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  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were higher on Thursday as expectations for solid U.S. jobs data overshadowed worries about Greek debt. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 percent to 6,607.79 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 4,885.45. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to the highest...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September. Economists predict that employers added 233,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May, according to data firm...

  • Here's how things look now: The left-wing party, Syriza, holds power in Athens. Greece actually did miss a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund late Tuesday. Part of the calm reflects hope that Greece ultimately will reach a deal with its creditors and that Greeks will vote Sunday to accept their demands and keep the euro. Improving economic conditions...

  • A technician was killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant in Germany, in a rare accident that touches on concerns about automation.

  • Resolution Copper Mining says the mine will usher in a new era of prosperity for Arizona, bringing in the equivalent of roughly a $1 billion worth of revenue annually for about 60 years in a state still trying to emerge from the housing bust. And it will claim nearly 5- square miles on the edge of nearby Superior to store mining waste that can be toxic.

  • LOS ANGELES— The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, the nation's only Latina governor and a rising star in the Republican party, added her voice Wednesday to criticism of...

  • *Nonfarm payrolls forecast to rise 230,000 in June. WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. job growth likely cooled a bit in June after reaching a five-month high, but still-healthy hiring would suggest the labor market is strong enough to support a September interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve. We are making a lot of progress in reducing slack and unless the labor...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 2- Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and replaced it with natural gas. Now, California is poised once again to take the lead, this time by mandating a switch to so-called "zero-emission" buses by...

  • LONDON- Bank of England's Andrew Gracie speaks at financial services cyber security conference- 0805 GMT. MILAN, Italy- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi to give opening remarks at T2S launch celebration- 1510 GMT. MILAN, Italy- European Central Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch to give closing remarks at T2S launch celebration- 1700 GMT.

  • Stoler: Restoration of US-Cuba ties is positive

    The re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba is positive, says Andrew Stoler, former deputy director of the World Trade Organization from 1999 to 2002.

  • SYDNEY, July 2- Chicago wheat edged up on Thursday, rebounding from losses of more than 4 percent in the previous session, as concerns over potential crop damage helped offset worries about weak demand for U.S. supplies in the world market. *Chicago Board Of Trade September wheat rose 0.17 percent to $5.89-1/ 2 a bushel by 0100 GMT. *Wheat was under pressure due to the...

  • Behind the rise in US auto sales

    Improvements in the U.S. vehicle sales reflect a "delayed response" to cheaper oil, says Michael Kurtz, global head of equity strategy at Nomura. He later outlines his expectations for a Fed rate hike.

  • US auto sales to reach 17.1M units in 2015: Pro

    John Humphrey, senior VP, global automotive operations of J.D. Power, expects auto sales in the U.S. to hit 17.1 million units for the rest of 2015, translating into a growth rate of 3 percent.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 1- PayPal Inc said it would buy digital money transfer provider Xoom Corp for $890 million as it muscles into a growing international remittance market and expand in countries like Mexico, India and China ahead of a spinoff from eBay Inc.. The acquisition would allow Xoom to expand into new markets with less execution risk, Xoom CEO John Kunze...

  • July 1- Macy's Inc said on Wednesday it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, and New York City said it was reviewing its contracts with the billionaire developer and U.S. presidential hopeful because of his comments insulting Mexicans. In New York City, where Trump built his fortune in real estate, his company has a contract to run a golf course at...

  • St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point said in a statement that seven people were taken to the facility following an incident at Sapp Bros. Petroleum in the town about 70 miles northwest of Omaha. Craig Schmaderer, an Omaha resident who works in West Point, told The Associated Press by phone that he was several blocks away from Sapp Bros. when the incident...

  • WASHINGTON/ HAVANA, July 1- An historic agreement to restore diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana could provide fresh momentum for lawmakers and activists seeking to chip away at- and eventually upend- the 53- year-old U.S. trade embargo. "This is more than symbolism," said Geoff Thale, program director at the Washington Office on Latin America, a group...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers. The papers show those units had $25.6 billion in sales over the last two quarters, with net earnings of $852 million.

  • NEW YORK— FourPoint Energy LLC will buy oil and gas assets from Chesapeake Exploration LLC and CHK Cleveland Tonkawa LLC for about $840 million. The sellers are subsidiaries of Oklahoma City- based Chesapeake Energy Corp.. The assets involved in the deal include an interest in about 1,500 producing wells primarily in the Cleveland, Tonkawa and Marmaton...

  • HELENA, Mont.— A Helena judge has blocked a legislative measure that cut retired teachers' annual inflationary pension increases, saying it violates the contracts clauses in the Montana and U.S. constitutions. District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Tuesday that the Legislature's cost-saving measure that was part of a larger 2013 pension overhaul goes against...