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Stronger economy lets ECB kick back, let stimulus work
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's economic recovery is finally showing signs it might be the real deal, after years of sluggishness and false starts....

Global stocks rise as UK, US markets remain shut for holiday
BEIJING (AP) -- Major stock markets edged up on Monday amid greater optimism about the global economy, but trading volumes were low in European trading as the U.K. and U.S. markets were closed for a holiday....

Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping
BEIJING (AP) -- These days, when people over 80 in Beijing take a bus, see a doctor or spend money, their activities are digitally tracked by the government, as part of an effort to improve services for the country's rapidly growing elderly population....

4-H program aims to grow next generation of ag scientists
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- One team is developing GPS ear tags so cattle farmers can track herds from afar. Another thinks drones can protect livestock from predators. Yet another is developing a rechargeable portable warmer to prevent vaccines from freezing when dairy producers inoculate their herds in the winter....

The Latest: Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on a tentative agreement to end a strike by nearly 40,000 Verizon workers (all times local):...

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but proponents of the barge industry acknowledge they're still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be profitable....

North Dakota ballot measure pits family vs. corporate farms
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's hog and dairy industries are hoping voters will bless state lawmakers' decision to allow non-family corporations to own operations, but it could be a tough sell in a state that has safeguarded its family farming heritage for nearly a century....

Eurozone economic sentiment improves for second month
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Economic confidence is up in the 19 European countries that use the euro, a survey showed Monday, thanks in particular to greater optimism among consumers that has led to a pickup in inflation expectations....

Former Zurich Insurance CEO Martin Senn kills himself
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's Zurich Insurance Group says former chief executive Martin Senn, who ran the company for six years until last December, has killed himself. The incident comes three years after the company's then-chief financial officer also killed himself....

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs, nearly 11 percent in raises over four years and the first contract for Verizon wireless store workers, a union said Monday....

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