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    FINANCIAL MARKETS Australian stocks rise as investors await central bank HONG KONG (AP) — Stock markets in Japan and South Korea were shut for holidays and most other Asian stocks were mixed while Australian stocks…

  • Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country’s woes

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos’ small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends. His drink of choice was always imported whiskey. But…

  • Riviera casino closes doors after 60 years on Vegas Strip

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — If the ghosts of Frank Sinatra and Liberace were still hanging around the Riviera Hotel and Casino on Monday morning, they wouldn’t have found a seat at the bar. Crowds squeezed…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ McDonald’s challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale. CEO Steve…

  • Al-Jazeera America loses top executive

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Al-Jazeera America news network, sued by a former employee who said he was fired for complaining about a colleague’s anti-Semitic and sexist behavior, is losing one of its top U.S.…

  • Furmanite and Rite Aid are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Furmanite Corp., up $1.44 to $8.67 The industrial and refinery-services company…

  • Riviera casino closes doors after 60 years on Vegas Strip

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The aging Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip will age no more. As of noon Monday, the 60-year-old casino-hotel closed its doors as the last few gamblers tried…

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturer Standings

    Through May 3 1. Chevrolet, 76 (6) 2. Ford, 62 (2) 3. Toyota, 52 (2)

  • General Motors will invest $174 million in Kansas plant

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.…

  • Cisco CEO Chambers to step down, Robbins named successor

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran tech executive John Chambers plans to step down after more than 20 years as CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., a major supplier of computer networking gear that makes the Internet…

  • Google is starting small, thinking big with ‘Project Fi’

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS US stocks gain NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are gaining this afternoon, pushing the market close to record levels, as investors assess corporate earnings. At 12:43 p.m. Eastern Time, the S&P 500…

  • Dow Chemical to trim about 3 pct of global workforce

    Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp. The…

  • High court: Debtors must wait to appeal payment plan denial

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court says debtors in bankruptcy cannot immediately appeal a court’s order rejecting a plan to repay creditors. The justices ruled Monday that parties in a bankruptcy case must wait…

  • Dean Foods combining brands under national label

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Foods will place all of its regional milk labels under one brand as part of a move to boost its business and tout the quality of its product. The Dallas-based…