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  • German Merck to buy St. Louis-based Sigma-Aldrich Associated Press - 6 minutes ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.

  • Auxilium Pharma rejects Endo's takeover offer Associated Press - 29 minutes ago

    Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s board has rejected an approximately $1.4 billion unsolicited takeover offer from Ireland's Endo International PLC. Auxilium, based in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, had adopted ...

  • More drought forecast next year across West Associated Press - 34 minutes ago

    Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California. Below-normal precipitation ...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US home sales Associated Press - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    The National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in August. The report is scheduled to be released Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern. SALES DROP: Economists expect that sales came in at ...

  • Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle Associated Press - 1 hour 46 minutes ago
    Students stage a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.

  • Tesco suspends execs over inflated profit report Associated Press - 2 hours 12 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by revenue, has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by 250 million pounds ($407 million).

  • In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, a woman walks along a city canal as office and apartment construction site is seen in the background at a slum in Jakarta, Indonesia. Across the developing world, migration from country to city has long been a potential path out of poverty. Less and less is that true for many in Asia, where the wealth gap is growing in many of the most densely populated cities in human history. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013, file photo, a worker levels the coal on a freight train in Taiyuan in northern China's Shanxi province. Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.  (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.

  • German employers struggle to find apprentices Associated Press - 3 hours ago
    In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 photo, apprentice Jan Val stands in the so-called blue kitchen of the restaurant Tauro in Berlin. The 800-seat eatery caters to Berlin’s affluent Prenzlauer Berg district and when the evening crush starts, owner Gerd Spitzer needs all hands on deck, including the apprentices he's relieved to have found after receiving no suitable applicants last year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    BERLIN (AP) — It's lunchtime at Tauro and the restaurant staff are bustling to keep up with orders for marinated pork ribs, spinach-filled crepes and chicken breast with ricotta and pine kernels.

  • Commuters with their smartphones crowd inside a subway train during a rush hour in Beijing, China Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets fell Monday ahead of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.

  • German Amazon workers on strike for higher pay Associated Press - 4 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Workers at four of Amazon.com's German distribution centers have started a two-day strike in a long-running dispute over wages.

  • A U.S. meat supplier said Monday it is laying off most of the workforce of a Chinese subsidiary accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains. Shanghai ...

  • Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others. ...

  • Western Mexico state reports new mine spill Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    CANANEA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.

  • Rivers leads Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills Associated Press - 13 hours ago
    Rivers leads Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills

    One week, it's 6-foot-4 tight end Antonio Gates. The next, it's 5-10 wide receiver Eddie Royal. Whether big or small, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers showed he has more than one go-to receiver after ...

  • Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation Associated Press - 14 hours ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.

  • In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Dylan O'Brien appears in a scene from the film, "The Maze Runner." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)

    NEW YORK (AP) — The young-adult adaptation "The Maze Runner" raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.

  • Cost of shutting down Wolf Creek could top $1B Associated Press - 17 hours ago

    Shutting down the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant could cost as much $1 billion when it reaches the end of its useful life about 30 years from now, according to a new report. The cost is recalculated every ...

  • Workers at a northwestern Indiana Lear Corp. plant that makes automotive seats are preparing to vote on a tentative agreement that ended a one-day strike. United Auto Workers spokesman Sam Knowles says ...

  • With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know Associated Press - 18 hours ago
    With Alibaba's big debut, 10 things to know

    NEW YORK (AP) — China's e-commerce giant Alibaba began trading its shares Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Here are ten things to know about Alibaba, and why its initial public offering made history:

  • Chinese town protests over trash incinerator Associated Press - 20 hours ago

    BEIJING (AP) — Residents of a town in southern China who oppose a planned trash incinerator have protested for a second weekend and the local government promised not to proceed without public approval.

  • German families to sue Ukraine over MH17 crash Associated Press - 22 hours ago

    German relatives of three people killed in the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 plan to sue Ukraine for negligence, a lawyer for the families said Sunday. Weekly Bild am Sonntag reported that lawyer ...

  • Spanish judge indicts 9 persons for cyber fraud Associated Press - Sun, Sep 21, 2014 6:31 AM EDT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.

  • SpaceX launches 3-D printer, other station gear Associated Press - Sun, Sep 21, 2014 3:49 AM EDT
    SpaceX launches 3-D printer, other station gear

    A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 ...

  • G-20 says close to goal of $2 trillion in growth Associated Press - Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:58 AM EDT

    Finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies said on Sunday they are close to reaching their goal of boosting world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the next five years, and will focus on infrastructure ...

  • China says 88 fugitives returned from abroad Associated Press - Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:08 AM EDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's police ministry on Sunday said 88 fugitives wanted on charges of corruption and other economic offenses have been extradited or returned on their own from the United States and other countries in the midst of an anti-graft crackdown.

  • Deal inked for North Slope LNG plant Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 6:56 PM EDT

    The effort to truck North Slope natural gas to the Fairbanks area for home heating and electricity generation is closer to fruition. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority announced Friday ...

  • GM recalls 221,558 sedans for fire risk Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 6:11 PM EDT

    General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they're not needed, increasing the risk of a fire. The recall involves ...

  • Manufacturing in Ohio seeing slow, steady growth Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
    Manufacturing in Ohio seeing slow, steady growth

    Ohio's identity is tied in many ways to what it has made for generations — steel, cars, glass, tires and, yes, even footballs. While manufacturing alone no longer dominates the state's economy, its fortunes ...

  • 2-day iHeartRadio festival kicks off on Las Vegas Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 3:50 PM EDT
    Taylor Swift performs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift didn't divulge any more new secrets about her forthcoming album when she took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, but the crowd's enthusiasm about her bouncy new single, "Shake it Off," seems to bode well for the new record.

