China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home
BEIJING (AP) -- All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours....
Merkel warns 'whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that "very, very intensive work is still needed."...
South Korea court frees Korean Air "nut rage" executive
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration....
China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen....
Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought....
France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets
PARIS (AP) -- France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste....
Deere beats 2Q profit forecasts
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- Deere & Co. (DE) on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $690.5 million....
Finding California oil spill's cause could take months
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- The operator of a broken oil pipeline that fouled a California shoreline says it could be weeks or even months before investigators are able to determine what caused the break and subsequent spill....
Administration officials have acknowledged the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, as a "setback". Pentagon officials insisted the current U.S. approach to combating ISIS in Iraq is still viable and that the loss of Ramadi was merely part of the ebb and flow of war, not a sign that the Islamic State had exposed a fatal weakness in the Iraqi security forces and the U.S. strategy.
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