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IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund warned Friday of weak growth prospects in Central Asia and the Caucasus and called for active reforms to energize the post-Soviet economies....

Cyberattacks on key internet firm disrupt internet services


Withering cyberattacks on server farms of a key internet firm repeatedly disrupted access to major websites and online services including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal across the United States on Friday. The White House called the disruption malicious and a hacker group claimed responsibility, though its assertion couldn't be verified....

UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens


UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. human rights expert is urging the next U.N. secretary-general to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and "kleptocrats" pay their fair share of taxes....

US stocks close mostly lower; eke out gain for the week


The major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Friday, capping a day spent wavering between small gains and losses....

Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-up


SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard....

Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday....

NY enacts restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $7,500


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state enacted one of the nation's toughest restrictions on Airbnb on Friday with a new law authorizing fines of up to $7,500 for many short-term rentals....

Unemployment rates rose in 3 of 8 US swing states last month


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in three of eight U. S. swing states last month, fell in two and were unchanged in the remaining three....

$47 billion offer to create world's biggest tobacco company


LONDON (AP) -- British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades....

McDonald's sales rise 1.3 percent at US stores


NEW YORK (AP) -- The launch of all-day breakfast helped McDonald's record higher sales at established U.S. locations for a fifth straight quarter, but the boost from that is shrinking and the company is hoping new menu items and recipe tweaks will keep customers coming back....