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AP Top Business News at 5:42 p.m. EDT

US stocks rise as some tech companies recover
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock indexes moved solidly higher Monday afternoon, recovering some of last week's steep declines. Recently battered technology stocks such as Amazon.com and Microsoft all posted gains, helping end a seven-day losing streak in the Nasdaq composite....

Bitcoin's creator unmasks himself _ well, maybe
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mystery creator of the digital currency bitcoin has finally stepped forward. Or has he?...

AP EXPLAINS: What is bitcoin? A look at the digital currency
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties. Its origins have long been a mystery - though an Australian man long rumored to have ties to bitcoin has come forward claiming to be its creator....

Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A spiraling Puerto Rico debt crisis reached a new milestone as the island missed nearly $370 million on a bond payment Monday and officials warned of worse to come if the U.S. Congress doesn't help it dig out from a mountain of debt....

Halliburton, Baker Hughes eye future after merger scuttled
DALLAS (AP) -- Halliburton and Baker Hughes, whose planned merger is the latest big deal to be shot down by antitrust regulators, now must pick up the pieces and shore up their companies during a severe slump in oil and gas drilling....

Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis, what it means for muni bonds
NEW YORK (AP) -- Puerto Rico's worsening debt crisis is dimming the economic outlook for the U.S. territory and putting pressure on Congress to help resolve the situation but it is having little effect on the market for municipal bonds and most investors....

Germany wants to extend border controls for another 6 months
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and some other EU countries are planning to ask the European Commission for an extension of border controls within the Schengen passport-free travel zone for another six months because they fear a new wave of migrants....

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Ag groups seek exemption from scrutiny
NEW YORK (AP) -- Congress is pushing the Agriculture Department to exempt the groups behind promotional campaigns like "Incredible, Edible Egg" and "Pork, the Other White Meat" from public scrutiny of their internal operations despite recent controversy....

Fiat Chrysler CEO sees future for Alfa Romeo in China
TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that the automaker will try to reach full-employment in its Italian plants before the 2018 business plan goal and that the global relaunch of Alfa Romeo will play a key role....

Study: 7 of 10 most profitable US hospitals are nonprofits
CHICAGO (AP) -- Seven of the 10 most profitable U.S. hospitals are nonprofits, according to new research, including one in Urbana, Illinois, where hospital tax exemptions are headed for a contentious court battle that soon could determine whether medical facilities are paying their fair share of taxes....

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US stocks rise as some tech companies recover

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Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis, what it means for muni bonds

Halliburton and Apollo Education trade higher, Baidu skids

Halliburton, Baker Hughes eye future after merger scuttled

Markets Right Now: U.S. stock indexes post solid gains

Buffett praises Fed but warns of unintended consequences

US construction spending up 0.3 pct., led by home building