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  • *S&P, Dow stay on winning track, hit fresh record peaks. NEW YORK, July 20- Upbeat company earnings lifted U.S. and European stock prices on Wednesday, with the Dow and Standard& Poor's 500 setting record highs, while the dollar reached a four-month peak on bets the U.S. "The market has been rallying on the expectation of good earnings with some companies even providing...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— The Latest on the situation in Turkey after the failed military coup last week:. Turkey's president has declared a three-month state of emergency following a failed coup. State-run television in Greece says security checks have been heightened on the island of Symi following reports in the Turkish news media that fugitives from Turkey's armed...

  • PHILADELPHIA— A train manufacturer says faulty welds are at the root of the problem that has put has put more than 100 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority rail cars out of service. Hyundai Rotem's development manager, Andrew Hyer, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the weld work was designed and executed by HiCorp., a subcontractor based in...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Celebrated children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney received some brotherly love Tuesday from his hometown of Philadelphia, where officials honored him for his career achievements. "His stories and vivid illustrations demonstrate not only his immense talent but also the love and care and sense of responsibility for our children with each...

  • LANCASTER, Pa. _ Fulton Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $39.8 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. Fulton Financial shares have increased almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • BETHLEHEM, Pa.— Police say a supervisor at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, tried to steal $3,000 worth of chips from a craps table by hiding them in her bra. The Express-Times of Easton reported Tuesday that 44- year-old Brandy Micheli-Cheatham was charged with theft by unlawful taking. Authorities say cameras recorded her Friday afternoon...

  • WASHINGTON, July 19- U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in June as construction activity increased broadly, but downward revisions to the prior months' data pointed to a sector treading water in the second quarter. Groundbreaking surged 4.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.19 million units, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday.

  • BEAVER, Pa.— Nurses at the Heritage Valley Beaver hospital in western Pennsylvania have gone on strike over a contract impasse. Michael Baker, a spokesman for Heritage Valley Health System, says hospital officials are disappointed and say their contract offer is fair. The last contract expired June 30.

  • ISTANBUL— The Latest on the attempted military coup in Turkey:. Apart from the conversation Tuesday, Turkey provided the U.S. government with documents that were being reviewed to determine whether it amounted to a formal extradition request for Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania. Turkey has blamed Gulen for being behind the failed military coup, a charge...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Revenue from Pennsylvania's 12 casinos hit a record high in the just-completed fiscal year, as dollars lost by gamblers rose 3.6 percent. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Monday revenue from slot machines and tables games exceeded $3.2 billion in the 12 months ending June 30. Only Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in...

  • CHICAGO— Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8- year study in Pennsylvania. Fracking and improved drilling methods led to a boom in production of oil and gas in several U.S. states, including Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.

  • Turkish military stand guard in the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey

    Turkey rounded up thousands of military personnel who were said to have taken part in an attempted coup, The NY Times reports.

  • Organizers in San Francisco, Brooklyn and other cities are encouraging people to dress in costumes and form teams to compete in capturing the virtual Pokemon critters. Our entire staff plays it, "said Jeff Smith, a manager at the 16- Bit Bar and Arcade, the first stop on Saturday's" Pokemon Go "stroll through Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

  • PITTSBURGH _ PNC Financial Services Group Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $966 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.75 per share. PNC Financial Services shares have dropped 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen nearly...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A growing list of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's allies have pleaded guilty or have been charged in schemes involving their relationships at the powerful agency that runs airports, bridges and tunnels in New York and New Jersey, though Christie, a close ally of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald, faces no accusations of...

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety issues wrote Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday, asking the automaker to brief the committee on a fatal May 7 crash involving its Autopilot software. Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who heads the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and...

  • *Bank of England unexpectedly holds rates; sterling leaps. Expectations of more stimulus from the Bank of England and Bank of Japan have contributed to stocks' gains in the past week. The view that the U.S. economy is on solid footing, as well as reduced political uncertainty in Britain and Japan, have also buoyed stocks.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A political group in swing-state Ohio is using the game "Pokemon Go" for a purpose beyond catching cute Pikachu: registering voters. The Democrat-backed NextGen is dropping "lures," which draw the cartoon monsters hunted by "Pokemon Go" players, at game locations called Pokestops in parks and on campuses in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo,...

  • Representative Peter DeFazio on Wednesday unveiled legislation to tax financial trades that will likely wither in Congress but could stoke partisan fires in the presidential election. When the Democratic Party gathers in Philadelphia for its national convention at the end of the month, it will adopt a platform that calls for taxing trades.

  • Representative Peter DeFazio on Wednesday unveiled legislation to tax financial trades that will likely wither in Congress but could stoke partisan fires in the presidential election. When the Democratic Party gathers in Philadelphia at the end of the month, it will adopt a platform that specifically calls for taxing trades. The legislation is supported...