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  • *Google sticks to position ruling only applies in Europe. BRUSSELS, July 30- Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines. However, it has limited removals to its European websites, such as...

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas— Three passengers were slightly hurt while evacuating an American Airlines jet after smoke was detected in the plane as it prepared to leave Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the crew of Flight 1658 deployed the emergency slides during Thursday's incident. Huguely says American officials...

  • NEW YORK— Medical device maker Abbott Laboratories said Thursday it has agreed to buy replacement heart valve maker Tendyne Holdings for $225 million, and has invested in a second company in the field. Tendyne is conducting a U.S. clinical trial of a product called the bioprosthetic mitral valve system and it plans to start a study in 2016 to support approval of...

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- General Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday. The prospective government partners include Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and...

  • LAS VEGAS— Operators of a coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas are agreeing to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources don't admit liability or wrongdoing in the proposed settlement...

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexico's central bank says it will increase dollar auctions from $52 million to $200 million per day through the end of September to stabilize the badly weakened peso. The Bank of Mexico also announced it would lower the level of currency market volatility needed to trigger the auction. Mexico has about $190.7 billion in international reserves.

  • *4th- qtr sales $17.79 bln vs est. July 30- Procter& Gamble Co reported its sixth straight quarter of falling sales, hurt mainly by the stronger dollar. JP Morgan analysts noted that P&G's volume sales were the weakest in five years.

  • July 30- Indoor cycling fitness chain SoulCycle Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Thursday for an initial public offering of common stock. Goldman Sachs, Bofa Merrill Lynch and Citigroup are among those underwriting the IPO, the New York- based company said in a preliminary prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • LUSAKA, July 30- Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corporation will cut power supply to mines it services by 30 percent from midnight, a senior industry official said on Thursday. Copperbelt Energy buys electricity from state power company Zesco Ltd and supplies it to companies including Vedanta Resources, Glencore and Vale. "Copperbelt Energy Corporation...

  • *Facebook, Whole Foods fall after results. Procter& Gamble, Facebook and Whole Foods Market all fell after quarterly reports that left investors wanting more. "We've been stuck in a 3- percent band since almost the beginning of the year," said Warren West, principal at Greentree Brokerage Services in Philadelphia.

  • MENLO PARK, California— Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world. Engineers at the giant social network say they've built a drone with a 140- foot wingspan that weighs less than 1,000 pounds.

  • July 30- Virgin America Inc, a low-cost airline partly owned by billionaire Richard Branson, said it expects business to improve in Dallas, a major airline hub where competition has led to increased discounting. Dallas, which accounts for 12 percent of Virgin America's total capacity, is the hometown of No. 1 U.S. airline American Airlines Group Inc and Southwest...

  • LUSAKA, July 30- Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corporation will cut power supply to mines it services by 30 percent from midnight, a senior industry official said on Thursday. "Copperbelt Energy Corporation informed us this morning that it will cut power supply to the copper belt mines it supplies by 30 percent from midnight. Copperbelt Energy buys electricity...

  • Refining margin $14.84/ barrel vs $16.02 year earlier. July 30- Marathon Petroleum Corp's quarterly refining margins fell as the company did not benefit from the slump in oil prices mainly due to its big exposure to the U.S. Marathon Petroleum's shares fell as much as 5 percent on Thursday.

  • Just days into the second-quarter earnings season, Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc said they would slash a combined 8,000 thousand jobs around the world. In North Dakota, Whiting Petroleum Corp, the top producer in the No. 2 U.S. oil patch, cut its capital expenditure budget days after optimistically raising it 15 percent on bets the renewed downturn in...

  • If it acquires K+ S, Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer producer, would finish building K+ S's Saskatchewan mine and operate it, selling its potash offshore through its Canpotex marketing arm, Chief Executive Jochen Tilk said during a conference call. Potash Corp said it intends to talk with K+ S management, despite K+ S's rejection this month of Potash...

  • NEW YORK, July 30- Crude futures erased early gains on Thursday after bullish sentiment from a drawdown in U.S. stockpiles was checked by a rally in the dollar. Oil has lost more than $10 a barrel over the past month, with global benchmark Brent nearing a six-month trough earlier this week and U.S. futures near four-month lows, amid a global glut, resurgent dollar and...

  • BOSTON/ DETROIT, July 30- A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall on what the future course of transportation policy...

  • PARIS— Global cosmetics leader L'Oreal says its 2015 profit grew 8.5 percent in the first half, driven by improvement among higher-end makeup and perfume lines including Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Kiehl's. The French company said in its first-half earnings report released Thursday that total profit amounted to 1.88 billion euros, up from 1.73...