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Comedian and activist Russell Brand backs Labour

LONDON (AP) — Comedian turned political activist Russell Brand has changed his mind and is no longer urging people not to vote in Thursday’s general election. Instead, Brand on Monday used his YouTube channel to urge his more than 1 million subscribers to back the Labour...

New Orleans wraps up Jazz Fest with raucous performances

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Raucous performances by New Orleans hometown hero Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, rocker Lenny Kravitz and rising country star Kacey Musgraves closed out the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday. The seven-day celebration of...

McDonald’s to simplify structure, focus on customers

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook says he’s stripping away layers of bureaucracy so the company can move faster to keep up with changing tastes. During a 23-minute video message posted online Monday, Easterbrook said the company’s structure is too...

Buffett again defends lending standards at Clayton Homes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway’s manufactured home unit lends responsibly and he isn’t concerned about Clayton Homes’ practices. Buffett was asked about Clayton on CNBC Monday. Buffett spent more than five hours answering...

Dow Chemical to trim about 3 percent of global workforce

Dow Chemical will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal it announced earlier this year with Olin Corp. The company says the cuts will reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,750 positions. Dow...

Small, midsize SUVs drive April U.S. auto sales gains

DETROIT (AP) — Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains. Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line...

U.S., Canada unveil rules to boost oil train safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars used to transport crude oil and many other flammable liquids will have to be built to stronger standards to reduce the risk of a catastrophic train crash and fire, under sweeping new safety rules unveiled Friday by U.S. and Canadian transportation...

Ford expands door latch recall to cover nearly 546,000 cars

DETROIT (AP) — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed. The recall now covers almost 546,000 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs from the 2013 and 2014 model years, and Ford Fiestas...

Telethon that Jerry Lewis memorably ran pulls plug

NEW YORK (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, a Labor Day television tradition for decades, is ending. MDA said Friday that “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving” make it the right time to end the annual event, memorably...

SeaWorld cited over safety of trainers who work with orcas

SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld — whose safety practices have been under scrutiny since an animal trainer was killed in 2010 by an orca at its Orlando, Florida, park — has now been cited for not adequately protecting its killer-whale trainers at its park in San Diego. The California...