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  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Story headline here TOKYO (AP) — Asian markets dropped today after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225…

  • Germany’s Siemens to cut some 4,500 more jobs

    BERLIN (AP) — Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG says it plans to cut a further 4,500 jobs worldwide as part of a cost-cutting drive. Siemens said Thursday that around 2,200 of the jobs are expected to…

  • Whole Foods plans new chain to court millennials

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products. The…

  • Al Jazeera America ousts top executive amid defections

    NEW YORK (AP) — The troubled Al Jazeera America network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday following a week of management defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The little-watched news network is…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ For some long-term unemployed, hope arises: A job audition WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe,…

  • Jeni’s traces listeria to ice cream pint-filling machine

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams says it has traced the source of listeria in its Ohio production facility to a pint-filling machine. CEO John Lowe says in a statement Wednesday that the…

  • Sheila Bair named president of private Maryland college

    CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Sheila Bair, who led the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during the financial crisis, has been named president of Maryland’s Washington College, a private liberal arts school. Bair will be the first…

  • The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin.…

  • Carnival raises China cruise bet with plan to add 5th ship

    HONG KONG (AP) — Carnival Corp., the world’s No. 1 cruise company, said Wednesday it’s planning to base a fifth passenger liner in Shanghai in 2017, adding to a foothold in China’s fast-growing leisure cruise…

  • Jesse Jackson keeps pressure on Silicon Valley to diversify

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jesse Jackson renewed his call Wednesday for the technology industry to make workforce diversity as high a priority as product innovation. The civil rights leader spoke at a gathering of corporate…

  • Report: 1,580 IRS workers evaded taxes over 10-year period

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1,600 IRS workers were found to have willfully evaded taxes over a 10-year period, including some who were responsible for enforcing the nation’s tax laws, a government watchdog said Wednesday. It’s…

  • Role of government powers at issue in pension case

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s top court weighed the budget repercussions of ruling on a pension dispute between Gov. Chris Christie and public workers’ unions on Wednesday while one justice wondered if the state…

  • Fries at the doorstep: Fast-food pushes into delivery

    NEW YORK (AP) — On the same day McDonald’s said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour…

  • While Car2Go deductible goes down, fee per trip goes up

    WASHINGTON — The good news for Car2Go drivers: The deductible for car damage is going down. The bad news for Car2Go drivers: The cost for each trip is going up. In an e-mail to customers…

  • Washington College names Sheila Bair 28th president

    CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has a new president. The school announced Wednesday that Sheila C. Bair, the former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, would be the school’s…