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Survey: US businesses hired at steady pace in August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. businesses added jobs at a steady pace last month, with construction and manufacturing showing solid gains, a private survey found....

US productivity up 3.3 percent in spring, labor costs fall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. productivity in the spring rose at the fastest pace since late 2013, while labor costs declined....

World stocks unsteady on dim growth outlook, China volatile
HONG KONG (AP) -- Global stock markets recovered their poise Wednesday but confidence remains fragile amid ongoing concerns over the global economy in the wake of the volatility in Chinese markets, and a possible U.S. interest rate rise later this month....

India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- India's largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on U.S. roads. But it's starting with two wheels, not four....

You think the stock market is crazy? Look at oil prices.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Commodity markets are renowned for their booms and busts but the last four days in the crude oil market have even experienced traders wide-eyed....

Report: Malware targeting Android smartphones on the rise
BERLIN (AP) -- Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought....

Shell president: 'Oil will be required for a long time'
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The president of Shell Oil Co. said exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days....

Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to have contract extended to 2018
BERLIN (AP) -- Top directors at German carmaker Volkswagen plan to give a two-year contract extension to CEO Martin Winterkorn, who emerged on top of a power struggle this year with company patriarch Ferdinand Piech....

Nations' pledges to cut emissions called insufficient
BONN, Germany (AP) -- Analysts tracking efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions say the reductions pledged by major economies ahead of an envisioned climate pact this year won't be enough to avoid warming the Earth by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or more....

Toy maker Lego sees strong growth, profit in all regions
HELSINKI (AP) -- Lego says its popular multi-colored toy blocks were in strong demand around the world in the first half of the year, boosting its earnings and the outlook for the full year....

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