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  • Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold, according to public sector and financial industry experts— not just gold futures or investment positions, but approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million. But for the Texas comptroller's office, which has to...

  • TORONTO, July 3- An Ontario court on Friday rejected the city of Toronto's request for an injunction to halt Uber's operations in Canada's largest city. "We are pleased with today's ruling, which confirms that ridesharing is a new business model, distinct from traditional taxi services," Ian Black, general manager for Uber Canada, said in a statement.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show. The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration late last year in its search for lethal...

  • *App to be suspended in France from 8.00 pm Friday. PARIS, July 3- Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced sometimes-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. "We have decided to suspend UberPOP in France from 2000 this Friday evening, primarily...

  • PARIS, July 3- Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday, after it faced often-violent protests and the authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service. France last week ordered a nationwide clampdown on the service and two executives from California- based Uber will face trial in France on...

  • PARIS— Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers. Uber Technologies Inc. has run into legal problems elsewhere in Europe, as well as in China and India. The French battle centers around Uber's low-cost service, in France...

  • Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. Aetna's acquisition of Humana would make it the largest provider of Medicare Advantage coverage, with 4.4 million members, a figure that could change depending on...

  • SHANGHAI— A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found. China has a long and troubled history with copyright infringement.

  • July 2- Comic-Con International will remain in San Diego through 2018, despite an effort by the city of Los Angeles to attract one of the world's top conventions for comic books and pop culture, officials said on Thursday. Comic-Con had previously only committed to staying in San Diego until 2016, and there had been concerns among city officials that it could...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Investors pulled $3 billion in assets from Pacific Investment Management Co's flagship fund in June, compared with $2.7 billion the previous month, in another sign Pimco is stabilizing since last fall's departure of star manager Bill Gross. The Pimco Total Return Fund had cash withdrawals of $5.6 billion in April and $7.3 billion in March,...

  • "I felt homeless in New York." Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. The couple's U.S. adventure started after their June 6 wedding in Volos, Greece, a port city several hours north of Athens.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 2- Standard& Poor's Rating Agency upgraded California's general obligation debt on Thursday to "AA-" from "A+," marking another sign of the state's financial recovery. S&P credit analyst Gabriel Petek cited California's newly enacted budget, "which, in our view, marks another step forward in the state's journey toward improved fiscal...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • LOS ANGELES— A former California real estate developer once honored as his city's citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects. Federal Los Angeles Judge Otis Wright handed down a harsher sentence than the government had requested for Kelly...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Per Se, the three Michelin- starred Manhattan restaurant run by Thomas Keller, will pay $500,000 to settle charges it withheld tips from workers who staffed private dining events, even as it portrayed those tips to customers as gratuities. Thursday's settlement resolves a New York probe accusing Per Se, whose prix-fixe tasting menus cost $310...

  • *IMF warns Greece needs debt extension. July 2- U.S. stocks extended losses on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a large debt writeoff, and muted U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook. "The market seems to be paying more attention to what may happen with Greece as well as whether or not wage growth will pick up," said Omar...

  • TV news crews robbed of cameras during live broadcasts Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:36 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the robbery and assault occurred at about 6 a.m. Thursday along the city's waterfront. Television and newspaper crews have been robbed in the San...

  • NEW YORK— "Magic Mike XXL" is narrowly outstripping "Terminator Genisys" at the holiday weekend box office. The Channing Tatum male-stripper sequel earned $9.3 million on its opening day Wednesday, according to Warner Bros. The two films are vying to unseat " Jurassic World" over the July Fourth weekend.