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  • LinkedIn stock jumps after 2Q results Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of LinkedIn Corp. jumped Thursday after the professional networking service reported a second-quarter loss but still topped analysts' expectations. LinkedIn posted a loss of $1 million, or 1 cent per share, compared with a profit of $3.7 million, or 3 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • July 31- Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp forecast better-than-expected adjusted profit and revenue in the current quarter, helped by a rapid rise in its hiring business.

  • AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    That's what$ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The Bay Area saw a record number of houses and condos going for $1 million and above in the spring, pushing the median selling price into the cool million-dollar range for the first time in June, real estate research firm CoreLogic DataQuick said Thursday.

  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors.

  • Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. fell 2.1 percent to $35.59 with 33,017,900 shares traded. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose 2.4 percent to $3.91 with 111,865,000 shares traded.

  • EU identifies 5 Russian banks it is sanctioning Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Thursday revealed the details of its broad economic sanctions against Russia, including the names of five major banks which will see their access to the 28- nation bloc's capital market curtailed.

  • Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    Russia will begin banning imports of most fruit and vegetables from Poland on Friday for what it says are violations of health regulations and documentation procedures for some Polish produce.

  • Image of Asia: Weaving silk in Thailand Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    In this trio of photos, workers weave Thai silk and adjust batches of dried thread at a decades-old workshop that supplies silk material to upmarket stores in Bangkok. Thailand's share of world silk production is relatively modest at less than 1,000 tons a year compared with leader China, with well over 100,000 tons annually.

  • Cost cutting pays off for college familes: Report Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    The Sallie Mae study also finds that the average spent for college last year was $20,882, after reaching a peak of $24,097 in 2010.

  • Eurozone inflation down again but ECB seen on hold Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The inflation rate in the 18- nation eurozone dropped again in July, official data showed Thursday, in a worrying sign that adds pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its efforts to spur the economy.

  • Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:44 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150- year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions.

  • Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    TOKYO— American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. Tesla has said that Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California are in the running.

  • Sony surprises with first quarter profit Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:57 AM ET

    TOKYO— Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker. Sony's April-June profit soared to 26.8 billion yen from 3.1 billion yen a year earlier.

  • Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    The order also requires that workers be given information each pay period to help them to determine whether their paychecks are accurate, White House officials said.

  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. It mirrors protections Congress has already enacted that apply to Pentagon contracts.

  • Twitter and DreamWorks are big market movers Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Twitter Inc., up $7.71 to $46.30. United States Steel Corp., up $5.36 to $33.03.

  • *Twitter shares rally a day after results. Among the biggest positives were bank shares, with the S&P financial index up 0.4 percent, helping to support the S&P 500. Shares of Wells Fargo gained 1.1 percent to $52.10.

  • NEW YORK, July 30- The S&P 500 was near flat on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a rosier assessment of the U.S. economy while reaffirming that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates.

  • Feds probing for fraud in DC building projects Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press. Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S.