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  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that allows certain public agencies to buy up to $400 million in tax and revenue anticipation notes. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Friday that the bill aims to help boost the liquidity of the U.S. territory's Treasury Department amid an economic crisis. Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank...

  • *PM Tsipras urges vote for "dignity in Europe". His European partners say a' No' vote will jeopardize Greece's membership of the euro. Tsipras says they are bluffing, fearing the fallout for Europe and the global economy.

  • NEW YORK— A 79- year-old former New York accounting firm executive who did work for some of Bernard Madoff's most important clients has earned leniency at sentencing because his cooperation provided new insights into history's largest financial fraud, prosecutors said. In a filing late Thursday in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors wrote Paul...

  • His European partners say a' No' vote will jeopardize Greece's membership of the euro. Repeating his assault on European partners he accused of blackmailing and issuing ultimatums to Greece, the leftist leader called for calm. "On Sunday, what is at stake is not Greece's membership of Europe, what is at stake is whether blackmail will lead us to accept the...

  • Disney and Pixar's "Inside Out" earned a chart-topping $7.7 million on Thursday, according to Rentrak estimates. "Inside Out" had been trailing the gargantuan grosses of " Jurassic World" for two weeks, but might have the edge finally. Universal's record-busting dino film brought in $6.9 million Thursday, bringing its domestic total to $527.2 million.

  • ATHENS, July 3- Thousands of Greeks staged rival rallies on Friday ahead of a weekend referendum that may decide the country's future in Europe's single currency, with polls showing voters almost evenly split. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras exhorted Greeks to reject the deal, dismissing warnings from Greece's European partners that to do so may see the country...

  • Customers check in at the JetBlue counter at John F. Kennedy Airport

    JetBlue Airways said it began direct charter flights between New York and Havana on Friday.

  • July 3- JetBlue Airways Corp said it began direct charter flights between New York and Havana on Friday, the first major U.S. carrier to fly the route following U.S. The airline said Cuba Travel Services Inc is offering the weekly flight on Fridays between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.

  • July 3- About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident. Authorities were examining the black box from the CSX Corp train that derailed with one tank car bursting into flames at midnight...

  • MOSCOW— Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation's security chief said Friday, pointing at Finland as a possible target. Russia may, for example, revise favorable conditions for Finnish timber traders in response to Helsinki's refusal to issue a visa to the Russian lower house speaker, the...

  • *Publication highlighted dispute between Brussels and Washington. BRUSSELS, July 3- Euro zone countries tried in vain to stop the IMF publishing a gloomy analysis of Greece's debt burden which the leftist government says vindicates its call to voters to reject bailout terms, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday. The document released in...

  • NEW YORK— The New York Police Department is stepping up security throughout the city and encouraging vigilance over the July Fourth weekend as thousands of tourists stream into the city for festivities. The NYPD also will rely on a network of thousands of closed-circuit security cameras carpeting the roughly 1.7 square miles south of Canal Street, the subway...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp will hear the groups' request on July 15 for a temporary restraining order stopping the project.

  • Oil rigs increased by 12 to 640 following a slump that cut the number of active U.S. rigs from a peak of 1,609 in October to a nearly five-year low last week, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said. "This is the first weekly increase in 30 weeks and is an indication that the slump in drilling activity has ended," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil analyst at Commerzbank...

  • July 3- Investigators on Friday were looking into what caused a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas to derail and catch fire in Tennessee, forcing the day-long evacuation of 5,000 people, officials said. The flames that engulfed a car of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville in eastern Tennessee, late Wednesday were extinguished by late...

  • NEW YORK— To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. So last year, he started charging $1,500 to $4,000 for "national day" proclamations.

  • NEW YORK, July 3- When Puerto Rico hired former Detroit judge Steven Rhodes it sent a signal to creditors that one possible solution it sees is the one thing it cannot do now: declare bankruptcy. "The parallels between Detroit and Puerto Rico are strong enough that I think any of the public corporations or the commonwealth itself could take advantage of the same...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine legislator says he will try again next year to persuade the Legislature to limit the harvest on the state's popular, meaty scallops. He had proposed legislation to create a limit of 90 pounds a day per person on wild-caught Maine scallops so future generations, he said, would still be able to harvest them. Maine scallops are beloved in...

  • A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars. "Marijuana's now a legal product for adults in...

  • In a televised address on Friday, Tsipras said a report by the International Monetary Fund which arguing that Greece's massive public debt could not be sustained without significant writedowns vindicated his advice to reject the lenders' terms. Repeating his assault on European partners he accused of blackmailing and issuing ultimatums to Greece, the...