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  • OTTAWA, Aug 2- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to call a parliamentary election for Oct 19 on Sunday, kicking off a marathon 11- week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. Harper's office said in a statement he is due to visit Governor General David Johnston- the representative of Queen Elizabeth,...

  • NEW YORK— President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama...

  • LAS VEGAS— Subway's "sandwich artists" cranked out a record number of their lunchmeat masterpieces in Las Vegas on Saturday. Franchisees and employees from around the world set a Guinness World Record for the "most people making sandwiches simultaneously" when 1,481 people built subs at the same time during the brand's annual convention in Las Vegas.

  • DANA POINT, Calif.— Billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles Koch welcomed a group of roughly 450 like-minded fundraisers to one of his twice-annual conferences Saturday by challenging them to advocate for ending "corporate cronyism"- even if those policies help their businesses. The Koch brothers and their network of donors, many...

  • Aug 1- Thousands of Verizon Communications Inc workers on the U.S. East Coast could strike on Sunday with no sign of an agreement as contract negotiations with unions went to the wire, a union spokeswoman said on Saturday. Verizon spokesman Rich Young said: "At this point, we remain committed to continuing to negotiate in good faith with our unions."

  • The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of...

  • Aug 1- Thousands of Verizon Communications Inc workers on the U.S. East Coast were poised to strike on Sunday after the company failed to reach agreement with unions as contract negotiations went to the wire, U.S. media reported on Saturday. The negotiations are continuing, Verizon spokesman Richard Young said on Saturday, according to Bloomberg.

  • AUSTIN, Texas— A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he took over as the state's top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said Saturday. Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense attorney appointed by a judge to the case, told The New York Times...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich has publicly reported that he and his family are worth between $9 million and $22 million. The 63- year-old Kasich entered the race July 21 to become the 16th major GOP candidate this cycle. Before he was elected Ohio governor in 2010, Kasich spent 10 years at the now-defunct Wall...

  • *Egypt to offer new dollar-denominated bonds. CAIRO, Aug 1- Egypt has turned more than half of initial agreements signed at a March investor conference into investment projects, the planning minister said, as Cairo tries to regenerate an economy battered by years of turmoil. Egypt has signed exploration deals worth around $21 billion with global oil companies...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Times columnist Maureen Dowd also said Biden, 72, has been "having meetings at his Washington residence to...

  • PHILADELPHIA— The manufacturer of the jet that crashed on takeoff in Massachusetts last year, killing the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people, has reported a problem with a fail-safe system that can allow the planes to reach high speeds on the runway even if they are prevented from taking off. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said in a document...

  • NEW YORK— The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into Harman car radios following a recent recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler cars and trucks due to a hacking vulnerability. Hackers got into a Jeep Cherokee SUV through an electronic opening in the radio and were able to take control of the car over the Internet.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The 72- year-old vice president has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of...

  • OLYMPIA, Wash— The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers— already paying above the national average— may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7- cent- per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax. With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas...

  • ATHENS, Aug 1- Greece may seek 24 billion euros in a first tranche of bailout aid from international lenders in August to prop up its banks and repay debts falling due at the ECB, a pro-government Greek newspaper said in its early Sunday editions. Athens is now in talks with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund to secure up to 86 billion euros...

  • Sales of luxury homes through auctions have steadily climbed since the economy started recovering, giving sellers an option outside of the traditional list-and-wait method. A few things to know about selling or buying a luxury home via auction:. STARTING PRICE: The price for a luxury home at auction is purposely set low to spur interest from bidders, so a house...

  • EDWARDS, Colo.— Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000- square-foot mountaintop oasis. The Webers tried the traditional list-and-wait method of selling the 35- acre Elk Ridge Ranch but decided to put their estate up for auction, hoping for a streamlined process and a more lucrative result. The National Association of Realtors...

  • The 48- year-old central Indiana farmer can't recall anything like the deluges he's seen from late May on this summer; the latest was a 4- inch downpour a week ago. It's a scene playing out in Illinois and Indiana, both of which set rainfall records for June, and four other key farm states. The Midwestern Regional Climate Center in Champaign, Illinois, is looking into...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Earlier this month, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem.