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  • WASHINGTON, July 23- U.S. Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a pledge to roll back former President Barack Obama's signature...

  • NEW YORK, July 21- Optimism is souring around small-cap stocks for some investors, with a host of factors conspiring to up-end gains that have taken them to record highs. Small-caps, which led the market's rally just after the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, are facing weak earnings forecasts, little progress on tax reform and recent outflows.

  • Studios on Sunday say the Christopher Nolan World War II epic earned an estimated $50.5 million to top the charts, with $11.7 million of that coming from IMAX screens. The well-reviewed Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith comedy "Girls Trip" also beat expectations, taking second place with $30.4 million. Not so successful was Luc...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 23- "Dunkirk" and "Girls Trip" are opening above expectations at the domestic box office, while "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" looks like a huge flop. Christopher Nolan's World War II film from Warner Bros. is flying past earlier projections to a $50.5 million opening weekend from 3,720 locations. "We're absolutely thrilled with this...

  • HONOLULU— A high-rise fire recently claimed the lives of three people in Honolulu, and the apartment building where the blaze broke out had no fire sprinklers. Residential high-rise buildings must install sprinkler systems if the building undergoes significant renovations, according to the city Department of Buildings. For older high-rise buildings, most...

  • BMW said it rejected accusations its diesel cars with Euro 6 engines do not provide adequate exhaust treatment because the AdBlue tanks- that inject urea solution as part of the process- are too small. It said its technology combined AdBlue tanks with catalytic converters to lower harmful nitrogen oxide concentrations, fulfilling all requirements and...

  • Broth and soup maker Pacific Foods is being bought by Campbell Soup for $700 million, the latest example of a big packaged food maker acquiring a smaller maker of products that are seen as fresher or more wholesome. Though Campbell introduced some organic soups under its own name in 2015, it says Oregon- based Pacific Foods is more of a leader in that area.

  • The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the water will be canned at the MillerCoors Trenton, Ohio, brewery over the next three years in a partnership with the American Red Cross. Red Cross officials say clean drinking water is one of the most urgent needs after a disaster because normal supplies are often contaminated or inaccessible.

  • FRANKFURT, July 23- German carmaker BMW on Sunday rejected media reports that the emissions treatment systems in its vehicles did not work effectively and that it colluded with rivals on their design and prices. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday that BMW, VW, Audi and Porsche may have colluded to fix the prices and designs of diesel emissions treatment...

  • HONOLULU— When Moon Yun Pellerin's parents bought a 27th- floor apartment in a high-rise overlooking Waikiki about 15 years ago, they didn't realize the wave-shaped building had no fire sprinklers. The Marco Polo Apartments were built in 1971, before sprinklers became mandatory for new construction in Honolulu. Many— including New York, Chicago, Dallas and San...

  • NEW YORK— A battle between two New York billionaires has been holding up a plan to replace a crumbling pier on Manhattan's Hudson River waterfront with an avant-garde park on pilings rising above the riverbed. Proponents and opponents of the $250 million project plan to meet Monday to try and reach a settlement that would avoid more legal action in a conflict...

  • SAO PAULO, July 23- A trading firm owned by Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi's family has been the biggest winner from Brazil's corn subsidies this year, underscoring the tensions between the billionaire farm magnate's political responsibilities and his investments. Traders say Brazil's centre-right government raised eyebrows with a decision to start...

  • NEW YORK, July 23- A small group of companies and individuals are looking to register racially charged words and symbols for their products, including the N-word and a swastika, based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision on trademarks last month. Patent and Trademark Office since the unanimous June 19 ruling throwing out a federal law prohibiting disparaging...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey Gov. The Republican issued a conditional veto on Friday of the law passed by the Democrat-led Legislature that would have increased the eligibility period for family leave insurance from six to 12 weeks. Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, who sponsored the measure, said that he isn't surprised Christie vetoed the bill, but said...

  • *Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank falls after quarterly earnings. *Saudi's Alinma Bank, Arabian Shield rise after earnings. DUBAI, July 23- Islamic finance firm Amlak helped to boost Dubai's stock market on Sunday while Qatar pulled back after events at the weekend failed to point to progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis between Doha and neighbouring states.

  • DUBAI, July 23- Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank, the kingdom's largest lender, reported a 0.9 percent dip in second-quarter net profit on Sunday as a drop in operating expenses was offset by lower operating income. The bank made a net profit of 2.42 billion riyals in the three months to June 30, down from 2.44 billion riyals in the same period of 2016, it said...

  • The Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium brings together Anticoch University New England and Keene State College in New Hampshire, Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and the School for International Training in Vermont. Cary Guant, Keene State's director of sustainability, said the consortium wants to take advantage of the...

  • HAVANA/ NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. tour operators that send Americans to Cuba are banding together to try to limit damage to business from tighter restrictions on travel to the communist-run island expected in September from the Trump administration. President Donald Trump in June rolled back parts of Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba, saying his...

  • Turkey's president has arrived in Saudi Arabia to begin a three-nation tour aimed at helping to forge a resolution to the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four of its Arab neighbors. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Saudi Arabia, the United...

  • MADRID— Spain's economic minister says the economy is doing better than the government expected as it continues to rebound strongly from recession. Minister Luis de Guindos tells Spanish newspaper ABC that he expects Spain's economy to expand 3.2 percent this year. Spain emerged from recession in late 2013 and is now one of the European Union's...