North America


  • WASHINGTON, July 30- U.S. economic growth likely regained steam in the second quarter as activity picked up broadly, which would bolster expectations for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Several hours of negotiations between Argentine officials and holdout investors ended without a resolution, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said in New York on Tuesday, just a day before the nation faces a possible default. If a deal is not reached, Argentina faces another default on its sovereign obligations.

  • NEW YORK, July 30- An historic meeting between Argentina's top government officials and the holdout creditors it has battled for years in U.S. courts took place late on Tuesday, though their differences remain unresolved, the court-appointed mediator said.

  • Argentina, US bondholders meet as deadline looms Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Argentina's economy minister emerged from daylong negotiations aimed at preventing a default Tuesday to say both sides had finally spoken for the first time, a development that raised hopes that a deal might be reached to avert a financial crisis.

  • As Fed meets, key issues likely to stay unanswered Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve will likely end a policy meeting Wednesday with a lot of questions unanswered:. Chair Janet Yellen gave few hints about the answers to such issues when she testified to Congress this month.

  • US economy likely showed big rebound last quarter Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a dismal start to the year reflecting a harsh winter, the U.S. economy showed signs of rebounding in the spring, with many forecasters expecting growth to be even stronger in the second half of the year.

  • Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Tom Harkin, D- Iowa, a critic of the for-profit education industry who chairs the Senate Education Committee, finds that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in the 2012-2013 school term.

  • Small cars fare poorly in crash tests Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests. The Nissan Leaf, Nissan Juke, Fiat 500 L and Mazda5 wagon all fared worst in the tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an Arlington, Va.- based safety group that's funded by insurers.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Several hours of negotiations between Argentine officials and holdout investors ended without a resolution, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said in New York on Tuesday, just a day before the nation faces a possible default.

  • Brent hovers near $107.50 ahead of U.S. data Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:43 PM ET

    *U.S., EU impose more sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. *Libya says oil output stays at 500,000 bpd. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, Africa and Europe continued to underpin prices, although so far there has been no major disruption to oil supplies.



  • Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue -report Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:27 PM ET

    The GAO estimated $2.6 billion to $3.7 billion in lost revenue from April 2009 to February 2014 as manufacturers exploited loopholes in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act which raised taxes for smoking-tobacco products.

  • popular dating website intentionally misled couples about their suitability could open it up to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission inquiry, according to lawyers and experts in consumer-protection law.

  • PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010..

  • July 29- A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California charged PG&E Corp on Tuesday alleging it obstructed the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board into the deadly San Bruno natural gas explosion in 2010..

  • Argentina has until late Wednesday to either pay out or reach a deal with the hedge funds that are suing for full payment on their bonds to avert a second default in little over a decade in Latin America's No. 3 economy. "It's not just damage to Argentina. Regional heavyweight Brazil also backed Argentina.

  • TOKYO, July 30- U.S. crude oil futures regained some of the previous day's losses to trade above $101 early on Wednesday, after industry data showed U.S. petroleum stockpiles fell much more sharply than expected. *U.S. crude futures for September delivery rose 8 cents to $101.05 a barrel by 0000 GMT, after finishing 70 cents lower on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof unexpectedly arrived in New York on Tuesday to join last-minute debt negotiations with "holdout" investors in a bid to avert a default.

  • July 29- McDonald's Corp, not just its franchisees, can be held liable in complaints that the company violated employee rights, an official at the U.S. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin Jr. wrote in the letter that of the 181 complaints filed against the fast-food chain since November 2012 in connection with employee protests, 43 had merit.