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  • The White House said move is required for safety in the changing Arctic- and to keep up with Russia. The U.S. Coast Guard used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy duty vessel, the White House said. "Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or under construction," the White House...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords. The information is used by Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant, and other new features that try to...

  • Sept 1- Two of America's biggest public pension funds have come together to oppose an amendment of bylaws at Bank of America Corp that would allow Brian Moynihan to continue as both chief executive and chairman of the No. 2 U.S. bank by assets. Calstrs and Calpers together hold less than 1 percent of the total shares outstanding in Bank of America.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Sept 1- Activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in at least three years in August as domestic and export orders tumbled, increasing investors' fears that the world's second-largest economy may be lurching toward a hard landing. Even more worrying, China's services sector, which has been one of the lone bright spots in the...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares fell Tuesday as gloomy manufacturing data from China and weak investment figures in Japan augured further uncertainty for investors after a brutal August. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.1 percent to 3,172.03 after dipping nearly 5 percent earlier in the session. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 1.2 percent to...

  • BOSTON— The newest classroom at Harvard's business school has no desks or chairs. Here, Harvard sought to create a live, online replica of its campus classrooms. At a recent test of the technology, alumni connected to the room from Thailand, New Zealand and the Philippines.

  • WASHINGTON— Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides at the State Department were acutely aware of the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email and other forms of unsecure electronic communication, according to the latest batch of messages released by the agency from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

  • The oil tank cars- a year ago sought-after to haul crude from North Dakota to New Jersey- now stand idle as a result of two converging trends: the reversal in U.S. shale oil production and the completion of new pipelines. Big rail lines, such as Berkshire Hathaway- owned BNSF Railways or Union Pacific are losing what used to be their fastest-growing source of new...

  • Aug 31- Iphone maker Apple Inc is looking to move into the original programming business to compete with video streaming companies such as Netflix Inc, Variety reported on Monday. Apple, which aims to begin offering the service next year, has held preliminary talks with executives from Hollywood in recent weeks to gauge their interest in spearheading efforts...

  • Corn gave up 0.6 percent to $3.73 a bushel and wheat slid 0.4 percent to $4.83-1/ 4 a bushel. "Corn and soybean markets are coming under pressure as U.S. crops are just doing fine and very large supplies from the Midwest will flood the market," said Kaname Gokon of brokerage Okato Shoji in Tokyo. Corn crop was seen at 68 percent good to excellent, matching analysts'...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska's northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean. But Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says in a Monday email to The Associated Press that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check is...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday. A move against Chinese entities or individuals before Xi's trip, the officials said, is possible but unlikely because of the strain it could put on the...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 31- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a rare public forum on Monday, seeking support for painful belt tightening to solve the city's fiscal crisis, at a meeting dominated by protests over the closing of a high school in an African-American neighborhood. Chants and boos greeted Emanuel, who was forced to agree to meet for the first time with 12 protesters...

  • "We're taking more time than we originally envisioned, but I don't think any one of our customers wants us to race to the cliff and fail again," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said at a webcast panel discussion at the AIAA Space 2015 conference in Pasadena, California. The accident, along with the failed Oct. 28 launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket, has left NASA...

  • *The USDA pegged 63 percent of the soybean crop at good to excellent, unchanged from last week. *Spring wheat harvest pegged at 87 percent complete by the USDA. *USDA also said that private exporters reported a sale of 125,000 tonnes of soybeans to unknown destinations for delivery in the 2015/ 16 crop year, the fourth flash sale since Aug. 24.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 1- London nickel sagged on Tuesday, tracking losses in China after demand jitters pummeled Shanghai's volatile nickel contract towards last week's record lows, while copper was subdued ahead of a slew of global factory gauges out later in the session. *The most active January Shanghai Futures Exchange nickel contract slipped 0.8 percent to...

  • CONVENT, La.— The Coast Guard says a barge broke free from its mooring Monday morning and sank near this town on the Mississippi River. Petty Officer Jonathan Lally, a Coast Guard spokesman, says the river was briefly closed as investigators determined whether the barge posed a danger to river traffic. The Coast Guard says an oil spill response firm is working to...

  • MUSKEGON, Mich.— A man who ran a popular restaurant in western Michigan while telling the government he couldn't work because of a bad back has pleaded guilty to disability fraud. Social Security investigators became suspicious after Fierro was featured in a Muskegon Chronicle story in 2008 about his restaurant, Pablo's Tacos. The 66- year-old Fierro fled to...

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government has fined Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million for violating safety reporting requirements. Under an order issued to United Kingdom- based Triumph, the company must pay a $1.4 million cash penalty and spend at least $500,000 to improve safety practices. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given to stores that are assigning more hours than they were expected to. Wal-Mart said Monday it spoke to store managers about controlling costs earlier this month at a holiday-season planning meeting. "Managing hours is a routine...