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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A Utah real estate agent killed on an Alaska cruise is being remembered by her employer as a trusted adviser and valued sales associate. She worked for Summit Sotheby's International Realty in St. George, Utah. Contributing to this report were AP writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and AP researcher Monika Mathur in New York.

  • PARIS— Air France-KLM has announced a jump in profits as it expands its global alliances and readies to launch a new budget airline. Air France-KLM reported second-quarter profit of 367 million euros compared with 41 million euros in the same period last year, helped by higher traffic, lower fuel prices, job cuts and other restructuring efforts.

  • PARIS, July 28- France posted growth of 0.5 percent in the second quarter as the delivery of a huge ocean liner underpinned the strongest increase in exports in six years, official data showed on Friday. Following the economy's performance over the first half of the year, France should have little trouble meeting and possibly surpassing the government's growth...

  • SHANGHAI, July 28- China stocks ended higher on Friday, with the Shanghai benchmark index recording the sixth consecutive week of gains, bolstered by recent solid economic data and the country's pledge to persist with supply-side reforms. The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it now expected stronger growth of 6.7 percent in China in 2017, while a...

  • Though facing tough international sanctions, North Korea uses an elaborate network of countries around the world to earn money. Congo's government received automatic pistols and other small arms from North Korea that were issued to the Central African nation's presidential guard and special units of the national police, which later deployed as...

  • KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index sank 0.6 percent to 19,955.50 and South Korea's Kospi slumped 1.7 percent to 2,402.02. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.7 percent to 26,955.25 while the Shanghai Composite index in mainland China was practically unchanged at 3,250.87. Investors were also assessing other earnings reports, including by Japanese...

  • Investigators have uncovered problems at many of the nation's premier parks— Yellowstone, Yosemite, Canaveral National Seashore, the Grand Canyon— as well as inappropriate behavior toward female employees by the Interior Department's director of law enforcement. The agency's Office Inspector General launched its investigation into Yellowstone last...

  • *China sales jump, Joy Global acquisition boost revenue. TOKYO, July 28- Japan's Komatsu Ltd said first-quarter profit surged on a global recovery in demand for earth-moving equipment led by a' dynamic' expansion of sales in China. Revenue in China, its fastest growing market, soared 104.5 percent.

  • Tesla Inc. is set to deliver the new electric Model 3 compact car to its first 30 customers on Friday evening. SIZE: Tesla has said the Model 3 will be similar in size to the Audi A4 or the BMW 3 Series, which would put it in the small-car segment. Many states offer additional tax credits, including California, Colorado and New York.

  • FREMONT, Calif.— For Tesla, everything is riding on the Model 3.. Its $35,000 starting price— half the cost of Tesla's previous models— and 215- mile range could bring hundreds of thousands of customers into the automaker's fold, taking it from a niche luxury brand to the mainstream. Limits on the $7,500 U.S. tax credit for electric cars could also hurt demand.

  • PARIS, July 28- French consumer spending fell by a more-than-expected 0.8 percent in June from May, largely erasing a spike in the previous month as households awaited the launch of summer sales, showed data released on Friday by the INSEE statistics agency. A Reuters poll of 13 economists had forecast on average that spending fell 0.2 percent.

  • PARIS, July 28- French consumer spending fell by a more-than-expected 0.8 percent in June from May, largely erasing a spike in the previous month as households awaited the launch of summer sales, showed data released on Friday by the INSEE statistics agency. A Reuters poll of 13 economists had forecast on average that spending fell 0.2 percent.

  • BERLIN— Credit Suisse says its second-quarter earnings were up 78 percent as its wealth management business reports a strong inflow of new assets. The Swiss bank said Friday that net profit for the April-June period was up to 303 million francs from 170 million francs a year earlier. Credit Suisse said its wealth management division saw a 12 percent increase in...

  • *U.S. crude stocks to fall further over Aug-Sept- BMI Research. SEOUL, July 28- Oil prices edged lower on Friday but were still near eight-week highs, buoyed by a decline in U.S. inventories and OPEC's ongoing efforts to curb production. Both benchmarks rose to their highest levels since May 31 in the previous session, buoyed by a rally in U.S. gasoline futures after...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— As pressure on North Korea grows over its nuclear weapons program, America's most valued Arab allies host thousands of its laborers whose wages help Pyongyang evade sanctions and build the missiles now threatening the U.S. and its Asian partners, officials and analysts say. North Korean laborers even have worked on an expansion of a...

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON, July 28- Glencore said on Thursday it had signed agreements to buy a 49 percent stake in coal mines in Australia's Hunter Valley for just over $1.1 billion, getting a share of assets it was expected to miss out on to China's Yancoal. HVO is widely regarded as the more valuable of the two Hunter Valley coal complexes that Yancoal is set to acquire from...

  • PARIS, July 28- French state-controlled utility EDF said its first-half 2017 core earnings dropped nearly 22 percent to 6.99 billion euros as two nuclear plants remained closed and competition weighed on retail electricity prices. Another reactor, Paluel 2, also has been halted since May 2015 and is not expected to re-start before February 2018 because one...

  • BERLIN— Swiss bank UBS says its earnings rose 14 percent in the second quarter as its wealth management operation performed strongly. UBS said Friday that net profit for the April-June period was up to 1.17 billion francs from 1.03 billion francs a year earlier. CEO Sergio Ermotti said that "considering market conditions, the second quarter results were very...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday after tech shares dropped sharply following weakness on the Nasdaq market, while investors stayed cautious as the dollar slipped against the yen. Investor sentiment was also hurt by the resignation of Defence Minister Tomomi Inada over a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stock markets sagged on Friday after U.S. tech shares retreated from recent rallies, though optimism about U.S. corporate earnings and the global economy underpinned overall sentiment. European shares were expected to open lower, with spread-betters looking for Germany's DAX to fall 0.7 percent and Britain's FTSE to drop 0.6 percent.