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  • NEW YORK, Sept 3- Crude futures rose for a second straight session on Thursday on the strength of equity markets as a respite in bad news out of China and the potential for more European monetary easing added to risk taking in oil. U.S. crude's front-month showed a gain of $1.10 at $47.35, versus a session high above $48. "You can call it a risk on day," said Tariq Zahir, a...

  • NEW YORK— Dozens of 9/ 11 recovery workers are demanding that Congress renew programs offering money and heath care to people exposed to toxic dust after the terror attacks. Congress authorized billions of dollars in payments and health services for people with illnesses potentially linked to dust released when the twin towers collapsed after they were...

  • BERLIN— Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week. Aside from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, it sports the latest Intel Cherry Trail chip, two USB ports and an audio jack. Huawei launched its Mate S, billed as the Chinese smartphone maker's first top-range handset with...

  • WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— A pair of brothers and two other men have been accused of stealing nearly 1,200 laptops bound for public school students in New Jersey. Prosecutors say 43- year-old Anton Saljanin, 40- year-old Gjon Saljanin and the two other men are set to appear in court Thursday. Authorities say Anton Saljanin later reported the truck stolen and said he found...

  • HARTFORD, Connecticut— A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will be making the renowned instruments once again, thanks to factory employees' efforts. Fender Musical Instruments Corp. closed the New Hartford facility in June 2014, citing market conditions, while continuing to make them in Asia.

  • BEIJING/ MOSCOW, Sept 3- Russia and Venezuela need to combine efforts to lift oil prices, President Vladimir Putin told his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, but refused to spell out any specific action, including output cuts. The economies of major producers Russia and Venezuela are highly dependent on proceeds from the sale of oil, the price of...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 3- The United States has imposed sanctions on Russian and Chinese companies, including Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport, for violating a U.S. law restricting weapons trade with Iran, North Korea and Syria. The State Department's notice did not specify how each company had run afoul of the United States' Iran, North Korea, and...

  • *Chicago, Paris wheat fall to fresh contract lows. CHICAGO, Sept 3- U.S. wheat futures sank to multiyear lows on Thursday, weighed down by ample supplies and weak demand for U.S. exports, traders said. Egypt's government buyer is holding an import tender on Thursday and traders are waiting to see if Black Sea origins continue their clean sweep of sales this season.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 3- U.S. carmaker Ford's Russian venture, Ford Sollers, opened a $275 million engine plant on Thursday, which will help make its Russian-produced vehicles less dependent on imported components and currency fluctuations. Ford does not currently make any engines in Russia. New car sales in Russia are forecast to drop 36 percent this year to 1.55 million,...

  • Sept 3- Medtronic Plc, the world's largest standalone medical device maker, reported a 70 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales across its business lines, in part due to the acquisition of surgical products provider Covidien Plc. An improving U.S. economy and the impact of the affordable care act has driven an increase in the number of surgical...

  • Audi: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available on the Q7 SUV, which goes on sale early next year. Buick: CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered during the 2016 model year on the Regal and LaCrosse sedans. GMC: CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered on the Sierra, Sierra HD, Canyon and Yukon during the 2016 model year.

  • LONDON, Sept 3- Giving cheap aspirin to cancer patients may turbo-charge the effectiveness of expensive new medicines that help their immune systems fight tumours, experiments on mice suggest. One reason is that cancer cells often produce large amounts of the molecule prostaglandin E2, which turns down the immune system's normal attack response to tumour...

  • The Associated Press recently tried out both systems on a 2016 Honda Accord. "Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is not something you want to engage in," said Kathy Lane, a spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to promote safety. Neither system has been tested yet by the Insurance...

  • The lawsuit by the Maine People's Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council sought to force Mallinckrodt to conduct a more extensive cleanup that includes waters downstream. "After 40 years, Mallinckrodt finally has to clean up the mess they made," said Nancy Marks, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York.

  • *Sees further threats from China, emerging markets. FRANKFURT, Sept 3- The European Central Bank cut its growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday, warning of possible further trouble from China and paving the way for an expansion of its already massive 1 trillion-euro plus asset-buying programme. The ECB, which left interest rates unchanged in a widely...

  • PADUCAH, Ky.— The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats. The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil. The Coast Guard said Thursday that the maximum amount of oil...

  • PITTSBURGH— The city of Pittsburgh's recent decision to pay $375,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by families of four people killed in flash flooding leaves Chrysler as the remaining defendant. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority have previously settled...

  • *Joy Global falls after slashing full-year forecast. Sept 3- Wall Street extended its gains on Thursday as data pointed to a strengthening U.S. economy and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi hinted at additional stimulus measures. The ECB also cut its inflation and growth forecasts for the euro zone in the wake of lower oil prices, weaker growth in China and...

  • Charlie Baker is urging the owners of the Pilgrim nuclear plant to take "corrective actions" in response to concerns raised by federal regulators. In a letter Thursday to New Orleans- based Entergy Nuclear Operations, Baker called on the company to analyze the root causes of previous shutdowns at the Plymouth plant and make all necessary repairs.

  • BERLIN— Volkswagen says its chief financial officer, Hans Dieter Poetsch, is set to become its new chairman— filling the position that longtime company patriarch Ferdinand Piech vacated in April. Berthold Huber, the acting chairman and previously Piech's deputy, praised Poetsch's "strategic vision, comprehensive knowledge of the automotive industry and...