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  • NEW YORK, Sept 1- By all accounts, Iceland is one of the most magical places on Earth: A landscape of soaring glaciers, lava fields, steaming hot springs and black-sand beaches. And Mina Black could not focus on any of it. Even when it makes no logical sense- Mina Black fully deserved her vacation time- we are still haunted by the idea that we should be doing something else.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.08 trillion, the highest level since May 2008.

  • *Netflix down on report of Apple mulling original shows. Sept 1- Wall Street opened sharply lower on Tuesday after weak data from China heightened fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and its effect on global growth. "The PMI was below 50, which is a psychologically important level and puts into real focus the fact that China is contracting,"...

  • The companies plan to launch this option later this month in 20 U.S. cities as a feature within the Hilton HHonors mobile app. McLean, Virginia- based Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.' s brands include Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, and Homewood Suites. Shares of Hilton slipped 30 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $24.53 in early trading Tuesday, as broader indexes also fell.

  • ALMATY, Sept 1- Kazakhstan and China have signed 25 agreements worth $23 billion, aiming to move cooperation dominated by raw materials to products with greater added value, the official site of the Kazakh president and the state-run wealth fund said on Tuesday. China has invested billions in mineral-rich Kazakhstan, mainly in oil and gas, and in infrastructure...

  • JAKARTA, Indonesia— The head of the International Monetary Fund says global economic growth is likely to be weaker than earlier expected and will remain at moderate levels. Speaking Tuesday in a lecture at the University of Indonesia, Lagarde said the global economic situation will have a significant impact on developing countries, including Indonesia.

  • Other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer streaming-content only. "There's no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing_anytime, anywhere viewing is important," said Michael Paull, vice president of digital video at Amazon, which is based in Seattle. The downloadable videos are available to prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- A multimedia, multi-state advertising blitz from industry groups opposing new national ozone standards reached Pennsylvania on Tuesday, part of their last-ditch attempt to scuttle the Obama administration's plans to issue new rules governing ground-level smog by Oct. 1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent its...

  • BRACKENRIDGE, Pa.— Contract talks will resume later this month between the United Steelworkers union and Allegheny Technologies Inc.. Allegheny Technologies has locked out roughly 2,200 workers at 12 plants in Pennsylvania and five other states. The company has western Pennsylvania operations in Bagdad, Brackenridge, Latrobe, Midland, Vandergrift and...

  • NEW YORK— Dow Jones average sinks 300 points in early trading following weak China manufacturing data.

  • Sept 1- Wall Street opened lower on Tuesday after China's weak factory data heightened fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 98.55 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,429.48. The S&P 500 lost 20.71 points, or 1.05 percent, to 1,951.47 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 104.61 points, or 2.19 percent, to 4,671.90.

  • CALGARY, Alberta _ Americas Petrogas Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $7.1 million in its second quarter. The Calgary, Alberta- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents per share. Keywords: Americas Petrogas, Earnings Report.

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  • *Netflix falls on report Apple considering original programming. Sept 1- Wall Street was set to open sharply lower on Tuesday after weak data from China heightened fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. "The PMI was below 50, which is a psychologically important level and puts into real focus the fact that China is contracting," said Joe Rundle,...

  • *China manufacturing contracts at fastest in 3 years- PMIs. LONDON, Sept 1- Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday after official data showed China's manufacturing sector, one of the main engines powering the world's biggest energy consumer, contracted at its fastest pace in three years. "It was primarily the China fear factor," Carsten Fritsch at Commerzbank in...

  • *China regulators investigating stock market volatility. SHANGHAI, Sept 1- Investigations by Chinese authorities into wild stock market swings are spreading fear among China- based investors, with some unsure if they are simply helping with inquiries or actually under suspicion, executives in the financial community said. China has unleashed a volley of...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 2 percent in August thanks to strong demand for Jeep SUVs. Labor Day is typically one of the biggest sales weekends of the year as dealers hold model year-end clearance sales. Last year, Labor Day weekend was counted as part of August sales.

  • Sept 1- Discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc's quarterly sales rose less than analysts expected due to intense competition from retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and as it focused on closing the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc.. Dollar Tree's sales forecast for the current quarter also fell short of Wall Street's estimates, sending the company's...

  • DETROIT, Sept 1- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday led off major automakers reporting U.S. FCA predicted that the auto industry in August will continue its recent trend of robust sales that are stronger than the overall U.S. economy, and will outstrip an estimate of 17.3 million vehicles for the industry on an annualized rate found by a Thomson Reuters poll...

  • BEIJING, Sept 1- China's cabinet will relax requirements for fixed-asset investments, including lowering minimum capital requirements, a statement published on its website said on Tuesday, as the economy showed further signs of weakness. China would also establish a 60- billion-yuan national small- and medium-enterprise development fund, it said.