North America


  • Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching Thursday in Zambia. The Internet.org app will give subscribers of Zambia's Airtel phone company access to a set of basic Internet services for free.

  • BOSTON, July 31- USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

  • Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money. The White House says Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring contractors to divulge any labor violations in the past three years when they seek large contracts.

  • PARIS, July 31- French logistics group Norbert Dentressangle is to buy U.S.-based Jacobson Companies from private equity fund Oak Hill Capital Partners in a deal worth $750 million aimed at giving it critical mass in the United States. It will be funded through Norbert Dentressangle reserves and available credit lines and is expected to close mid-September.

  • July 31- Target Corp is hiring PepsiCo Inc executive Brian Cornell as its new chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported. Cornell, who has spent nearly a decade at PepsiCo, was a contender to succeed PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, the Journal said.

  • ZURICH, July 31- Swiss bank Credit Suisse on Thursday became the latest major European bank to say it was caught up in an investigation into alternative trading venues known as dark pools.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 31- Argentina defaulted for the second time in 12 years after hopes for a midnight deal with holdout creditors were dashed, setting up stock and bond prices for declines on Thursday and raising chances a recession could worsen this year.

  • July 30- Journal Communications Inc. and E.W. Scripps agreed to merge broadcast operations and spin off their newspaper businesses into a new publicly traded entity, the media companies said late on Wednesday. The newly formed newspaper entity would combine Scripps' newspapers in 13 markets with Journal Communications' flagship Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • *Asia's Iran imports rise 31 pct y/y to 1 mln bpd in June. TOKYO, July 31- Iran's biggest clients took in a quarter more oil in the first six months of 2014 than in the same period of last year, with China and India holding to the higher volumes they started after the agreement that relaxed Western sanctions on Tehran.

  • Homeowner who triumphed over Trump is moving on Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 91 and, apparently, the victor. Vera Coking has moved to California to be near her family.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 31- Seattle audio and video technician Todd Mueller showed up last year for what might have been a routine job except for one thing: Amazon.com Inc was taking notes. Amazon's experiment with services goes back to at least mid-2012 in its hometown of Seattle.

  • July 31- A group of World Trade Organization members has informally discussed adopting a global overhaul of customs rules without India if New Delhi goes ahead with threats to block the deal, sources familiar with the talks said on Thursday.

  • Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.

  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year. That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments combined to fuel the expansion.

  • *Settlement talks in New York end without agreement. *Pollack says Argentina default' imminent'. BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, July 30- Argentina will default on its debt within hours after talks with holdout creditors broke down on Wednesday.

  • KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:07 PM ET

    BEIJING— The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company's global profit.

  • Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 10:51 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE— Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday.

  • Senate to consider bill to keep Export-Import Bank open Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 PM ET

    The 80- year-old bank will be forced to close unless Congress acts to renew its charter by Sept. 30, but critics led by Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling have decried it as corporate welfare.

  • 1 dead, 1 injured in Long Island skydive accident Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 8:56 PM ET

    RIVERHEAD, N.Y.— A skydiving accident on Long Island has killed one man and seriously injured another. Riverhead police say it happened Wednesday afternoon at Calverton's Skydive Long Island company, which says it offers the highest jumps on Long Island at 13,500 feet.

  • *Settlement talks in New York end without agreement. *Pollack says Argentina default' imminent'. BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, July 30- Argentina faces its second default in more than 12 years after talks with holdout creditors failed on Wednesday.