*Sunday's referendum shaping up as flash point for Greece. SYDNEY, July 2- The dollar stayed bid early in Asia on Thursday as the market geared up for a deluge of U.S. data that could back expectations for the Federal Reserve to lift interest rates sooner rather than later. The euro slipped to $1.1044, continuing to retreat from Monday's high of $1.1279.» Read More
GENERAL ESCOBEDO, Mexico-- Even before the tour bus comes to a stop, the women rise from their seats and wait in the aisle to exit. "The goal is to come to look for them," said Virginia Olcot, 42, of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, who last heard from her husband in September 2009 when he arrived at the U.S. border in Sonora. "
NEW YORK-- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Canadian company have settled a lawsuit over steel for an antenna that will sit atop One World Trade Center. A joint announcement was made Tuesday by the Port Authority, ADF Steel Corp. and WTC 1 LLC. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed on 9/ 11..
LIANGJIAHE, China-- The next leader of China spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave. Xi Jingping's seven years in this remote northern community meant toiling alongside rural villagers by day and sleeping on bricks by night, in stark contrast to his pampered early years in Beijing.
LANSING, Mich.-- Nearly two dozen community health centers in Michigan are getting funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that the money for 22 centers aims to enhance the quality of care and allow more women to be screened for cervical cancer.
LOS ANGELES-- Crews have repaired a pipe that leaked flammable hydrogen gas at Edison International's San Onofre nuclear power plant and officials say there was no danger to the public. Edison International's Southern California Edison unit says a small leak in a pipe fitting was discovered in a non-nuclear part of Unit 2 on Sunday.
LONDON-- Europe's top drug regulator announced Tuesday it is taking action against pharmaceutical giant Roche for allegedly failing to properly report the side effects of 19 drugs being used by U.S. patients. It is the first time the European Medicines Agency has begun a so-called `infringement proceeding' against a drug maker.
HONOLULU-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Honolulu company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed to Oahu restaurants because the products may be contaminated with E. coli.
Like other tobacco companies, Reynolds American Inc., the second-biggest U.S. cigarette maker, has ventured into smokeless tobacco and other nicotine products as tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and stigma cut into demand for cigarettes. In 2009, Reynolds bought Swedish company Niconovum AB, which makes nicotine gum, pouches and spray products.
SAXONBURG, Pa.-- II-VI Inc. posted a 32 percent decline in net income for the first quarter as customers delayed orders for engineered materials and optical components in the shaky global economy. The company earned $12.7 million, or 20 cents per share, down from $18.7 million, or 30 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.
CONCORD, N.H.-- New Hampshire health officials are testing fish in various parts of the state to see if there are elevated levels of radiation following a 2010 tritium leak at Entergy Corp.' s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
NEW YORK-- Toy company Jakks-Pacific Inc. reported a 13 percent drop in third-quarter net income as it grappled with costs of fighting off a take-over attempt and weak sales. The company, which makes toys under such brands as Cabbage Patch Kids and Hello Kitty, said it earned $30.4 million, or $1.10 per share in the three months ended Sept. 30.
BALTIMORE-- A federal judge has ruled that Baltimore County's pension system discriminated against beneficiaries because older workers were required to pay more toward their retirement than younger workers. District Judge Benson Everett Legg agreed that the county system violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- The Dubai- based developer of the world's tallest building reported a nearly 5 percent drop in net profit Tuesday, citing a seasonal slowdown, but said the balance sheet for the year remained strong.
Columbia University, which administers the prizes, announced Tuesday that Steve Coll, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Aminda Marques Gonzalez were joining the board. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Coll is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
CHICAGO-- Illinois will share part of an $11 million payment as part of an agreement with insurance giant American International Group Inc.. The announcement was made Monday by Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron. Illinois was among seven lead states that started discussions with the company.
NEW ORLEANS-- The U.S. Small Business Administration will close three recovery centers in Louisiana that were opened to help residents affected by Hurricane Isaac.
LONDON-- Stocks suffered one of their worst sessions in weeks on Tuesday following another batch of weak U.S. corporate earnings and uncertainty over the outcome of the race for the White House. Downbeat updates on Tuesday from chemical company DuPont and manufacturer 3 M added to the prevailing uncertainty.
MADISON, Wis.-- September was a good month for dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where gains in milk production were among the best in the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin harvested 2.2 billion pounds last month. Wisconsin is the nation's second-leading milk producer behind California.