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  • Sandy-hit towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    Asharoken is just one place where the tussle among coastal protection, property rights, public access and federal funding is playing out in New York and New Jersey, both hit hard by the storm.

  • HAVANA, Sept 1- Cuba has raised duties and restricted imports on consumer goods brought in by air travelers or sent by mail, imposing greater hardship for a fledgling private sector and angering people looking to counter chronic shortages. The duty is now $250 on a 32- inch screen, $400 for those between 32 and 42 inches and $500 on even bigger models.

  • New $1B power line to improve South Texas service Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    McALLEN, Texas— Construction continues on a new $1 billion electricity line in South Texas that officials said will not only improve service in the state's Rio Grande Valley but also allow energy generated in South Texas to be delivered to the rest of the state.

  • Breaks sought for proposed biotech office park Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Backers of a proposed biotech office park in south Kansas City are preparing to seek tax breaks for the 350- acre project. Whitney Kerr Sr., a longtime Kansas City area broker who worked to assemble the land, said the tax break is needed to bring research firms, clinical trial facilities and similar biotech operations to the site.

  • Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.

  • NC offered $100M for Toyota HQ, twice Texas bid Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.

  • Program trains refugees for work on NY dairy farms Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    "It's kind of an ideal situation," said Jorge Montalvo, director of the state's Office for New Americans. Idaho, Oregon and Arizona also have experimented with placing refugees on dairy farms in an effort to satisfy both the interests of the immigrants and the needs of their adopted states.

  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Europe's lack of growth is looming larger and larger, however, and the ECB says it can't save the economy alone. While unemployment in the United States has fallen to 6.2 percent from 10 percent at its peak in Oct. 2009, Europe's is at 11.5 percent— still near last summer' 12 percent.

  • David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News' Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's " World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.

  • Veteran vs. newcomer for Rhode Island treasurer Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Former Treasurer Frank Caprio is seeking a second term against a political newcomer frustrated with Rhode Island's failure to rebound from the recession. Seth Magaziner, a 31- year-old investment professional, has promised to bring a fresh perspective to state government and use the treasurer's office to promote economic growth.

  • *Modi takes veiled swipe at China. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the "expansionism" of some nations.

  • INSIGHT-US inflation bonds back in vogue Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 1- U.S. investors are back in the hunt for inflation protection for the first time in two years as rising housing costs- particularly for rent- suggest inflation may finally be waking from its post-recession slumber.

  • MIAMI, Sept 1- When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations.

  • HAVANA, Sept 1- Cuba has raised duties and restricted imports on consumer goods brought in by air travelers or sent by mail, imposing greater hardship for a fledgling private sector and angering people looking to counter chronic shortages.

  • *Modi takes veiled swipe at China. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.

  • Heineken sells Mexican packaging business to Crown Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion to reduce debt. Philadelphia- based Crown said the deal will make it the second-largest beer and soft drink can producer in the United States and the maker of 20 percent of all cans globally.

  • AMSTERDAM/ BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Dutch brewer Heineken has agreed to sell its Mexican packaging business Empaque to Crown for $1.23 billion including debt, shedding a non-core business it acquired when entering the Mexican market in 2010..

  • Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE, Wis.— Taking a bullish stand on the economy, President Barack Obama is renewing his call for an increase in the minimum wage, looking to give Democrats an issue on which to campaign going into November's midterm congressional elections.

  • BARCELONA, Sept 1- A nerve stimulation device from Cyberonics improved cardiac function in heart failure patients in a small clinical trial, in contrast to an unsuccessful study backed by Boston Scientific.