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  • A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane takes off on the runway at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. (Lee Sang-hack/Yonhap via AP)

    NKorea issues trademark fiery rhetoric over US-SKorea drills

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s military on Tuesday greeted the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military drills with its standard fiery threats, vowing “merciless retaliation” for exercises Pyongyang claims are an invasion rehearsal. North Korea routinely issues such warlike rhetoric or conducts weapons tests to respond to the U.S.-South Korean exercises. Tuesday’s threat […]
  • BHP Billiton returns to black with $6.7 billion profit

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Anglo-Australian miner, BHP Billiton, on Tuesday reported a return to black with a $6.7 billion annual profit a year after the company’s worst ever full-year result and said it wants to sell its U.S. shale oil assets. The Melbourne, Australia based-company’s turnaround from the $6.4 billion loss for the year through […]
  • Boeing, Northrop get contracts for nuclear missile work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force said Monday it has awarded contracts to Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. for work that could lead to replacement of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The contracts are part of a planned overhaul of the U.S. nuclear arsenal that will cost tens of billions of dollars. The Air […]
  • FILE- In this Aug. 2, 2017, file aerial image made from a video provided by WPXI, smoke rises in the air after dozens of cars of a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Hyndman, Pa. Federal investigators say crews encountered air brake problems before a freight train derailed in Pennsylvania earlier this month, causing hazardous material to ignite and forcing residents from their homes. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report issued Monday says a crew stopped the CSX Transportation train before the wreck, applied 58 hand brakes and recharged the air brakes. (WPXI via AP, File)

    Feds say brake problems preceded derailment in Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Crews encountered air brake problems before a 178-car freight train derailed in Pennsylvania earlier this month, causing hazardous material to ignite and forcing nearby residents to evacuate, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report issued Monday said a crew stopped the CSX Transportation train before the Aug. 2 […]
  • Judge: Michigan lawmakers must turn over records to Tesla

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled two Michigan lawmakers must surrender to Tesla Motors Inc. records of their communications with lobbyists over a law barring the electric car maker from selling directly to customers. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ellen Carmody denied efforts by Republican Sen. Joe Hune of Gregory and Republican Rep. […]
  • Macy’s names senior eBay executive as president

    NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s says it has hired a senior eBay Inc. executive as president and is further streamlining its organization to make it more nimble in the face of increased competition. Hal Lawton will become president of Macy’s on Sept. 8. He will report to Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette, who had previously held […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2011 file photo, Ross Levinsohn, then the Yahoo Executive Vice President of the Americas, speaks at the Web. 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The former Yahoo and Fox executive was named publisher and chief executive of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, and former Chicago Sun-Times editor-in-chief and publisher Jim Kirk was named interim editor. They replace Davan Maharaj, who was editor and publisher. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    LA Times ousts editor-publisher and other top managers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Times ousted its editor-publisher and several top newsroom executives Monday in what its parent company says is a shake-up aimed at moving one of the nation’s flagship newspapers more quickly into the digital age while bolstering its Washington coverage and other reporting. Veteran media executive Ross Levinsohn was […]
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a public forum regarding veterans' health care at Helena College in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge /Independent Record via AP)

    VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a visit to Montana that his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans. Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency’s existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans’ homes, Shulkin […]
  • NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden ’18 competition

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they’re good enough at the newest edition of “Madden NFL 18.” Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they’re teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams . It makes the NFL the […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ China’s Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit BEIJING (AP) — Spokespeople for Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors say it is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep unit, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to […]