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  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Dave Camp, R- Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen.

  • Senate panel backs tighter rules on political cash Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent to their colleagues a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending. "The plain text of this amendment would allow Congress to ban books, to ban movies and to silence the NAACP," said Sen.

  • Robot writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    BERLIN— The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. The Torah-writing robot was developed by the German artists' group robotlab and was presented for the first time Thursday at Berlin's Jewish Museum.

  • Indians balk at $33 million statue in new budget Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    NEW DELHI— In a country grappling with poverty, sluggish growth and a daunting deficit, India's new budget has set aside 2 billion rupees for a colossal iron-and-bronze statue almost twice the size of the Statue of Liberty.

  • Hollywood 'Godzilla' finally stomps home to Japan Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    The film opens in Japan on July 25. Director Gareth Edwards, present in Tokyo for the gala Thursday, stressed he had merely parented what was the child of Japan. Ken Watanabe, whose "Godzilla" role is one of several appearances in Hollywood films, acknowledged pressure was high for how the film may be received in Japan.

  • Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.

  • Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    TOKYO— Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster.

  • Prostitute in Google exec case linked to 2nd death Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:07 AM ET

    MILTON, Ga.— The high-priced prostitute accused of leaving a Google executive to die after injecting him with a lethal dose of heroin on his yacht had called 911 two months earlier when she found her boyfriend in the throes of a fatal overdose in their home.

  • A summer without swagger for Hollywood Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Hollywood's summer at the box office isn't just missing nearly 20 percent of last summer's revenue. The Fourth of July, the customary launching pad for some of Hollywood's flashiest fireworks, was the worst July 4th weekend in at least a decade.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 9- North Korea has complained to the United Nations about a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, accusing the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing production of a movie about a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong Un.

  • Europe stocks close flat, Portugal falls sharply Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    European stocks ended the day slightly higher, although Portuguese stocks fell sharply amid concerns over one of the country's biggest financial groups.

  • Twitter's biggest sports event ever     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports about 35.6 million people tweeted about yesterday's World Cup match between Brazil and Germany making it the biggest single sports event ever on Twitter. Jon Steinberg, Daily Mail North America CEO, provides insight.

  • Twitter's stumble Tuesday     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    Discussing what pressured shares of Twitter in Tuesday's trading day, with the "Squawk on the Street" crew.

  • Sigourney Weaver reprises 'Alien' role in new game Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— Sigourney Weaver and the cast of "Alien" are virtually returning to the starship Nostromo. The actress who portrayed unflappable officer Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" film franchise is reprising her role in "Alien: Isolation," an upcoming video game set after the events of the original 1979 film.

  • Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort. For a second day in a row, visitors waited up to five hours to get on the ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, located in the new Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios.

  • Markets steady after solid earnings reports Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stocks fell for a third day Wednesday and European markets traded tepidly as caution spread ahead of corporate earnings and after record highs on Wall Street.

  • Improper payments by federal government top $100B Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them— tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.

  • Asian equities extended losses into a third session on Wednesday following a selloff on Wall Street overnight and steady Chinese inflation data.

  • AP PHOTOS: How marijuana goes from garden to store Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:52 AM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Washington— Top Shelf Cannabis was able to open its doors to sell marijuana when Washington state's recreational pot industry finally opened for business because of growers like Sea of Green Farms.

  • Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 1:26 AM ET

    The 80- officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. Tim Cotton, a 17- year veteran Bangor officer with a fondness for the humor of George Carlin and Jim Gaffigan.