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  • Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be…

  • US pending home sales slip in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of signed contracts to buy homes fell in June, as limited supplies of homes on the market are holding back possible sales growth. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday…

  • Vail set to make official it’s combining 2 Utah ski resorts

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ski industry titan Vail Resorts is set to make official Wednesday that it is combining Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort under one name and logo. That will make…

  • Mini recalls about 35K cars to bolster side crash resistance

    DETROIT (AP) — Mini is recalling about 35,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because they don’t meet side-impact crash-test requirements. The recall includes certain Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop two-door cars from 2014 and…

  • Spanish competition authorities fine 20 auto companies

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s competition authorities have fined 20 car manufacturers and distributors 171 million euros ($188 million) for practices it said constituted a cartel. A statement from the National Markets and Competition Commission said…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics says its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business. The company reported Wednesday a net profit of 226.4…

  • Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

    NEW YORK (AP) — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. With…

  • Kroger Recalls Four Store-Brand Seasonings

    Svetl/iStock/ThinkStock(CINCINNATI) — Kroger is recalling four of its store-brand spices over fears of a possible salmonella contamination. The spices being recalled include Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger…

  • Procter & Gamble names Taylor to succeed Lafley as CEO

    Procter & Gamble has named company insider David Taylor as president and chief executive effective Nov. 1. The executive, who heads P&G’s global beauty, grooming and health care division, succeeds A.G. Lafley, who will stay…

  • US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for…

  • Ga. Judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M

    DETROIT (AP) — A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million. Decatur County…

  • License for souvenir beer sales at Civil War museum approved

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County liquor board has approved the selling of souvenir beer at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1U4aw4g ) reports the board voted Monday to…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Global markets stabilize; US indexes move higher on earnings NEW YORK (AP) — Global stock markets steadied today as a rout in Chinese shares slowed and U.S. indexes turned higher. European shares also…