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  • Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts. The biggest recall covers nearly 205,000 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor…

  • Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches

    DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The largest recall covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs worldwide from 2008…

  • Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them…

  • Column: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry

    PARIS (AP) — Don’t laugh. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. We’re talking here about David Ginola. So silky as a…

  • One-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country’s Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages. Union representative Andrea Becker…

  • Reynolds, Lorillard shareholders set to vote on $25B merger

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Shareholders are set to vote on the planned $25 billion merger of cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. Two of the nation’s biggest tobacco companies are holding special meetings…

  • Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

    TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them…

  • Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company’s prized stake in China’s Alibaba Group. The breakup announced Tuesday will transfer…

  • Asian stocks tumble after weak US corporate earnings

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street tumbled on concern about weak corporate earnings as investors watched this week’s meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai…

  • Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter for Apple

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season. Apple said Tuesday that it sold 74.5 million iPhones…

  • Tax law quirk means pot may pay off for Coloradans literally

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents’ pockets, causing quite a…

  • FTC clears Albertsons’ purchase of Safeway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Supermarket chain Albertsons says U.S. regulators have approved its purchase of competitor Safeway Inc. The companies said Tuesday the deal has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission and should close…

  • Mercedes selects AM General to make SUVs in the US

    DETROIT (AP) — Military and commercial vehicle maker AM General will start making Mercedes-Benz SUVs this summer under a new, multi-year contract with the German automaker. AM General will make the R-Class SUV at its…

  • Once ubiquitous, parking garages fall to the wrecking ball

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall. But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks plunge after weak earnings, economic data NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sharply lower in afternoon trading, weighed down by disappointing forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in durable goods…