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  • How a Supermodel Inspired the Luxury Hermes Birkin Bag

    (NEW YORK) — Former supermodel Jane Birkin, who said she no longer wants to be associated with Hermès’ Birkin handbag, inspired the ultra-luxury product through a random encounter on a plane. Birkin said she doesn’t…

  • Why the Airplane Boarding Pass Could Soon Be a Thing of the Past

    (NEW YORK) — Is the boarding pass going overboard? They could soon become a thing of the past, according to one top transportation official. To address the glaring lapses in security over the last few…

  • Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia enjoyed a solid 60 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter, with a good performance in its core networks division suggesting the Finnish company is succeeding in turning its…

  • Why Annuities May Earn Investors’ Respect Now

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that the word “annuity” sounds similar to “ennui.” Or you’ve been alarmed about the reputation surrounding certain types of annuities. Or you’ve tried to make sense of these products and felt all…

  • Renault profit rises in 1st half on European rebound

    PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault has reported a sharp rise in its first-half profit as the European car market rebounded strongly in the period. Renault on Thursday reported net profit of 1.4 billion euros…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stocks higher after Fed leaves rates unchanged BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks gained today following this week’s turbulence and other Asian markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged…

  • Sony quarterly profit up 3-fold on currency gains, sensors

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony said quarterly profit rose threefold as foreign exchange gains and sales of image sensors and Playstation 4 software helped offset declines elsewhere. The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant reported Thursday that…

  • Galaxy S6 fails to reverse profit decline at Samsung

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales. The company’s overall earnings drop during…

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach on Wednesday to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into…

  • Ford F-150 gets mixed crash test results

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford’s new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests by the insurance industry, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones. The four-door Super Crew version…

  • Whole Foods: Sales hurt by bad publicity from overcharging

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is feeling pinched after New York City officials found it was overcharging customers. The grocery chain known for its organic offerings said Wednesday that sales growth slowed sharply at…

  • 2 Utah ski resorts owned by Vail to be known as ‘Park City’

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Two neighboring Utah ski resorts owned by Vail Resorts and being combined into one mega resort will be known simply by the name of the mountain city where it is…

  • Judge rejects claim that bourbon was falsely advertised

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chalk up another round for Maker’s Mark distillery in fending off claims of misleading marketing for promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade. A federal judge in California this week dismissed a…

  • Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal

    DETROIT (AP) — When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS US stocks edge higher in early trading; China shares rebound NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are posting solid gains in late-morning trading, as Chinese shares rebound and traders wait to hear from the…