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___Alphabet's 2Q earnings soar despite losses on risky betsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any reve ...more

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations expert says the right of freedom of assembly in the United States is threatened by racial, social and economic inequality.Maina Kiai, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly an ...more

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Drew Brees was patient and non-confrontational while fielding repeated questions about why he and the New Orleans Saints weren't able to negotiate a contract extension before Thursday's opening training camp practice ...more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Online shoppers want their packages — now. And Amazon is spending heavily to make sure that happens.Amazon's Prime service has, at heart, always been about free two-day shipping. The $99 annual subscription includes a variety of ...more

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue.Most of the losses are concentrated in Alphabet's "X'' lab, a ...more

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.88 billion.The Mountain View, California-based company said it had profit of $7 per share. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense, came to ...more

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The Paraguayan People's Army guerrilla group is asking for a $700,000 ransom to release a kidnapped Mennonite man.Franz Wiebe Boschman was kidnapped Wednesday night as he was harvesting corn at a farm about 210 miles (3 ...more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Alere Inc., $5.09 to $36.56The diagnostic test maker said a Justice Department inquiry only relates to a small part of its business.Ford Motor Co., down ...more

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SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $857 million.The Seattle-based company said it had profit of $1.78 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 14 analyst ...more

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — An American Airlines aircraft landed safely at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport despite a dramatic discharge of flames from one of the engines.American spokesman Ross Feinstein (FYN'-steen) says none of the 136 pas ...more

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PARIS (AP) — French energy company EDF Thursday gave the green light to a major nuclear power plant project in southwest England that some consider too costly, including one board member who announced his resignation.As the company's board met t ...more

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sabotage by unhappy workers may have caused water and gas leaks, blocked toilets and electrical faults that slowed teams from moving into the athletes' village, Rio Olympic organizers said Thursday."We are considering isola ...more

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Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week for a second straight week. They still are near historically low levels.<table> <tr> <td></td> <td>Current avg</td> <td>Last week</td> <td>52-week high</td> <td>52-wee ...more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Software mogul Larry Ellison once famously mocked cloud computing as a fad. Now his company, Oracle, will spend $9.3 billion to acquire cloud upstart NetSuite.NetSuite is just the latest cloud acquisition by Oracle, and its bigge ...more

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NEW YORK (AP) — You'd be wrong to think that Facebook's Messenger app is all about messaging.Although people typically install it on their phones to chat privately with their Facebook friends, Facebook also uses Messenger to bring features and c ...more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund was unprepared for the debt crisis that hit Europe and was slow to press for debt relief that might have eased Greece's economic pain and allowed it to pay its bills, an IMF watchdog says.In a re ...more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week for a second straight week. They still are near historically low levels to encourage potential homebuyers.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchma ...more

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — GNC, which has seen its stock halved over the past year, suspended its guidance for the year its chief executive is leaving the company after a failed turnaround attempt.Shares of the nutritional supplement retailer plunged 18 ...more

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted the country's former top anti-corruption official of "spreading false news" over a damning report he had issued, sentencing him to a year in prison that he must pay fines to avoid.Judge Haitha ...more

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's government-backed Mubadala Development Company has agreed to buy a 20-percent stake in Bahraini investment firm Investcorp.Investcorp said Thursday that Mubadala will take a 9.99-percent stake immed ...more

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LONDON (AP) — For years, Britain bragged about its economic performance, contrasting it with the neighboring eurozone, which was struggling with a series of financial crises and stagnation.The economic shockwaves of the "Brexit" vote, which lead ...more

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HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is a land of architectural splendors, stunning scenery, warm, welcoming people and some of the world's worst hotels.Communist states aren't known for their hotel management, and I've heard and lived a string of hotel horror st ...more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications was still at a low level that suggested hiring is healthy.THE NUMBERS: Applications for unemployment benefits rose 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to a still-low 266,000. ...more

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MADRID (AP) — Spain's unemployment rate dropped to 20 percent in the second quarter from 20.9 percent in the previous three-month period, official figures showed Thursday, offering some positive news for acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he tries ...more

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