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  • Going for as much as $4 per ounce, human breast milk is a hot commodity that is emerging as a surprisingly cutthroat industry, one that states are now seeking to regulate amid a battle for control between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply hospital neonatal units. In the United States, there are two for-profit companies and soon to be three, and one...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 7- When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. "I think they raise serious public safety questions," said Joe Simitian, the former California lawmaker who spearheaded the state's laws on phone use while driving. "You can't be looking at a...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke on Monday with Greece's prime minister and finance minister and said Washington looked forward to Athens and other parties resuming conversations toward resolving the Greek situation, a Treasury spokeswoman said. Lew voiced hope such an outcome "will allow Greece to make difficult but necessary fiscal and structural...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke on Monday with Greece's prime minister and finance minister and said Washington looked forward to Athens and other parties resuming conversations toward resolving the Greek situation, a Treasury spokeswoman said.

  • SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia holds interest rate meeting- 0430 GMT. PARIS- Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer is due to speak about EU capital markets union at a financial sector conference- 0700 GMT. FRANKFURT- German's Bundesbank Board member Joachim Nagel to speak on "Asset Management of Public Pension Funds"- 1400 GMT.

  • ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's combative finance minister resigns, removing one major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. -EUROZONE- GREECE/ GERMANY, moved, by Paul Carrel, 640 words. -MARKETS- GREECE/ VOTE REACTION, moved, by Jamie McGeever, 800 words.

  • VIENNA, July 6- Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions-- and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still. The Revolutionary Guards Corps, created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a...

  • WASHINGTON— Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections. Last month's Supreme Court decision upholding the statute's federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOP's best chance of...

  • PHILADELPHIA— A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab. The losers are rural counties with farming operations, nonpoint source polluters, the agricultural industry, and those states that...

  • NEW YORK- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini says he is confident that an antitrust review of its proposed purchase of Humana Inc will allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns of significant regulatory hurdles. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's outspoken finance minister resigns, removing a major obstacle...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. service firms grew at a slightly faster pace in June, as business activity and new orders increased. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its services index edged up to 56 in June from 55.7 in May. "This was a mixed but still decent report on the U.S. economy," said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.

  • WASHINGTON, July 6- Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will return as a partner at the law firm he had left to become the nation's top law enforcement official, his new employer said in a statement. Holder, who led the Justice Department from 2009 to 2015 and was one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving cabinet members, will return to Covington& Burling,...

  • MANILA, Philippines— China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud between Beijing and Manila over the South China Sea, the Chinese ambassador to Manila said Monday. The five-member tribunal starts hearings in The Hague on Tuesday to address...

  • WASHINGTON— Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts. In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the latest research on lead paint. "It was like I hadn't left Harvard," Roland Fryer,...

  • "I think it's horrible," says 85- year-old Eileen Finlay, the widow of a former village police chief, after seeing a seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home built adjacent to her modest ranch on a narrow, tree-lined street in Southampton. The village of East Hampton enacted new zoning laws last month aimed at restricting the size of new homes in certain neighborhoods;...

  • WASHINGTON— After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and try to take back the White House next year.

  • 'Take the bailout', Greek voters say—just barely Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 4:36 PM ET
    A rally in support of a "NO" vote in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015.

    Greek voters are torn on taking the bailout, with the 'yes' camp only marginally outweighing the 'no' voters, a poll showed.

  • Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 10:29 AM ET

    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...

  • VIENNA— World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. Officials had described sanctions relief as one of the thorniest...

  • WASHINGTON— As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean.