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AP Top Business News At 7:18 a.m. EDT

Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant
SEATTLE (AP) -- Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule....

Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation....

In Miami, Clinton set to call for lifting Cuba embargo
MIAMI (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday will call on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962....

Russia's central bank cuts key interest rate
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Central Bank has cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible....

Searchers scour beaches in hopes of unlocking MH370 mystery
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- Searchers scored Reunion's shoreline for debris and investigators prepared to load a sea-encrusted wing fragment onto a plane bound for France on Friday to learn whether the aircraft remnant could help unlock the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370....

3 former TEPCO execs face criminal charges in nuclear crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial committee has decided to send three former utility executives to criminal court for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster....

China drop, other global markets mostly up after US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- China's stock market extended loss while other global stocks mostly gained Friday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter....

Unemployment, inflation stable in 19-nation eurozone
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Unemployment and inflation are stable in the 19-nation eurozone, with the level of joblessness in June standing at 11.1 percent for the third straight month....

Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10
PALO ALTO, California (AP) -- Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download....

Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain....

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