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Indonesia's new leader faces early popularity test as he grapples with cutting fuel subsidies
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The first item on the to-do list of Indonesia's president-elect is one that successive leaders have struggled with, and could be his toughest: how to wean the country off fuel subsidies that make gasoline almost as cheap as bottled water....

Halliburton reaches $1B settlement of plaintiff suits from Gulf of Mexico oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation - if all the pieces fall into place....

Anger at 30,000 feet: Airline passengers on cramped jets are fighting one another for legroom
NEW YORK (AP) -- Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers....

AP Photos: Gamblers, workers say last goodbye, slots stop spinning at 2 Atlantic City casinos
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Gamblers at two Atlantic City casinos got in their final bets over Labor Day weekend as Revel Casino Hotel and the Showboat Casino Hotel became the latest victims of Atlantic City's drastic slide....

Mass unemployment filing starting for thousands of laid-off Atlantic City casino workers
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Thousands of newly laid-off casino workers are expected to turn out at the Atlantic City Convention Center for a mass unemployment filing....

Asian stocks higher as dollar gains, stimulus hopes in Europe
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region. A report showing solid growth in China's services industries also bolstered sentiment....

Detroit attorney to resume opening statements in city's historic bankruptcy trial
DETROIT (AP) -- An attorney for Detroit is set to resume his opening statement at the city's historic bankruptcy trial, after saying on the first day that Detroit needs the restructuring to survive....

Risky business: Some analysts, insiders fear auto industry returning to bad habits of the past
DETROIT (AP) -- Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past....

Venezuela's president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro has replaced Venezuela's longtime oil boss and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for pragmatic reforms to tackle a deep economic crisis....

Gulf of Maine, lucrative fishery, warming faster than 99 percent of world's oceans
FRIENDSHIP, Maine (AP) -- Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters....

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