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  • NEW YORK, June 26- Dana Friend was skeptical about all the offers flooding her inbox to refinance her student loan with a private company, but what sold her in the end was not the offer to cut her interest rate in half it was the bonus of 50,000 JetBlue miles. The 30- year-old psychologist from Boynton Beach, Florida dropped from paying 6.8 percent to 3.75 with lender...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on a satellite launch from California:. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications. A SpaceX rocket has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in the second half of a weekend double-launch for the company.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group. Several other government websites were hacked in Ohio, including that of first lady Karen Kasich, Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Casino Control Commission.

  • LOS ANGELES— A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off through low-lying fog at 1:25 p.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles. A SpaceX Falcon 9 on Friday launched from Cape...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— A newspaper is reporting that two federal agencies are demanding records from SeaWorld. The Orlando Sentinel reported that new SEC filing disclosures released Friday show that agencies are asking for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the critical "Blackfish" documentary. The paper said the Department of Justice...

  • BERLIN, June 24- A lawyer for one of the former Volkswagen managers sought in the United States in connection with the carmaker's diesel emissions-cheating scandal has advised him not to leave Germany, she told a German daily. A sixth person, former VW manager Oliver Schmidt, was arrested in February in Miami as he was about to fly to Germany. But leaving Germany...

  • DETROIT, June 23- Honda Motor Co on Friday released a 2013 email in which one of its engineers suggested that he knew some hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata Corp air bag failures, but the engineer later said he was mistaken. The engineer's email was disclosed in a statement from Honda as part of its defense in a class action suit in Florida, where plaintiffs...

  • DETROIT, June 23- Honda Motor Co on Friday released a 2013 email in which one of its engineers suggested that he knew some hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata Corp air bag failures, but the engineer later said he was mistaken. The engineer's email was disclosed in a statement from Honda as part of its defense in a class action suit in Florida, where plaintiffs...

  • DETROIT— Honda is going public in an effort to debunk claims by lawyers that it knew about the hazards of exploding Takata air bag inflators nearly two decades ago but covered them up. The automaker issued a statement Friday that outlines its defense against claims that Honda should compensate car owners because the use of Takata air bags caused their vehicles...

  • NEW YORK— Coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the demise of Venezuelan society and fighting in Mosul, Iraq, won top honors in the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff, showcasing the news organization's excellence around the globe. Hannah Dreier was a double winner for her work on "Venezuela Undone," which painted vivid...

  • Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana- Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said. At least two tornadoes were reported near Birmingham, Alabama, destroying several buildings and injuring at least four people,...

  • June 22- A tropical depression formerly known as Tropical Storm Cindy caused flooding on Thursday in several U.S. southeastern states, spawned a tornado that injured four people in Alabama, and cut 16 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production. Cindy was a tropical storm when it made landfall near the Louisiana- Texas border about 3 a.m. CT Thursday, then weakened as...

  • June 22- A tropical depression formerly known as Tropical Storm Cindy caused flooding on Thursday in several U.S. southeastern states, spawned a tornado that injured four people in Alabama, and cut 16 percent of Gulf of Mexico oil production. Cindy was a tropical storm when it made landfall near the Louisiana- Texas border about 3 a.m. CT Thursday, then weakened as...

  • June 22- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine on a Florida resident alleged to have made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls to trick consumers with "exclusive" vacation deals from well-known travel and hospitality companies. The man, identified as Adrian Abramovich, allegedly made 96 million robocalls during...

  • NEW YORK— The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $120 million fine for a scheme that appeared to trick consumers into buying vacation packages that were not what they had expected. The agency said Thursday that Miami resident Adrian Abramovich, through his companies, made calls that were faked to appear as though they were from the same area code...

  • June 22- Tropical Storm Cindy was downgraded to a tropical depression on Thursday after reaching land near the Texas- Louisiana border, but heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes still threatened parts of several states, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to continue to weaken but still carry heavy rains as it moves over eastern Texas,...

  • The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.87 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $2.14.

  • June 22- Tropical storm Cindy moved inland near the Louisiana- Texas border on Thursday morning, bringing heavy rainfall and life-threatening conditions over the northern Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. "Life-threatening" flash flooding was possible as the storm could drop three to six inches of rain and as much as 12 inches in some parts of...

  • Three of President Donald Trump's roles converge next week as he holds his first re-election fundraiser at his hotel in Washington. Trump can see the Trump International Hotel from the White House lawn, making it a premier and convenient location for the June 28 major-donor event, his campaign director Michael Glassner said. Trump has commingled business and...

  • WASHINGTON— The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in prospective commercial deals— including one involving arms sales to foreign governments— with an international businessman who was one of his key sources. The reporter, Jay Solomon, was offered a 10...