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  • BAD NEUENAHR, Germany, July 5- Deutsche Post and trade union Verdi on Sunday reached a deal to end a four-week old strike, agreeing pay rises and job guarantees for 140,000 workers and allowing the postal operator to press ahead with plans for low-cost parcel units. After 40 hours of negotiations, the company agreed to give 140,000 workers bound by a collective...

  • "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;...

  • BAD NEUENAHR, Germany, July 5- Deutsche Post and trade union Verdi have reached an agreement in a dispute over pay and conditions that has led to a series of strikes, including one that has lasted four weeks, they said on Sunday after marathon negotiations. The German postal operator will give its 140,000 workers a pay rise of 2 percent in 2016 and 1.7 percent in 2017,...

  • BERLIN, July 5- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Paris on Monday afternoon to discuss the result of the Greek referendum with French President Francois Hollande, a German government spokesman said on Sunday.

  • *Referendum set to decide Greece's future in euro. ATHENS, July 5- Opinion polls released after Greece's bailout referendum on Sunday showed the' No' vote ahead, suggesting voters had defied warnings from across Europe that rejection of the creditors' terms would set their country on a path out of the euro. Athens' partners have warned over the past week that a' No' vote...

  • *Once-biggest exporter to Iran overtaken by China, Korea. FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, July 5- Martin Herrenknecht, founder of a company in southern Germany that is a world leader in tunnel-boring equipment, has been carefully preparing for the day when Iran reopens for business. It has maintained an office there, anticipating a day when Iran reaches a nuclear deal with...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 5- "Inside Out" delivered the firepower at the five-day holiday weekend box office as it finished in first ahead of " Jurassic World" and new entries "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL." Universal's fourth weekend of " Jurassic World" remained a solid draw, three weeks after its record-setting opening. For the three days covering Friday through...

  • BOSTON— The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission cautions it's too early to say whether revenues will meet projections.

  • BRUSSELS— CORRECTS: European Council president says he's called a summit Tuesday to discuss Greece.

  • Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers " Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend. Despite the brawny enticements of Channing Tatum and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the four-week rule of Universal's dinosaur sensation " Jurassic World" continued with an estimated $30.9 million,...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 5- "Inside Out" delivered the firepower at the five-day holiday weekend box office as it finished in first ahead of " Jurassic World" and new entries "Terminator: Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL." Universal's fourth weekend of " Jurassic World" remained a solid draw, three weeks after its record-setting opening. For the three days covering Friday through...

  • DAR ES SALAAM, July 5- Tanzania's parliament on Sunday approved a legal and regulatory framework for developing its nascent hydrocarbons industry, after days of contentious debate. East Africa has become a new oil and gas frontier after a string of discoveries that producers hope to exploit to supply energy-hungry Asian markets. Lawmakers are expected to...

  • FRANKFURT, July 5- Berlin is wooing private investors including Macquarie and JP Morgan to take a stake in its much-delayed new international airport, German newspaper Bild wrote on Sunday. He said the company was in a "pre-notification phase" with the European Commission, in which it has to demonstrate the potential return on investment for any private...

  • DHAKA, July 5- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has upgraded its rating for Bangladesh, in a move that should make it easier for local entrepreneurs and banks to secure credit, the country's central bank governor said on Sunday. The upgrade puts Bangladesh on a higher rating than neighboring countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal,...

  • HOUSTON— A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge's order to share with the new owner the...

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, July 5- China's stock markets face a make-or-break week after officials rolled out an unprecedented series of steps at the weekend to prevent a full-blown stock market crash that would threaten the world's second-largest economy. In an extraordinary weekend of policy moves, brokerages and fund managers vowed to buy massive amounts of...

  • NEW YORK— Pete Meegan had every intention of going back to college, but then he got a summer job in the Chicago trading pits and fell in love with the "roar" of the floor, the excitement of "4,000 people yelling,' Buy! ' "and decided no more classroom for him. On Monday, most futures pits in Chicago and New York, where frenzied buying and selling once helped set prices on cattle...

  • JERUSALEM— Israel is welcoming the Greek foreign minister for a three-day visit as his country faces a financial crisis at home, with Greeks voting on a referendum about their country's future. Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Sunday that the visit from Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias would have an "economic emphasis" but...

  • ATHENS, July 5- Greeks voted on Sunday in a referendum that could determine their future in Europe's common currency, with banks shuttered, the treasury empty and a population desperate, angry and so deeply split that the outcome was too close to call. His European partners, however, say rejection would set Greece on a path out of the euro, with potentially...

  • Its largest utility, Green Mountain Power, gets 9 percent of its mix from Seabrook, company spokeswoman Kristin Carlson said. But Vermont takes about a third of its power from the huge dams on the rivers of northern Quebec. All of it raises a question: Is greener-than-thou Vermont just exporting its energy problems?