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  • New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    DETROIT— Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. Toyota says it added Easy Speak "so parents don't have to shout to passengers in the back. Automakers are trying to come up with creative ways to make the out-of-fashion minivan more appealing, said Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at the Edmunds.com automotive website.

  • AAA: Md. drivers paying $3.62 per gallon Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Motorists in Maryland are paying four cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $3.62, down from $3.66 a week ago.

  • Treasuries held steady on Friday, taking in stride a weaker-than-expected U.S. consumer sentiment survey and holding onto the safe-haven flows stemming from the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and Israel in the last 24 hours.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Congressman: DC gun amendment likely to fail Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    The fate of the spending bill and the amendments will likely depend on negotiations between the House, Senate and White House. "It is time for Congress to step in and stop the D.C. government's harassment and punishment of law-abiding citizens who simply want to defend themselves," Massie said in a statement.

  • *Airbus, Boeing offer cheaper options than scrapped Nimrod. FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17- Two high-profile sea searches have exposed a shortfall in Britain's maritime patrol capabilities, raising hopes at rival planemakers Airbus and Boeing that they could soon be fighting over a multi-billion dollar contract.

  • Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- U.S. military officials have approved limited flights for Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets, improving the chances of the newest U.S. combat jet making its international debut before potential buyers this week.

  • RAF FAIRFORD, England, July 12- The U.S. Navy on Friday maintained a grounding order for F-35 B-model and C-model fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, saying it was still not clear what caused a massive engine failure on an Air Force F-35 jet on June 23.

  • RAF FAIRFORD, England, July 12- The U.S. Navy on Friday maintained a grounding order for F-35 B-model and C-model fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, saying it was still not clear what caused a massive engine failure on an Air Force F-35 jet on June 23.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., July 10- After 19 years working as a cook at Atlantic City's Showboat Casino, Dave Rose is counting the weeks until he and about 2,000 fellow workers lose their jobs when the casino is shuttered at the end of the summer.

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., July 10- After 19 years working as a cook at Atlantic City's Showboat Casino, Dave Rose is counting the weeks until he and about 2,000 fellow workers lose their jobs when the casino is shuttered at the end of the summer.

  • Despite concerns by some that the measure does not do enough to protect privacy, the committee voted 12-3 to advance the measure authored by its chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, their offices said. The Senate bill still faces hurdles before becoming law.

  • WASHINGTON, July 7- Most of the 97 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets grounded last week have been inspected, and officials hope to wrap up the remaining inspections on Monday, which could pave the way for the resumption of flights of the Pentagon's newest warplane, U.S. military officials said.

  • NEW YORK, July 3- American Express Co is set to face off against the U.S. government and 17 states in a trial that begins on Monday over claims that it stifles competition from credit card providers that charge lower processing fees.

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, after an Air Force F-35A caught fire at a Florida air base last week, said sources familiar with the situation.

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- Stanley Black& Decker Inc is recalling about 108,000 Porter-Cable routers because the power tool's uninsulated handles pose a risk of electrical shock, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.

  • *Month-end buying spurs price gains. NEW YORK, June 30- U.S. "People are generally buckling down their books, being less active, and waiting for the new quarter before taking on new trades," said Jeffrey Young, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities in New York.

  • Japan's benchmark Nikkei fell 1.5 percent and regional markets, with the exception of Wellington and Mumbai, were posting losses. The MSCI's dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down just 0.1 percent as slight gains in some regional currencies offset falls in share prices in local-currency terms.

  • TOKYO, June 27- Asian shares got off to a tentative start on Friday after a weak performance on Wall Street, and global bond yields dropped on creeping doubts on the strength of the U.S. economic recovery. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.