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  • SAN FRANCISCO— San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings— or face steep fines. That means Airbnb and others must stick to advertising San Francisco hosts who have registered with the city and haven't exceeded the...

  • LOS ANGELES, July 24- "Star Trek Beyond" debuted to a solid $59.6 million this weekend, signaling that after six television series, 13 movies, and 50 years in the pop culture conversation, there's still life left in one of Hollywood's most durable franchises. As boon to Trekkies, Paramount took the unusual step of announcing yet another sequel was in the works even...

  • MADRID— Spain's acting economy minister says he doesn't expect the European Union to fine Spain or Portugal for not reducing their budget deficits below prescribed levels. Minister Luis De Guindos says from the G-20 summit in China that "there are considerable reasons to justify that there won't be a fine" for either Iberian country. The European Commission,...

  • CAIRO— A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon Go," adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game. Abbas Shumman, the deputy sheikh of Egypt's Al-Azhar institute, told The Associated Press that the game "...

  • ABIDJAN, July 24- Randgold Resources' Tongon mine in Ivory Coast will have a slightly lower gold output this year than previously expected mainly owing to an erratic power supply, Chief Executive Mark Bristow told reporters late on Saturday. The mine, one of five operated by the London- listed company in three African countries, is on track to produce 260,000...

  • A look at Medicare's top 20 priciest prescription drugs in 2015, ranked by their cost above the program's "catastrophic" coverage threshold. Medicare's catastrophic protection kicks in after a beneficiary has spent a given amount of their own money, $4,850 this year. Catastrophic spending is a large and growing share of total costs, threatening to make...

  • WASHINGTON— A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare's "catastrophic" prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program's...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Winter has come early for U.S. refiners and blenders. The switchover from summer blends, which are more environmentally friendly and costlier to produce, usually happens in August for sale starting on Sept. 15, the date allowed under U.S. government regulations. "Why produce more summer grade right now when you can produce something at a cheaper...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are set to face off with a former Wall Street investment banker in their first insider trading trial since a U.S. appeals court curtailed their ability to pursue such cases. Jury selection is expected to begin on Monday in the case of Sean Stewart, an ex-banker at Perella Weinberg Partners and JPMorgan Chase& Co...

  • *Britain comes under pressure at G20 to give Brexit clarity. CHENGDU, China, July 24- Britain's new finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure from his peers from around the world, said on Sunday there could be more clarity later this year on how the country will exit the European Union. Several nations called on Britain during weekend talks on the world...

  • CHENGDU, China, July 24- The world's biggest economies will work to support global growth and better share the benefits of trade, policymakers said on Sunday after a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe and fears of rising protectionism. Philip Hammond, Britain's new finance minister, said the uncertainty about Brexit would begin to...

  • LONDON— British border agents are moving in to help French officials deal with gigantic backups for travelers trying to cross the English Channel into France. France is the traditional jumping-off point for car travel to Spain, Italy, Switzerland and other popular destinations. Kent police warned Sunday that motorists face waits of 10 hours or longer on major...

  • BEIJING— China's Ministry of Commerce says it has imposed anti-dumping duties on steel imports from Japan, South Korea and the European Union. The ministry said China started levying the duties on Saturday and would continue to do so for five years. For its part, Beijing faces mounting criticism from the United States and Europe that it is exporting steel at...

  • LONDON/ TUNIS, July 24- Libya's hopes to boost crude exports have been dealt a blow after the head of the National Oil Corporation objected to a deal between the government and local guards to reopen key ports. Libya envoy Martin Kobler and a number of oil and diplomatic officials, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said it was a mistake to reward Ibrahim Jathran, head of...

  • CHENGDU, China, July 24- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso welcomed on Sunday that G20 finance leaders reaffirmed their support for currency market stability in a communique issued at the end of a two-day meeting. Aso, speaking to reporters after the G20 meeting in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, voiced concerns about declines in the Chinese yuan,...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China July 24- Global finance officials, jolted by growing anti-trade and economic nationalism movements behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, are intensifying pledges for more "inclusive" growth. Certainly, the benefits of these efforts are unlikely to be seen quickly enough to influence...

  • CHENGDU, China, July 24- Turkey wanted the final communique of the world's financial leaders meeting in China this weekend to include an endorsement of the current government after the failed coup attempt last week, but did not succeed, G20 officials said. But European Commissioner for Economic Affairs confirmed on Sunday that Turkey had sought such a mention.