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  • WASHINGTON— The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton's server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to...

  • TOKYO— Toyota Motor Corp. released details for its fourth-generation Prius on Tuesday, promising that improvements in the battery, engine, wind resistance and weight mean better mileage for the world's top-selling hybrid car. The Prius, which debuted in 1997, goes on sale in Japan in December, and rolls out in the U.S. and other markets early next year.

  • BRUSSELS— At the sixth time of asking, British-based brewer SABMiller accepted "in principle" Tuesday a 69 billion-pound takeover offer from Belgian-Brazilian Anheuser Busch InBev that will create the world's biggest beer company and bring together top U.S. brands Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft. Having dismissed the five previous proposals from AB...

  • Executives for the magazine company told The New York Times that the change will take place in March 2016. Playboy editor Cory Jones contacted founder and current editor in chief Hugh Hefner recently about dropping nude photos from the print edition and he agreed, the Times reported. The Times reported that playboy's print circulation, once measured in...

  • LONDON, Oct 13- Who is the top forecaster in the oil market? The surprising answer is that nobody knows because the accuracy of predictions is never properly tracked and measured after they are made. Banks, consultancies, government agencies and even journalists routinely issue predictions about what will happen to oil supply, demand and prices in future.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 13- Kim Beck once considered owning his factory's big production machines a big part of being a manufacturer. The chief executive of Automatic Feed Co., an 80- worker Ohio company that makes machines for auto plants, now leases most of his factory and its heavy equipment to another company that welds and cuts metal for him on the spot.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 13- Over the summer, as the U.S. stock market wobbled and then plunged 4 percent in a day, Citigroup made a tough choice: to dial down risk-taking in the bank's capital markets group. Citi plunged in the rankings for that part of the market during the third quarter to number eight, according to data provider Ipreo. Citigroup's decision may have been...

  • Oct 12- California Public Employees' Retirement System officials, gearing up for payouts to exceed fund contributions as baby boomers retire, are considering a proposal to lower its assumed rate of return following periods of strong performance. The change may require cities and public workers across California to pay more into the system to keep it running,...

  • The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt leads a formation of ships during a maneuvering exercise in the Atlantic Ocean.

    India, Japan and the U.S. will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said, a move likely to concern China.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 13- Gold steadied near a three-month high on Tuesday, as investors pushed back expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike to next year and on a weaker dollar. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,161.96 an ounce by 0037 GMT, after a two-day rally. *The Fed should hold off on any rate hike until it is clear that a global slowdown, trouble in China and...

  • Riding the wave of 'China-US tourism year'

    Chris Babb, president and owner of The Group Tour Company, says the U.S. is ready to accommodate rising numbers of Chinese tourists which are expected to increase to 5 million a year in tandem with the “China-U.S. Tourism Year” in 2016.

  • The battle against Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

    Washington has imposed "extraordinary burdens" on U.S. citizens abroad, says James Bopp Jr., an attorney at The Bopp Law Firm representing plaintiffs in a case against the U.S. government with regards to FATCA.

  • NEW YORK— The New York Times' vast archive of historical photographs was threatened this weekend when a broken water pipe flooded an area known as the morgue, causing minor damage. The newspaper says it happened on Saturday in the lower sub-basement level of the former New York Herald Tribune building in Manhattan, next to its headquarters.

  • Oct 12- The officers who run the California Public Employees' Retirement System are proposing to lower investment targets, a move that could lead to higher contributions for government workers across California, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The plan for CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the United States, would reduce the fund's return...

  • HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ The First Bancshares Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter net income of $2.2 million. The First Bancshares shares have increased 16 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: The First Bancshares, Earnings Report.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Traders will look for further confirmation Tuesday that the stock market has found its footing, ahead of the first major bank earnings.

  • LOS ANGELES— The Volkswagen clean diesel emissions scandal is still chugging along, but Hollywood already has its eyes on a possible movie about the ordeal. Paramount Pictures and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way have optioned the rights to a book proposal from New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the ongoing debacle.

  • JACKSON, Miss.— The company that has run Vicksburg's DiamondJacks casino since it came out of bankruptcy in 2013 will buy it. Gulfport- based Foundation Gaming Group made the announcement Monday. Mississippi's Gaming Commission is scheduled to vote on approving the sale Thursday.

  • Why so few Democrats are running for president

    Bates Gill, CEO of the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, says there has been a sense of "heir apparent" surrounding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

  • The headwinds blowing US banks off track

    Richard Bove, financial analyst and vice president of equity research at Rafferty Capital, attributes the underperformance of U.S. lenders to factors such as weakness in trading.