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US sales of new homes soared 12.4 percent in July to best level since October 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market....

Zika fears are leading some to book away from the Caribbean and Florida
NEW YORK (AP) -- With government officials now warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach in addition to Puerto Rico, some sun seekers are desperately scrambling for a Zika-free vacation....

Sky-high price hikes for an emergency allergy medicine are making drugmaker Mylan the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring drug costs
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Sky-high price hikes for EpiPen, the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions to foods and bug bites, have made its maker the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring drug prices....

Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed....

Stocks post modest gains, bringing indexes nearly back to the record levels they reached last week
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks posted modest gains on Tuesday, bringing indexes nearly back to the record levels they reached last week. Homebuilders rose sharply following a big jump in sales of new homes last month, and Best Buy soared after the electronics retailer reported a surge in profit as online sales increased....

One of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants will close in a couple of weeks, taking with it its fried clam strips and 28 ice cream flavors _ and a slice of roadside Americana
BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction....

A British court has recommended that two classes of shareholders be created and vote separately on AB InBev's 79 billion pound ($104 billion) takeover of SABMiller
LONDON (AP) -- A British court has ruled that two groups of shareholders in brewing company SABMiller should vote separately on the 79 billion pound ($104 million) takeover offer made by rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, effectively giving smaller investors an outside chance to derail the deal....

The Social Security Administration is rolling back extra security measures on the agency's website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency's website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts....

Best Buy's profit has jumped 21 percent for the second quarter
NEW YORK (AP) -- Best Buy's profit jumped 21 percent as the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer increased sales online and tried to create a better shopping experience in the stores while it also cut costs....

Business activity across the 19-country eurozone grew at a steady but subdued pace in August as the region continued to show little concern about the impact of a British exit from the European Union
LONDON (AP) -- Business activity across the 19-country eurozone grew at a steady, moderate pace in August as the region continued to show little concern about the impact of a British exit from the European Union....

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Best Buy and Tableau Software surge on Wall Street, while J.M. Smucker and Zoe's Kitchen drop

Tesla Motors says new version of the Model S electric car is now the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour

Stocks managed modest gains in another quiet day of trading that kept major U.S. indexes slightly below the record levels they reached a week ago

Best Buy's profit has jumped 21 percent for the second quarter

The parent company of the Circle K convenience store and gas station chain has agreed to buy San Antonio-based CST Brands in a $4.4 billion deal

Four protesters opposed to federal oil lease sales were arrested Tuesday at the suburban New Orleans building where the leasing agency has its offices, an attorney said

Markets rise following a report out of Europe that showed business was expanding across the continent

Zika fears are leading some to book away from the Caribbean and Florida