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  • NEW YORK, July 1- Not long ago, Americans megastars only came from places like network television shows or Hollywood films. These days, they also come from somewhere else entirely: YouTube. There was a restaurant called China Buffet in Tampa that hung a' Help Wanted' sign outside, so I went in and ended up hosting every Friday and Sunday for $6 or $7 an hour.

  • NEW YORK— RadioShack will live on after its bankruptcy. That means Standard General can use the name on the more than 1,740 RadioShack stores it bought in April. As part of the deal, Standard General will also acquire RadioShack's other brands, including Enercell batteries and Auvio speakers.

  • DETROIT, July 1- Toyota Motor Corp expects the U.S. auto industry to sell more cars this year than in any year since at least 2005, Toyota U.S. sales executive Bill Fay said on Wednesday. In 2005, sales were 16.94 million vehicles. June sales of Toyota's trucks and SUVs rose, and its car sales fell, in line with Detroit automakers also reporting sales on Wednesday.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Amtrak has joined a bid to have the lawsuits filed over a deadly crash in Philadelphia consolidated before the same federal judge. Amtrak says that 19 lawsuits have been filed so far in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. District Judge Legrome Davis has been handling the Philadelphia cases.

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • *OPEC output at three-year highs in June- Reuters survey. The dollar's rally on Greece's debt default, Iran's renewed efforts to reach a nuclear deal with the West to freely resume its crude exports, and signs of OPEC output at three-year highs, further weighed on the market. But the overall feel is that we have more than enough crude and the market could be in a...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Union workers at General Electric Co. have ratified contracts that increase compensation by $15,500 over four years, hold the line on health care contributions next year, provide pension improvements and make other changes. The agreements at the Fairfield, Connecticut- based company call for three cash payments totaling $8,000, four...

  • BOSTON— One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a new documentary film. Director Jay Childs says "Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket" should be released in the fall. The film is about the yearslong power struggle between cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas that came to a head last summer when...

  • *Appomattox project set to start production by end of decade. LONDON, July 1- Royal Dutch Shell has given the green light for the development of its largest platform in the Gulf of Mexico after making steep cost cuts which made the deep water project economical despite low oil prices. The decision to pour billions of dollars into the Appomattox project comes as...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. crude oil inventories rose last week for the first time since April, while gasoline stocks decreased unexpectedly, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. "The crude build was definitely a surprise as was the Cushing build," said Tariq Zahir, managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors in Laurel Hollow, New York.

  • July 1- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Greece's prime minister signaled he was prepared to accept most of creditors' bailout terms and a raft of U.S. data pointed to a stronger economy. Adding to the positive tone, financial stocks rallied after Swiss insurance giant ACE snagged a deal to buy upmarket property insurer Chubb for $28.3 billion.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Star bond fund manager Bill Gross will be getting help running his struggling Janus Capital Group Inc mutual fund from Kapstream Capital Pty Ltd's Kumar Palghat, Janus said on Wednesday after acquiring a majority stake in Kapstream. Gross, who began managing the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund in October, will continue to be primary...

  • Treasuries prices fell on Wednesday as hopes of a Greece debt deal pared safe-haven bids for U.S. government bonds and a stronger-than-expected report on private jobs growth revived bets on a Federal Reserve rate hike later this year. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told international lenders his government could accept their bailout offer if some...

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Chevrolet is the latest sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's redevelopment project. The American automaker announced a multi-year deal Wednesday to become one of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising, the $400 million facelift taking place at NASCAR's most famous track. "Chevrolet has been an integral part of the ISC family for...

  • The cases, in Connecticut and Arizona, involve crackdowns on advantage players who say they use card-counting or other methods that shift the odds in their favor, but generally are not illegal. "You do not have a level playing field," said Stanford Wong, a Las Vegas- based gambling expert who advises readers of his newsletters to be aware that tribal properties are...

  • NEW YORK— Service ratings site Angie's List on Wednesday named Chief Operating Officer J. Mark Howell as its interim CEO as it looks for a replacement for co-founder and longtime executive William Oesterle. Oesterle announced his plans to leave on April 15, saying he wanted to become more active in civic life in Indiana. Oesterle co-founded Angie's List Inc....

  • "Both row crop markets have seemingly gone from incredibly comfortable, okay demand situations to potentially tight supply, too much demand situations over the last thirty days," Tregg Cronin, market analyst at Halo Commodity Company said in a research note. Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat for September delivery was down 25-1/ 4 cents at $5.90-1/ 2 a...

  • July 1- Department store Macy's Inc said on Wednesday that it would end its business relationship with Donald Trump, becoming the latest company to sever ties with the real estate developer and TV personality after his comments insulting Mexicans. "In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to...

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL to gain presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York as part of an expansion plan in...

  • Reuters spoke to large U.S. money managers across several asset classes, and 15 of 21 said they expected Greek voters to answer yes to a question whether Athens should accept the proposal submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund on June 25. "Things will get increasingly dire in Greece as the week goes on...