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  • ATHENS, Greece— A left-wing opposition leader is telling voters they won't find a Greek exit from the common European currency hard. Former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis says his Popular Unity party's avowed aim of adopting a new national currency— which most Greeks oppose— would be as simple "as drinking a glass of water." Lafazanis was instrumental in...

  • NEW YORK— This month's Federal Reserve policy meeting could signal the end of an era. The Standard& Poor's 500 index has almost tripled since bottoming in March 2009, as corporate profits have surged. Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at asset manager Northern Trust, explains what he expects to happen with interest rates, how that will impact financial...

  • *MSCI global stocks index climbs. NEW YORK, Sept 3- The euro fell 1 percent on Thursday on a darkening euro zone outlook, while global stock markets rallied as the European Central Bank chief pledged to beef up or prolong the bank's economic stimulus if necessary. ECB President Mario Draghi's comments on the bank's bond-buying program came as the bank cut its...

  • *B&G to also buy General Mills' Le Sueur canned vegetables unit. Sept 3- Snack food company B&G Foods Inc said it would buy General Mills Inc's Green Giant frozen foods and Le Sueur canned vegetables brands for about $765 million to expand its distribution network and enter the frozen foods market. B&G plans to double the amount General Mills has been spending on...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Prosecutors have charged three people with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme they say was built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel that they never developed. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia unsealed an indictment Thursday against 34- year-old Troy Wragg, formerly of Philadelphia, 32- year-old...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- Los Angeles has dropped a lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, of discriminatory mortgage lending, ending the first of the city's four lawsuits accusing major banks of driving up foreclosures among minority borrowers. Los Angeles is still pursuing similar complaints against Bank of America, Wells Fargo& Co and Citigroup Inc..

  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- Crude futures rose for a second straight session on Thursday on the strength of equity markets as a respite in bad news out of China and the potential for more European monetary easing added to risk taking in oil. U.S. crude's front-month showed a gain of $1.10 at $47.35, versus a session high above $48. "You can call it a risk on day," said Tariq Zahir, a...

  • NEW YORK— Dozens of 9/ 11 recovery workers are demanding that Congress renew programs offering money and heath care to people exposed to toxic dust after the terror attacks. Congress authorized billions of dollars in payments and health services for people with illnesses potentially linked to dust released when the twin towers collapsed after they were...

  • BERLIN— Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week. Aside from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, it sports the latest Intel Cherry Trail chip, two USB ports and an audio jack. Huawei launched its Mate S, billed as the Chinese smartphone maker's first top-range handset with...

  • WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— A pair of brothers and two other men have been charged with stealing nearly 1,200 laptops bound for public school students in New Jersey after investigators determined their story about a theft didn't add up. Anton Saljanin, 43, and Gjon Saljanin, 40, were due to appear in court Thursday with Ujka Vulaj, 54, and Carlos Caceres, 37, on charges...

  • Four workers remained on the payroll after the New Hartford plant closed, and one of them, Darren Wallace, spent hundreds of hours of his own time setting up what equipment was left so it would be ready if production ever began again. After Ovation was sold in December, the new owner planned to move the remaining operations to California but decided to keep them in...

  • BEIJING/ MOSCOW, Sept 3- Russia and Venezuela need to combine efforts to lift oil prices, President Vladimir Putin told his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, but refused to spell out any specific action, including output cuts. The economies of major producers Russia and Venezuela are highly dependent on proceeds from the sale of oil, the price of...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 3- The United States has imposed sanctions on Russian and Chinese companies, including Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport, for violating a U.S. law restricting weapons trade with Iran, North Korea and Syria. The State Department's notice did not specify how each company had run afoul of the United States' Iran, North Korea, and...

  • *Chicago, Paris wheat fall to fresh contract lows. CHICAGO, Sept 3- U.S. wheat futures sank to multiyear lows on Thursday, weighed down by ample supplies and weak demand for U.S. exports, traders said. Egypt's government buyer is holding an import tender on Thursday and traders are waiting to see if Black Sea origins continue their clean sweep of sales this season.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 3- U.S. carmaker Ford's Russian venture, Ford Sollers, opened a $275 million engine plant on Thursday, which will help make its Russian-produced vehicles less dependent on imported components and currency fluctuations. Ford does not currently make any engines in Russia. New car sales in Russia are forecast to drop 36 percent this year to 1.55 million,...

  • Sept 3- Medtronic Plc, the world's largest standalone medical device maker, reported a 70 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales across its business lines, in part due to the acquisition of surgical products provider Covidien Plc. An improving U.S. economy and the impact of the affordable care act has driven an increase in the number of surgical...

  • Audi: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available on the Q7 SUV, which goes on sale early next year. Buick: CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered during the 2016 model year on the Regal and LaCrosse sedans. GMC: CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered on the Sierra, Sierra HD, Canyon and Yukon during the 2016 model year.

  • LONDON, Sept 3- Giving cheap aspirin to cancer patients may turbo-charge the effectiveness of expensive new medicines that help their immune systems fight tumours, experiments on mice suggest. One reason is that cancer cells often produce large amounts of the molecule prostaglandin E2, which turns down the immune system's normal attack response to tumour...

  • The Associated Press recently tried out both systems on a 2016 Honda Accord. "Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is not something you want to engage in," said Kathy Lane, a spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to promote safety. Neither system has been tested yet by the Insurance...

  • The lawsuit by the Maine People's Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council sought to force Mallinckrodt to conduct a more extensive cleanup that includes waters downstream. "After 40 years, Mallinckrodt finally has to clean up the mess they made," said Nancy Marks, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York.