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  • *Ford's sales in Russia up 10 pct last year, beating rivals. *U.S. rival General Motors quit Russia in 2015. MOSCOW, Feb 19- Ford has become the first major foreign carmaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously volatile market when rivals decided to cut and run.

  • While the fact that the FBI is investigating had been reported previously by the New York Times and other media, these officials shed new light on both the precise number of inquires and their focus. The FBI's Pittsburgh field office, which runs many cyber security investigations, is trying to identify the people behind breaches of the Democratic National...

  • MILWAUKEE— "Pokemon Go" monsters can roam virtually wherever they please, but they'll need a permit to get into Milwaukee County parks. "We're prepared for all of them now," said County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman, who wrote the proposal setting up a permitting process that County Executive Chris Abele signed on Feb. 10. The bill pending in the Illinois Legislature...

  • General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announces that Chevrolet will begin testing a fleet of Bolt autonomous vehicles in Michigan during a news conference in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., December 15, 2016.

    General Motors plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft.

  • DETROIT, Feb 17- General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018, two sources familiar with the automakers plans said this week. It is expected to be the largest such test of fully autonomous vehicles by any major automaker before 2020, when several...

  • Personetics, which has offices in New York, London and Tel Aviv, creates "chatbots" that can respond to customer questions through popular messaging platforms like Facebook Inc's Messenger. The division was initially allocated $100 million to invest but was given an extra $100 million in July. It has backed more than a dozen companies so far, including automated...

  • Personetics, which has offices in New York, London and Tel Aviv, creates "chatbots" that can respond to customer questions through popular messaging platforms like Facebook Inc's Messenger. The division was initially allocated $100 million to invest but was given an extra $100 million in July. It has backed more than a dozen companies so far, including automated...

  • NEW YORK— Customers are still turning their backs on Wells Fargo after a scandal over sales practices, with the bank saying Friday the number of new checking accounts people opened was down 31 percent in January from a year earlier. Wells Fargo has been releasing monthly reports on these figures since the outcry over its sales practices as a sort of "report card" on...

  • Delta Air Lines planes at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.

    Delta said Thursday it will start serving meals to all passengers on 12 long-haul routes over the next several weeks.

  • NEW YORK— Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything— baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence. In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Zuckerberg stressed that he...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Some of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds are increasingly striking their own private equity deals rather than relying on external fund managers, in a drive to cut costs and gain more control. But mega-funds such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and Singapore's GIC, are hiring specialists to...

  • Feb 16- Chicago's ethics board voted unanimously to fine Uber Technologies Inc's former strategist, David Plouffe, $90,000 for illegally lobbying in the city. The San Francisco- based company sent a letter to the ethics board objecting to the size of the fine, Chicago officials said in a statement on Thursday after the board's Feb. 15 decision was made public.

  • Feb 16- Snap Inc, owner of the popular messaging app Snapchat, set a lower-than-expected valuation range on Thursday, amid mounting investor concern over its unproven business model, slowing growth and tight founder control. The company, which filed for an initial public offering earlier this month, was widely expected to be valued at between $20 billion and $25...

  • But free meals in economy have remained scarce except on international flights and ones to Hawaii— American gives passengers a sandwich box on some flights to the islands, and Delta began offering free meals on Honolulu flights last August. Delta tested free meals on routes between New York and California last year. Lisa Bauer, the airline's vice president of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ Digital Realty Trust Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in San Francisco, said it had funds from operations of $232.2 million, or $1.43 per share, in the period. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • MSCI's All-Country World index hit an intraday record of 444.94, although stocks on Wall Street dipped as the financial sector, down 0.1 percent, snapped a five-session winning streak and energy stocks slumped 1.4 percent. Other data showed improvements in exports from Indonesia and Taiwan, and falling unemployment in Sweden and the Netherlands.

  • The company, which filed for an initial public offering earlier this month, was widely expected to be valued at between $20 billion and $25 billion. However it said on Thursday it was targeting a valuation between $19.5 billion and $22.3 billion, ahead of an investor roadshow due to start on Monday in London. "Snap is already demonstrating decelerating growth...

  • MSCI's All-Country World index hit an intraday record of 444.94, although stocks on Wall Street dipped as the financial sector, down 0.6 percent, lost ground for the first time in six sessions. Other data showed improvements in exports from Indonesia and Taiwan, and falling unemployment in Sweden and the Netherlands. "You have got to think the market is tired and...

  • The company, which filed for an initial public offering earlier this month, was widely expected to be valued at between $20 billion and $25 billion. However it said on Thursday it was targeting a valuation between $19.5 billion and $22.3 billion, ahead of an investor roadshow due to start on Monday in London. "Snap is already demonstrating decelerating growth...

  • The company, which filed for an initial public offering earlier this month, was widely expected to be valued at between $20 billion and $25 billion but fell short by targeting a valuation between $19.5 billion and $22.3 billion ahead of its marketing road show, due to start on Monday in London. "I think that the lower proposed valuation reflects feedback from...