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  • OLYMPIA, Wash— The price of gas may be going down nationally, but Washington drivers— already paying above the national average— may see even higher prices at the pump following Saturday's 7- cent- per-gallon increase in the state's gas tax. With state gas taxes now up to 44.5 cents a gallon, adding in the current federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, the total per gallon gas...

  • ATHENS, Aug 1- Greece may seek 24 billion euros in a first tranche of bailout aid from international lenders in August to prop up its banks and repay debts falling due at the ECB, a pro-government Greek newspaper said in its early Sunday editions. Athens is now in talks with the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund to secure up to 86 billion euros...

  • Sales of luxury homes through auctions have steadily climbed since the economy started recovering, giving sellers an option outside of the traditional list-and-wait method. A few things to know about selling or buying a luxury home via auction:. STARTING PRICE: The price for a luxury home at auction is purposely set low to spur interest from bidders, so a house...

  • EDWARDS, Colo.— Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000- square-foot mountaintop oasis. The Webers tried the traditional list-and-wait method of selling the 35- acre Elk Ridge Ranch but decided to put their estate up for auction, hoping for a streamlined process and a more lucrative result. The National Association of Realtors...

  • The 48- year-old central Indiana farmer can't recall anything like the deluges he's seen from late May on this summer; the latest was a 4- inch downpour a week ago. It's a scene playing out in Illinois and Indiana, both of which set rainfall records for June, and four other key farm states. The Midwestern Regional Climate Center in Champaign, Illinois, is looking into...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 322,000 sedans worldwide because side air bags can inflate if doors are slammed too hard. The recall covers certain Dodge Chargers from the 2011 to 2014 model years, mainly in the U.S. and Canada. Earlier this month, more than 843,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks were recalled for the same problem.

  • WASHINGTON— Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The state is entering the second month of a budget stalemate and Republican leaders say a compromise could be months away even as discussions continue between GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. In June, the Senate adopted a two-year budget worth $11.3 billion, less than the $11.5 billion Hassan had proposed. "I have no intention of putting the 2016...

  • FP&L is the state's largest electric utility, and NextEra operates in 26 other states and Canada. Now, NextEra is opening its own coffers to support Right to Rise, the super PAC formed to help Bush's bid for the presidency. Kristy Campbell, a Bush campaign spokeswoman, denied any conflict of interest in Bush's relationship with NextEra.

  • Within a three-hour period Friday, the State Department made public more than 2,200 pages of emails sent from Clinton's personal account, her campaign released a letter from her personal doctor about her health and she unveiled eight years of tax returns. Meanwhile, Clinton herself was campaigning at the annual meeting of the National Urban League and...

  • The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million.

  • AIRPLANE DEBRIS THOUGHT TO BE FROM MH370 ARRIVES IN FRANCE FOR INVESTIGATION- REUTERS WITNESS, LOCAL MEDIA.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday each nation's interests clashed over an intellectual property issue and they could not reach a Pacific Rim trade deal. He also said trade ministers from the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks share a view that they will continue to make efforts toward an early...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister, Akira Amari, said he thought a deal would be reached with one more meeting. It would also clarify and standardize trade rules, making it easier for...

  • BEIJING— Official data show China's manufacturing recorded no growth in July, in a sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. The Chinese Federation for Logistics and Purchasing reported Saturday that the country's purchasing managers' index dipped to 50 from June's 50.2 on a 100- point scale, on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating...

  • TOKYO, Aug 1- The Japanese affiliate of Ernst& Young LLC has launched an in-house investigation into its audit of Toshiba Corp in the wake of the electronics maker's $1.2 billion accounting scandal, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Ernst& Young ShinNihon LLC has established a team of about 20 executives to investigate whether there were any problems...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on Friday after talks in Maui on the Trans-Pacific Partnership but vowed to keep working. "Ministers and negotiators leave Hawaii committed to build on the momentum of this meeting by staying in close contact as negotiators continue their intensive engagement to find...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared between Japan and North America over autos, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the...

  • SEOUL, Aug 1- South Korean exports extended their losing streak to a seventh straight month in July, pointing to little respite in sight for Asia's trade-reliant economies as Chinese demand cools and global commodity prices take a fresh tumble. Shipments to China and the European Union fell and growth tailed off in exports to the United States.