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Solid US job gains expected for 6th straight month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a host of reports this week pointing to a healthier U.S. economy, analysts expect Friday's monthly jobs report to send a similar message....

GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers
As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results on Friday, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls....

Chrysler US sales climb 20 percent in July
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent in July from a year ago, its best performance for the month in nine years....

P&G 4Q profit rises, benefits from lower expenses
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Procter & Gamble Co.'s fiscal fourth-quarter net income climbed 38 percent, bolstered in part by lower expenses....

Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online, launching an app Thursday in Zambia....

World stocks extend slump on Wall Street sell-off
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets sank on Friday, with European benchmarks opening sharply lower after Wall Street's sharp sell-off. Asian stock markets posted modest losses as strong reports on China's economy countered some of the pessimism....

As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again....

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it....

Congress votes final passage on highway bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections....

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal sees US, Europe improving
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, says it swung to a profit in the second quarter on higher steel shipments and better margins, and it sees improving markets in the United States and Europe....

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