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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 1- Facebook Inc's Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat. The upgrade by Instagram, which has more than 300 million users, is the latest move in the escalating battle for a...

  • TORONTO, Sept 1- General Motors Co's Canadian sales jumped 12 percent in August, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's sales edged up 0.4 percent, the companies said on Tuesday. GM sold 24,653 cars and trucks in Canada, up from 22,111 a year earlier, as truck sales jumped 14.6 percent, and car sales rose 3.2 percent. Fiat Chrysler sold 26,928 cars and trucks in August, up...

  • *China factory activity shrinks at fastest pace in 3 years. NEW YORK, Sept 1- World stock indexes and commodities dropped on Tuesday as weak Chinese data revived fears about the effect of China's economic health on the global economy and fueled more market turmoil. On Tuesday, surveys showed China's manufacturing sector shrinking at its fastest pace in three...

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is set to deliver his third state-of-the-nation address amid rising violence, a falling currency and a slowing economy. While Pena Nieto's biggest pledge was to reduce Mexico's drug-war violence, homicide numbers now are creeping up again. Pena Nieto shook up his cabinet last week in an apparent attempt to...

  • Sept 1- Canada's Penn West Petroleum Ltd on Tuesday announced a number of measures, including a lower budget and job cuts, to chop costs and said it would only spend cash it earned from operations, a step that will shrink its growth prospects. ConocoPhillips also said on Tuesday it is laying off 400 employees and 100 contractors in Canada. Shares of the company, which...

  • Sept 1- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will move the production of Jeep Cherokee out of Toledo, Ohio as the automaker readies the facility for producing its redesigned Jeep Wrangler, Automotive News website reported. The production of Jeep Cherokee is likely to be shifted to the company's Sterling Heights Assembly in Michigan or Belvidere Assembly in Illinois,...

  • JERUSALEM— Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields. The government is currently struggling to get parliament to approve its natural gas business plan, but observers fear Israel may need...

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 1- Brazilian federal prosecutors on Tuesday presented formal corruption charges against the head of nuclear power utility Eletronuclear, a division of state-run energy company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, known as Eletrobras. Da Silva is accused of receiving 4.5 million reais in bribes from engineering firms Andrade Gutierrez and...

  • WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • *China official PMI at 3- year low; Markit reading at 6-1/ 2 yr low. LONDON, Sept 1- China's giant manufacturing industry contracted and euro zone and U.S. growth eased in August in data published on Tuesday, while the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for world growth this year. "It's all consistent with a global economy which clearly is struggling to make...

  • Since the FDA doesn't have the legal authority to pull such a substance off the shelves, the agency has been building a case against those who are marketing it in bulk in an attempt to persuade them to stop. Last summer, the FDA warned consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine. A teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine is roughly equivalent to 28 cups of coffee, according...

  • *Manufacturing expansion slowest since May 2013. WASHINGTON, Sept 1- U.S. factory activity braked to a more than two-year low in August, but sturdy gains in automobile sales and construction spending suggested the economy remained on solid footing. "It suggests that the recent eruption in uncertainty towards Chinese and global growth is beginning to affect U.S....

  • Tom Wolf is shifting strategy as a state government budget stalemate stretches into a third month, abandoning heavily attended meetings with lawmakers and aides in the Capitol in favor of smaller, more private meetings without staff. On Tuesday, Wolf held private meetings in his official residence with top Republican lawmakers, including Senate Majority...

  • Sept 1- Google Inc unveiled a redesign of its iconic logo on Tuesday, the fifth such modification since the search engine giant started in 1998, the company said in a blog post. The revamped logo, displayed as a Google Doodle on its homepage, spells' Google' in a sans-serif typeface, similar to the one being used by Google's newly created holding company, Alphabet.

  • DETROIT, Sept 1- The U.S. auto industry powered ahead in August, topping sales estimates and shrugging off gyrating stock markets as consumers continued to show their penchant for pickup trucks and SUVs. The six largest automakers in the U.S. market all beat the sales forecasts of industry analysts, with Toyota, Honda, Nissan and GM reporting declines that were not...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is refining its famous logo as it prepares to become a part of a new holding company called Alphabet. The revised design unveiled Tuesday features the same mix of blue, red, yellow and green that Google has been using throughout its nearly 17- year history, though the hues are slightly different. Google also invented a new typeface called "...

  • HOUSTON, Sept 1- Demand for crude storage in the Caribbean, one of the world's most important oil hubs, is rising as producers and traders try to ride out the worst price crash in six years by holding onto more barrels or making blends that can be sold for premiums. Midstream players Buckeye Partners LP and NuStar Energy LP say they have basically run out of space.

  • "To snitch, you have to have something to snitch," Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht SA, told lawmakers running a congressional probe who traveled to the southern city of Curitiba, where he has been held for more than two months. He said Odebrecht SA had been unable to start some projects because of the investigation but that otherwise the company with revenue of...

  • VARADERO, Cuba, Sept 1- Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. Experts say many of those visiting beaches and hotels are able to afford it because they receive money from relatives living abroad, especially in the United States.

  • Customers in Chicago, Los Angeles and parts of New York can order other items from the convenience store chain, including chicken wings, cold medicine and paper towels. Stores in Washington D.C. and Boston will offer delivery in the coming months, the companies said, and more cities are planned. McDonald's, Chipotle and Starbucks are working with delivery company...