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Report: Iran says Twitter ready to talk on unblocking site
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's new telecommunications minister says Twitter is ready to talk about unblocking access to the microblogging site....

Netflix loves to pick hits for each subscriber _ but how?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Netflix wants subscribers to know it's looking out for them....

UK subprime lender suffers 70 percent share price drubbing
LONDON (AP) -- Shares in Provident Financial, a British subprime lender, more than halved Tuesday after the company issued another profit warning and revealed that its chief executive was leaving with immediate effect....

Sempra Energy bids $9.45B for Oncor, topping Buffett offer
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway....

Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene....

Coal CEO expected Trump help, but administration said no
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him....

Ford to offer incentives to scrap older cars
LONDON (AP) -- Ford is offering car buyers in Britain a 2,000-pound ($2,570) incentive to trade in older vehicles for newer, less polluting models....

Mnuchin's wife touts fashion labels, slams critic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blasted as "adorably out of touch" a person who criticized her Instagram post in which Linton depicted her designer-label outfit....

Global stocks recover their poise as Jackson Hole looms
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets pushed ahead Tuesday as investors' appetite for riskier assets perked up ahead of this week's big event - the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming....

Total expands in North Sea with purchase of Maersk Oil
LONDON (AP) -- French oil company Total agreed Monday to buy the oil & gas division of Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, in a deal that will see it become the No. 2 operator in the North Sea....

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