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  • Germany’s BASF, Russia’s Gazprom revive gas asset swap

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s BASF SE is reviving a planned asset swap with Russian gas company Gazprom that was called off last December. BASF said Friday that the two companies have agreed to complete the…

  • ‘Flintstone’ house on the market for reported $4.2 million

    (HILLSBOROUGH, Calif.) — Do you want to live like a prehistoric cartoon character? Well, now you can have your own little slice of Bedrock.  The “Flintstone House,” as tourists call it, is located on a…

  • How McDonald’s all-day breakfast may lead to higher egg prices

    (NEW YORK) — McDonald’s Egg McMuffin and other morning items that will be available all-day starting Oct. 6 may put pressure on already high egg prices and short supplies, experts said. Egg prices have skyrocketed…

  • Global stock markets sink ahead of US jobs report

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stock markets were lower Friday with Tokyo’s index down 2 percent as jitters mounted before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption next week of…

  • Hogan notes larger-than-expected budget balance

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland ended the fiscal year with a higher-than-expected budget balance. Hogan says the state’s fund balance is about $295 million. The Republican says about $84 million of…

  • Airman who helped stop train attack returns to US

    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train returned to his native California…

  • Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

    NEW YORK (AP) — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “Force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items…

  • Wave of new Windows 10 devices on show at Berlin tech fair

    BERLIN (AP) — Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA home electronics show opening in Berlin on Friday. The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent…

  • California governor’s highway plan includes $65 driver fee

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than two months after calling a special session to address California’s transportation funding backlog, Gov. Jerry Brown has begun circulating a list of administration proposals on how to pay for…

  • German factory orders drop in July

    BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders dropped a larger than expected 1.4 percent in July compared to the previous month, dragged down by flagging foreign demand. The Federal Statistical Office reported Friday that it revised…

  • From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The slogans are familiar: “The Incredible Edible Egg,” ”Pork: The Other White Meat,” and “Got Milk?” They’ve all been part of promotional campaigns overseen by the Agriculture Department and paid for by…

  • Conceding defeat, Iran deal opponents at least want a vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement have given up trying to block it. Now they’re just hoping for a final Senate vote on a resolution disapproving it — even though such a…

  • Refugees on train, police in 2nd day of standoff

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Refugees who had hoped to move on from Hungary are continuing to refuse to leave a train stopped near a center where authorities are demanding that they register. Police remained on…

  • AM Prep-Cooler Copy

    Star Wars-Marketing NEW YORK (AP) — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “Force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and…

  • China’s stock rescue jolts companies, reform plans

    BEIJING (AP) — Tonhe Electronics is a casualty of Beijing’s frantic effort to stop a stock market bust. The maker of electrical equipment, part of a technology industry the ruling Communist Party wants to promote,…