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  • BERLIN, June 30- Germanwings is offering 25,000 euros compensation payments to close relatives of those killed in the March 24 plane crash for their pain and suffering, it said on Tuesday. Evidence shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit of Germanwings flight 4 U9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf and deliberately steered the plane...

  • US home prices climbing steadily Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco. Prices in the Denver metro areas climbed 10.3 percent, while home values in San Francisco rose 10 percent. Values increased more than 7.5 percent in Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Tampa.

  • Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in London Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 7:55 AM ET

    June 30- Amazon.com Inc launched its one-hour order delivery service, Prime Now, for some areas of London on Tuesday, about six months after introducing the service in the United States. Amazon Prime members can have orders worth 20 pounds or more delivered in one hour for a fee of 6.99 pounds, the company said on its UK website on Tuesday. Amazon launched Prime Now in...

  • —after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech. But as he launches his 2016 presidential bid in earnest, his latest comments— that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists— offended many, were denounced by Mexican-American groups...

  • "The bombshells that have come down from Puerto Rico in the last two days have not been particularly well orchestrated," said David Tawil, co-founder and portfolio manager of New York- based Maglan Capital. Unlike Greece, Puerto Rico cannot seek emergency financing from an institution because it's a U.S. territory. He noted that if Puerto Rico were considered a...

  • WASHINGTON— A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday morning minutes after soaring away from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Russia also lost a supply shipment in April when its Progress capsule spun out of control.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday. Duke Energy's board of directors approved raising Good's annual salary by $50,000...

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica— The developer of a $3.5 billion hotel-and-casino project under construction in the Bahamas announced Monday that it has filed for U.S. Baha Mar Ltd. said the U.S. filings were being done "voluntarily" in an effort to complete construction and open the megaresort touted as the most expensive project ever undertaken in the Bahamas.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A dispute over utilities that is keeping Atlantic City's former Revel casino from reopening is getting worse. Bank of New York Mellon is seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit between ACR Energy Partners and Florida developer Glenn Straub's Polo North Country Club, the casino's new owner. "At present, ACR's viability as a going concern is in...

  • On Monday, the online home rental service will send 100,000 hosts in Florida, Louisiana and other states tips from FEMA's Ready campaign on how to prepare for hurricane season. During a disaster, FEMA will also provide Airbnb with real-time information so that the company can better figure out where its help is needed. And earlier this year, FEMA signed an...

  • 5 ways airlines are actually making flying better Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    The $25 fee to check bags is a fact of life on most airlines. But until recently, only Alaska Airlines thought the extra money should guarantee passengers something in return. If not, passengers get a $25 voucher for a future flight or 2,500 bonus frequent flier miles.

  • WASHINGTON— Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. In the dispute over the lethal-injection drug, midazolam was used in Arizona, Ohio and...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting outpost. Those included six cargo runs for NASA under a 15- flight contract worth more than $2...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- An unmanned Space Exploration Technologies rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station, NASA said. The 208- foot-tall rocket was the company's 19th Falcon 9 launch since its 2010 debut, including six previous...

  • An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. "We're good from a food and water standpoint," NASA's top spaceflight official, William Gerstenmaier said at a press conference. This puts added pressure on another resupply launch scheduled for Friday by Russia, its first attempt since...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • Erba Diagnostics reports 1Q loss Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    MIAMI _ Erba Diagnostics Inc. on Friday reported a first-quarter loss of $1 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Miami- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents. Keywords: Erba Diagnostics, Earnings Report.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., June 26- Walt Disney Co will ban selfie sticks starting next week at its theme parks around the world, the company said on Friday, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning Tuesday, the company will not allow selfie sticks- extension rods used for taking self-portraits with smartphones-...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia. Besides food and experiments, the Dragon cargo ship ordered up by NASA holds a new docking port, or parking place, for future commercial crew capsules. In October, an Orbital Sciences Corp....

  • ORLANDO, Fla., June 26- Walt Disney Co will ban selfie sticks starting next week at its theme parks around the world, the company said on Friday, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning Tuesday, the company will not allow selfie sticks- extension rods used for taking self-portraits with smartphones-...