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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May made brief stops in two eastern members of the European Union on Thursday, stressing that her government seeks to remain engaged with them — and even intensify ties — despite its plans to leave the bloc.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 percent versus their historical average amid an ongoing price slump.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks continued to search for direction Thursday as investors worked through another batch of mixed company earnings, including results from Facebook, Ford and Whole Foods.

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ISTANBUL (AP) — The European Union and journalist associations expressed concern Thursday about a widening crackdown on media in Turkey, calling on Ankara to respect fundamental freedoms.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers could no longer receive multiple calls per day from debt collectors and would have more ability to dispute their bills under proposals released Thursday to overhaul the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry.

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BEIJING (AP) — China's Cabinet issued its first rules for ride-hailing and told local officials Thursday to promote the booming industry, confirming the legal status of Uber Technologies Inc. and local competitors following run-ins with regulators.

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LONDON (AP) — Lloyds Banking Group says it is cutting 3,000 more jobs and closing an additional 200 branches as it adjusts to changing consumer behavior and the uncertainty created by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday as investors digested an upbeat Fed assessment of the U.S. economy that raised the prospect of further rate hikes as they anticipate more stimulus from Japan.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. reported Thursday forecast-beating earnings results that were the best in two years as consumers snapped up its Galaxy smartphones, in a sign the company is getting its mojo back while rivals fail to deliver new smartphones.

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NEW YORK (AP) — An investment banker defending himself against insider trading charges blamed his father Wednesday, saying through his lawyer that his father triggered over $1 million in illegal stock trades after hearing him talk about upcoming mergers and acquisitions.

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PRINEVILLE, Oregon (AP) — In a story July 27 about a rural Oregon town that has reinvented itself as a high-tech outpost, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Facebook came to Prineville to look for a site for a data center. It was seven years ago, not 15.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods said quarterly sales at established locations fell for the fourth straight quarter, as it fights to distinguish itself from competitors that are also offering organic and natural foods.

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LONDON (AP) — SABMiller has suspended work on integrating its operations with those of Anheuser-Busch InBev while it reviews AB InBev's sweetened bid, raising concern about completion of the 79 billion pound ($104 billion) takeover.

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SEATTLE (AP) — As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast's second-quarter profit slipped because of fewer movie hits from its NBCUniversal film-and-TV arm, but it posted big gains in internet customers and its smallest video losses for a second quarter in at least a decade.

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MILAN (AP) — An Italian judge has indicted the Eni oil company, former CEO Paolo Scaroni and eight others on a charge of bribing an Algerian official to win an 8 million euro ($8.8 million) contract.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive refrained Wednesday from calling for heavy fines against Spain and Portugal for breaching budget rules and sought instead to set "new fiscal paths" for the two countries.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in June by the largest amount in nearly two years, reflecting a big decline in the volatile category of commercial aircraft and broad weakness across a number of other areas. The key category that tracks busi…

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MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has sentenced 11 former company directors to prison terms of between two and 12 years for running a fraudulent multi-billion-euro (-dollar) pyramid scheme that used the savings of hundreds of thousands of small-time investors.

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MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Wednesday raised its earnings forecasts after reporting a 25 percent increase in second-quarter profits as SUV and truck sales offset the impact of slumping demand for passenger cars in North America.

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GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization says it needs to do more to make the case for the benefits of trade in the face of claims that it has been responsible for shrinking manufacturing jobs in places like the United States.