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Yellen says rate hike likely appropriate this year
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the central bank has no "fixed timetable" for raising interest rates but she believes the economy is ready for a rate hike by the end of the year....



US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay....



Apple partners with Deloitte in pitch to business
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple is extending its push into selling business technology by forging a partnership with the Deloitte consulting firm to advise companies on using iPhones, iPads and Apple software in the workplace....



Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday....



Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, clearing the way Wednesday for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December....



Android's Nougat update isn't flashy, but still pretty handy
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money - and perhaps even your life....



VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud
PARIS (AP) -- Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests....



Orders for US durable goods slipped slightly in August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. factories saw slightly fewer orders for big-ticket manufactured goods in August, with a decline in aircraft orders accounting for the modest slip....



BlackBerry, once a phone innovator, to stop making its own
TORONTO (AP) -- BlackBerry plans to stop making its signature smartphones internally, signaling a strategic shift for a company that built its reputation on innovative smartphone technology....



Senators ask Justice Department to investigate EpiPen maker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senators are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether pharmaceutical company Mylan acted illegally when it classified its life-saving EpiPen as a generic drug and qualified for lower rebate payments to states....