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  • Wegmans top-ranked grocery in Consumer Reports survey

    WASHINGTON — More and more people consider “fresh” — not processed — foods to be important when they shop for groceries, and when it comes to freshness, Wegmans came out on top of Consumer Reports’…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asia stocks gain as weak global data raises stimulus hopes SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets bounded higher today after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and a…

  • Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts. The stoppage by thousands of…

  • AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion

    HAVANA (AP) — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente…

  • Labor issues to pressure McDonald’s despite pay bump

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pay bump for workers at some McDonald’s restaurants isn’t likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues. McDonald’s said Wednesday it would raise pay for workers…

  • Exclusive Dominican resort tied to senator’s indictment

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Dominican Republic resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the…

  • Seattle begins to phase in $15 minimum wage

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into…

  • Police: 4 found dead in Tulsa home after mom, dad miss work

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say the bodies of four people, including two young boys, have been found in a home after a man and a woman missed two days of work. Police said…

  • US agency charges Kraft, Mondelez with wheat price rigging

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have charged two major U.S. food companies, Kraft and Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures in a scheme that reaped more than $5.4 million in profit. The…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) — The wow factor for Miami’s skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. It takes…

  • Hot cars at the New York International Auto Show

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York International Auto Show opens this week with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across the globe. There are a handful of new midsize cars…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

    Minority Leader Harry Reid’s retirement sets off struggle in Senate Democratic ranks WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No.…

  • McDonald’s joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wages

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here’s a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly…

  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers’ families

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers. Wenjian Liu (WEHN’-jihn…

  • Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. The world’s largest retailer and America’s…