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  • Trade ministers from 12 Pacific nations gather on Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trade ministers from 12 nations around the Pacific Rim are meeting on the Hawaiian island on Maui to negotiate a trade pact. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told his counterparts at…

  • Barclays reports sevenfold increase in profits

    LONDON (AP) — Barclays, Britain’s second largest bank, said Tuesday that second quarter profit increased sevenfold, boosted by earnings from investment banking and a 496 million pound ($774 million) gain on assets acquired from Lehman…

  • Eurotunnel: 37,000 migrant crossing attempts blocked

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Migrants rushed the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night on Wednesday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands…

  • Volkswagen Q2 earns slip on restructuring, troubled markets

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen AG saw profits slip in the second quarter despite taking the global lead in sales over Toyota and GM. The Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker was hit by 180 million euros…

  • Belgium’s Solvay to buy US Cytec for $5.5 billion

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium’s chemical group Solvay has announced it will buy U.S.-based Cytec for $5.5 billion, making it the second biggest company in the aerospace composite materials market. In Wednesday’s announcement, CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu…

  • Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president

    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the…

  • By nearly any measure, sunny South Florida is tops in fraud

    MIAMI (AP) — Psssst — Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way…

  • Global stocks rise ahead of Fed, keep wary eye on China

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets rose Wednesday as Chinese shares rebounded after a record sell-off and attention turned to a Federal Reserve meeting that might give clues about the timing of a U.S. interest…

  • Survey: German consumers remain optimistic

    BERLIN (AP) — A closely-watched survey indicates German consumers remain optimistic but are showing signs of worry about the country’s economic situation amid uncertainty about Greece’s financial future. The GfK research group said Wednesday that…

  • China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

    BEIJING (AP) — General Motors Co.’s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to…

  • Anger grows over two-speed Poland, fueling political shift

    PIONKI, Poland (AP) — Marek Bogacki feels life in Poland 26 years after the fall of communism could hardly be better. Wearing a fine shirt and tie and enjoying brunch at a French bakery in…

  • Japan-based advertising firm wins Olympic TV rights in Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has awarded exclusive Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asia-Pacific countries to Japan-based advertising agency Dentsu Inc. The IOC on Wednesday said the deal covers the 2018…

  • Iran nuclear deal turns up lobbying heat on Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Iran nuclear deal has supercharged congressional lobbying, with President Barack Obama securing the support of a prominent Jewish Democrat and pro-Israel groups pressuring lawmakers in an all-out, big-money drive. Obama, his…

  • House, Senate move toward passage of transportation patch

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are moving toward passage of three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to…

  • Pilot program to provide federal student aid to prisoners

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some federal and state prisoners could soon be eligible for federal student aid to take college courses while behind bars. The aid would come in the form of Pell grants, which are…