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  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    SYDNEY (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part found on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found since it vanished nearly a year and a…

  • Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. The law allows a judge to sanction the…

  • IBM’s Watson computing technology learns Japanese

    TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the…

  • Renault profit rises in 1st half on European rebound

    PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault has reported a sharp rise in its first-half profit as the European car market rebounded strongly in the period. Renault on Thursday reported net profit of 1.4 billion euros…

  • Deutsche Bank CEO: Q2 profits ‘nowhere near good enough’

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank’s net profit rose in the second quarter, but legal expenses stemming from investigations of the bank’s past conduct also increased and the bank’s new co-CEO said its financial performance…

  • Spain’s Repsol profits down 44 percent in Q2

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish energy company Repsol says its second-quarter profit fell by 44 percent compared with the same period last year following a sharp drop in oil prices and given that 2014 profits had…

  • Drug firm AstraZeneca reports slide in earnings

    LONDON (AP) — Anglo-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca says second-quarter net income fell 12 percent to $697 million as competition from generic drug companies reduced sales. Revenue declined 6.7 percent to $6.31 billion as stomach-acid treatment…

  • Lower oil prices push Italian oil company Eni to 2Q loss

    MILAN (AP) — Italian oil and gas company Eni says it lost 113 million euros ($124 million) in the second quarter due to a sharp decline in oil prices. Eni said Thursday that the loss…

  • Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas’ Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said as they moved toward imposing new rules to…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stocks higher after Fed leaves rates unchanged BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks gained today following this week’s turbulence and other Asian markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged…

  • APNewsBreak: Gov’t finds health law co-ops awash in red ink

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonprofit co-ops, the health care law’s public-spirited alternative to mega-insurers, are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals, a government audit has found. Under President Barack Obama’s…

  • Senate poised to approve 3-month extension to highway bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a Friday deadline, the Senate is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans’ health care, leaving a raft of unresolved issues for a jam-packed congressional agenda in the…

  • California to release June water-savings report amid drought

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators were expected Thursday to announce how much water cities conserved in June — the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought. The disclosure comes after the state’s largest…

  • Sony quarterly profit up 3-fold on currency gains, sensors

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony said quarterly profit rose threefold as foreign exchange gains and sales of image sensors and Playstation 4 software helped offset declines elsewhere. The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant reported Thursday that…

  • Royal Bank of Scotland reports rise in 2nd quarter profits

    LONDON (AP) — Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland says second-quarter net income rose 27 percent to 293 million pounds ($458 million) as the British government prepares to sell its stake. Bailed out by the British…