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  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days. Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and city officials announced late Monday that the intake mechanisms that draw Toledo's...

  • *U.S. consumer confidence falls to lowest since September. NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. consumer confidence suffered its biggest blow in four years in July on a less upbeat jobs outlook, while home appreciation in major cities stalled in May, suggesting a spring pause in housing demand. The latest figure was the lowest since September 2014, while the decline was the...

  • GRAPEVINE, Texas— A man blamed for a security breach at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport allegedly slipped onto a jet to try to stop his girlfriend from leaving. A DFW airport police report released Tuesday says Damarias Cockerham of Garland faces a criminal trespass charge. Police say Cockerham ran onto American Airlines Flight 1013, boarding for...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, recovering from near six-month lows, with U.S. crude rising more than 1 percent as bets for a drop in U.S. crude stockpiles offset worries about a global supply glut and equity market meltdown in China. "We're getting a bounce of sorts but I'll be selling into any strength I see," said Tariq Zahir, an oil bear at Tyche...

  • The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved the Small Business Administration loan program in a bill the Senate had already passed. But the Senate took lightning-fast action to raise the SBA lending limit in less than a day, marking a stark contrast with Congress' protracted battle over another federal loan guarantee agency, the U.S....

  • DETROIT— A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million. In a ruling issued Friday and made public Tuesday, Chason decided that the family of 4- year-old Remington Walden should get $30 million for his death and $10 million for pain and suffering. A 12- person jury found...

  • Calais is a key port for sea and land crossings to Britain. In recent months, thousands of migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and beyond have camped out around the city, and some try to sneak across the English Channel by getting onboard trucks and freight trains. The encampments have soured relations between Britain and France, which blame each other for failing to cope...

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Republic First Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported net income of $533,000 in its second quarter. The Philadelphia- based bank said it had earnings of 1 cent per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Investors in social media shares have zeroed-in on Facebook Inc, piling into stock options to add bullish bets on the company in the days ahead of its Wednesday earnings. The ascent has made Facebook one of the ten largest S&P companies in terms of market capitalization, with the stock now worth more than $260 billion- surpassing decades-old...

  • WASHINGTON— A Democratic senator skeptical of broad government surveillance objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert U.S. authorities of any terrorist activity. The proposal had been tucked into a broader bill authorizing intelligence programs throughout the 2016...

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 28- Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon for U.N. mediation in his country's century-old border dispute with neighboring Guyana. Guyana is a small former British colony of around 740,000 people on the northeast shoulder of South America.

  • SAO PAULO— Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said on Tuesday it has revised the outlook for Brazil's foreign-currency debt from stable to negative. The ratings agency said in an emailed statement that it has kept Brazil's BBB- long-term foreign-currency sovereign credit rating and the country's BBB+ long-term local-currency sovereign credit rating.

  • NEW YORK— A U.S. judge indicated Tuesday that he was unlikely to boost a $654 million jury award to victims of terror attacks in Israel over a decade ago to more than $1 billion by tacking on interest against the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. On Monday, an official with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington wrote to...

  • *Lower coffee, sugar futures linked to weak Brazil currency. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 28- Arabica coffee futures on ICE flirted with a 1-1/ 2- year low in choppy dealings on Tuesday, buoyed earlier by short-covering but pressured by the tumbling currency in top grower Brazil, while robustas tapped a two-month low. Arabica prices bounced as the market lacked enough...

  • The Glenview, Illinois, company neither admitted nor denied SEC allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits bribery of foreign government officials or company executives to secure or retain business. The improper payments totaled more than $2 million from 2008 to 2013 and generated about $7.8 million in profits for the...

  • July 28- Coal and natural gas producer Consol Energy Inc lowered its 2015 budget for oil and gas operations by 13 percent to $800 million, the second cut this year, and slashed dividend as it struggles to cope with dismally low commodity prices. The Pennsylvania well, in the Utica shale field in Westmoreland County, had a 24- hour flow rate of more than 61 million...

  • July 28- Freeport-McMoRan Inc may cut output at its small North American copper and molybdenum mines to help it reduce costs, analysts said on Tuesday after the miner and oil producer announced a cost and spending review amid weak commodity prices. Shares in Arizona- based Freeport leapt on the announcement, and were last up 9.4 percent at $12.44 on the New York...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 28- The left-leaning government of Alberta is open to including industry incentives in its review of royalties paid by oil and gas companies in Canada's largest oil-producing province, Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said on Tuesday. The review by the New Democratic Party government, which was elected in May, combined with a recently...

  • SAO PAULO, July 28- General Motors Co plans to double its investment in Brazil to 13 billion reais through 2019 and introduce a new family of vehicles into the country, the U.S. carmaker's executives said on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference in Sao Paulo, Jaime Ardila, the head of GM in South America, said the company's investment in Brazil would be aimed at...

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— The owner of a northwest Ohio funeral home where several bodies intended for cremation were found in a state of decay has pleaded not guilty to corpse abuse charges. Robert Tate Jr. of Tate Funeral Services in Toledo was arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts in Lucas County court. A message seeking comment was left for Tate's attorney, Derek Farmer.