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  • WASHINGTON— A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare's "catastrophic" prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program's...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Winter has come early for U.S. refiners and blenders. The switchover from summer blends, which are more environmentally friendly and costlier to produce, usually happens in August for sale starting on Sept. 15, the date allowed under U.S. government regulations. "Why produce more summer grade right now when you can produce something at a cheaper...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are set to face off with a former Wall Street investment banker in their first insider trading trial since a U.S. appeals court curtailed their ability to pursue such cases. Jury selection is expected to begin on Monday in the case of Sean Stewart, an ex-banker at Perella Weinberg Partners and JPMorgan Chase& Co...

  • LONDON/ TUNIS, July 24- Libya's hopes to boost crude exports have been dealt a blow after the head of the National Oil Corporation objected to a deal between the government and local guards to reopen key ports. Libya envoy Martin Kobler and a number of oil and diplomatic officials, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said it was a mistake to reward Ibrahim Jathran, head of...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 23- Amid fog and lasers on Saturday, Marvel gave frenzied fans at Comic-Con their first look at a new Black Panther movie cast, the mysterious Doctor Strange, a Spider-Man teen movie and an Oscar-winning actress as the new Captain Marvel. The 6,500- plus audience, many of whom had queued overnight at San Diego's annual film and pop culture event,...

  • July 23- Tesla Motors Inc and SolarCity Corp have made progress in putting together a deal that will merge the electric car maker and the solar panel installer, people familiar with the matter said. The two companies, which count billionaire Elon Musk as a major shareholder, are in the final stages of carrying out due diligence on each other, and could agree on the...

  • The city of North Battleford, which draws its drinking water in part from the North Saskatchewan River, shut its supply intake on Friday and switched to using ground water, provincial officials said in a telephone conference with reporters. The Calgary- based company has shut the line, stopping the leak, and has been working to contain the spill.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. They included the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the murder of a...

  • The city of North Battleford, which draws its drinking water in part from the North Saskatchewan River, shut its supply intake on Friday and switched to using ground water, provincial officials said in a telephone conference with reporters. Water levels rose on Friday, pushing debris into the booms upstream from North Battleford, a city of 14,000, and the oil...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— A new Illinois law limits how police can use devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data and are at the center of a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department. "Cell site simulator technology too powerful to remain unregulated," Khadine Bennett, who is associate legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union of...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of her husband and two children who had sought refuge inside the big-box store destroyed during the devastating 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. District Judge Douglas Harpool threw out Edie Howard Housel's wrongful-death case Thursday at Home Depot's...

  • Hudson is in Pasco County, near Tampa. Trulieve and Hackney Nursery, which is the dispensing organization for Northwest Florida, received processing and dispensing authorization from the state Department of Health on Tuesday. Christian Bax, director of the Office of Compassionate Use, told the Florida Senate's Regulated Industries subcommittee during a...

  • TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— A company is expanding its search for oil deposits on Indiana State University property. Pioneer Oil Co., based in Lawrenceville, Illinois, signed an oil and gas lease in 2012 with the university, which has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties under the deal. The company finished drilling a new test well this week on a grassy area...

  • NEW YORK— The owner of Stop& Shop and Giant and the parent company of Food Lion completed their $29 billion combination after receiving regulatory clearance by the Federal Trade Commission. The Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV owns Stop& Shop. Its rival, Belgium's Delhaize Group, is the parent company of Food Lion.

  • TORONTO, July 23- Canada's economy should rebound "over the course of the year" from the impact of a wildfire in its energy heartland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Saturday on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Chengdu, China. The fire in the province of Alberta is estimated to have cut daily oil production by more than 1 million barrels and the Bank of Canada...

  • WASHINGTON— Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine's cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion. The Virginia senator is regarded as a careful, earnest politician who has navigated the...