  • Oculus unveils new prototype VR headset Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT
    FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Peter Mason tries the Oculus virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco. Oculus, the virtual reality company acquired by Facebook earlier this year for $2 billion, is holding its first-ever developers conference and is expected to discuss the much-anticipated release of its VR headset for consumers. The two-day Oculus Connect conference begins Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition.

  • Oklahoma City oil producer unveils new formation Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 3:14 PM EDT

    An Oklahoma City-based energy company has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that the company's CEO said will elevate the state as an oil producer. Continental Resources Inc. said western ...

  • 2016 may loom, but Jeb Bush is focused on business Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:26 PM EDT
    FILE - This Jan. 14, 2014 file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talking about education reform during a forum in Nashville, Tenn.   While other Republicans mulling a run for president in 2016 are laying the foundations of their potential campaigns, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is focusing on his growing personal business empire.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — While other Republicans considering the 2016 presidential race are openly laying the foundations of potential campaigns, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is busy tending to a growing personal business empire.

  • Investigators at loss to explain Air Algerie crash Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:19 PM EDT
    Bernard Boudaille from France’s accident investigation authority, BEA, speak during a news conference in Bamako, Mali, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie jet in July that killed everyone on board say they have no solid leads on the cause of the accident. Bernard Boudaille of France’s accident investigation authority BEA says investigators still don’t know what brought down Flight 5017, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 carrying 110 passengers and six crew members, nearly two months after the jet crashed in Mali soon after it took off from Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

    PARIS (AP) — Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie jet in July that killed all 116 people on board say they have no solid leads on the cause of the accident.

  • Lawmakers wary of university budget proposal Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT

    While some New Hampshire lawmakers like the idea freezing in-state tuition at public colleges for another two years, they aren't ready to increase funding for the university system by 34 percent. After ...

  • Norwich University launches $100m campaign Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

    Norwich University has kicked off a $100 million, five-year fundraising campaign more than halfway to the goal that organizers hope to reach by the time of the Northfield school's bicentennial in 2019. ...

  • A quick look at manufacturing jobs in Ohio Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:43 PM EDT

    Annual number of manufacturing employees in Ohio since 2000: ___ 2000 — 1,023,000 2001 — 955,000 2002 — 884,000 2003 — 845,000 2004 — 823,000 2005 — 812,000 2006 — 796,000 2007 — 771,000 2008 — 739,000 ...

  • Guyana reports slight drop in deforestation rate Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:07 PM EDT

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's environment ministry says the country saw less deforestation in 2013 thanks to a decrease in gold mining activity.

  • Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.

  • Guilty verdict in peanut trial should send warning Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 9:17 AM EDT
    Guilty verdict in peanut trial should send warning

    Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people's welfare. More than five years after ...

  • At a Glance: the business dealings of Jeb Bush Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 8:29 AM EDT
    FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gestures as he speaks at a conference in Hollywood, Fla. Bush is tending to his growing business empire while other Republicans mulling the 2016 presidential race are laying the foundations of their potential campaigns.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    Jeb Bush entered the Florida governor's mansion in 1999 with a net worth of $2 million, a relatively modest fortune compared with others in the Bush family. After eight years, his wealth had dipped to roughly $1.3 million.

  • 5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 5:40 AM EDT
    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2010 file photo, shoppers walk through the aisles at the Home Depot store in Williston, Vt. The Home Depot on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 said it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards between April and September. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

  • India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 5:40 AM EDT
    Shipping containers roll out of a port on the Bay of Bengal which forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean, in Chennai, India, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping toasted the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi’s home state. And the two leaders are full of praise for one another, and one another’s countries. Left largely unspoken, though, are the deep worries in India over Chinese maneuvering in the Indian Ocean, where New Delhi’s years of dominance is being chipped away by billions of dollars in aid from Beijing and gargantuan Chinese construction projects. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)

    NEW DELHI (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a diplomatic love-fest. There was Chinese President Xi Jinping, toasting the birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a quiet dinner earlier this week in Modi's home state. There were the two leaders, deep in conversation as they walked along the Sabarmati River, …

  • Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut Associated Press - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:55 AM EDT
    Jack Ma, center, founder of Alibaba, raises a ceremonial mallet before striking a bell during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 in New York. The stock is to start trading Friday under the ticker "BABA." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

  • Mentor swears in new Southeast Asia ambassador Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:44 PM EDT

    A newly appointed U.S. ambassador on Friday honored one of her first mentors, a federal appellate judge whom she chose to administer her oath of office. Judge Harry Pregerson, who is 91 and one of the ...

  • Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:39 PM EDT
    Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs

    Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that Montana can meet the Obama administration's goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate ...

  • OSHA investigates death of elephant caretaker Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:39 PM EDT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Maine man who was crushed by one of the two elephants in his care.

  • 3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:36 PM EDT
    FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 file photo, shows the Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Ga. The nation's first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness is presenting jurors with a disconcerting fact: America's food safety largely depends on the honor system. Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and other Peanut Corporation of America workers knowingly shipped salmonella tainted nuts with faked data showing they were clean. Their defense, Salmonella tests aren't even required by law. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)

    More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces prison time ...

  • Ultimate leaving New Jersey online gambling market Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT
    Ultimate leaving New Jersey online gambling market

    New Jersey's fledgling Internet gambling market lost its first provider Friday when Ultimate Gaming accused its partner, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, of multiple contract breaches and said it is ...

  • Production at Arizona factory at standstill Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 6:58 PM EDT

    The production of pet food at a Flagstaff factory where an explosion injured four contract workers isn't expected to resume for several weeks. Officials from Nestlé Purina said Friday that the ingredient ...

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