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Praise for ‘small-town boy’ hit by Stewart’s car

The casket of race car driver Kevin Ward Jr., is taken from a hearse before being carried into South Lewis Central School before a funeral on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Turin, N.Y. Ward died after being struck by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s car during a race last weekend...
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Illinois company is latest to test market for carp

In this July 16, 2014 photo, plant manager Peter Allen feeds Asian carp onto a conveyer belt at the American Heartland Fish Products carp-processing plant near Grafton, Ill., north of St. Louis. The fledgling plant, which converts the nuisance fish into everything from animal...

US stocks creep higher following earnings news

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising corporate earnings helped push the U.S. stock market higher Thursday in a day of light summertime trading. Berkshire Hathaway crossed another milestone, trading above $200,000 a share for the first time. KEEPING SCORE: As of 3:17 p.m. Eastern time,...

GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment. The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux...
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Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season

Julie Wilkins helps her grandson Griffin Brady, 3, put a box of crayons in a shopping cart while shopping for school supplies with their family at a Target store in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies is from...

Berkshire Hathaway stock tops $200,000

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Naysayers have been calling shares of Warren Buffett’s company overpriced for decades. But Berkshire Hathaway Class A stock, which first topped $1,000 in 1983, on Thursday surpassed $200,000. “Everybody has now been proven wrong on it,”...

JC Penney posts narrower 2Q loss, sales rise

PLANO, Texas (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. (JCP) reported a narrower loss for its second quarter that beat Wall Street expectations. The beleaguered department store operator also said Thursday that sales rose 6 percent at established locations during the period, the third...

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won’t be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola,...
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Coca-Cola bets on energy drinks with Monster stake

This undated file photo provided by Monster Beverage Company shows a can of Monster M 80 energy drink. Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, with the world’s biggest soda maker hoping to benefit from the rapid growth of energy...

Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak

NEW YORK (AP) — The literary executor of George Orwell’s estate is accusing Amazon.com of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for “turning the facts...