…