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Coke Zero gets makeover as Coke Zero Sugar
Updated: 07/26/2017 12:11 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke Zero is getting revamped as Coke Zero Sugar. The new name is intended to make clearer that the drink has no calories, and a new recipe is intended to make the drink taste more like regular Coke. The company isn't specifying what it's changing aside from saying it tweaked the "blend of flavors." It says the drink will use the same artificial sweeteners. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. says the new cans and bottles, which will incorporate more red like regular Coke, will start hitting shelves in August.
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At hacker summit, a new focus on preventing brazen attacks
Updated: 07/26/2017 12:07 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that have grown into full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos is bringing a new message to hackers and security experts at the Black Hat conference. In short: it's time for hackers once known for relatively harmless mischief to shoulder responsibility for helping detect and prevent major attacks. The Black Hat security gathering, starting Wednesday in Las Vegas, follows a series of attacks and data breaches that have paralyzed hospitals, disrupted commerce, caused blackouts and interfered with national elections.
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Gains for AT&T and Boeing help lift US stocks higher
Updated: 07/26/2017 11:43 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks continue to reach record highs in midday trading Wednesday. Boeing and AT&T rose sharply after posting strong second-quarter results. Gains for chipmakers helped technology companies move higher. Treasury yields took a modest step backward as the Federal Reserve prepares to wrap up a two-day meeting on interest rates, which most investors expect to be uneventful. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,479 as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.
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Weekend strike to shut Acropolis at height of tourist season
Updated: 07/26/2017 11:08 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A two-day strike by Greek Culture Ministry employees protesting staff shortages will shut the Acropolis and other ancient sites and museums in Athens this weekend at the height of the tourist season. But the strike will not affect the Acropolis Museum outside the ancient citadel, museum officials said. The ministry workers' union said Wednesday it wants the government to honor a pledge to hire some 230 archaeologists and guards, replacing employees who have retired in recent years.
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Yes, you can buy happiness - if you spend it to save time
Updated: 07/26/2017 10:58 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, you can buy happiness — especially if the money saves you time. People who dole out cash to save time on things like housekeeping, delivery services and taxis are a little bit happier than those who don't, new research finds. Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 people in four countries and also ran an experiment, giving people $40 for two weeks. One week, they had to buy something material, like a shirt. The next week, they paid to save themselves time. People said they felt happier after saving time than buying stuff.
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New-home sales improved modestly in June
Updated: 07/26/2017 10:56 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes perked up slightly in June, a sign that more would-be buyers are seeking newly built properties. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000. Sales have registered a healthy 10.9 percent increase so far this year. The gains come amid a broader shortage of homes listed for sale, likely pushing more buyers into new construction. Despite steady growth since the housing bubble began to burst a decade ago, sales of new homes remain below historic averages.
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Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens
Updated: 07/26/2017 10:31 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company on Wednesday said that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around the corner. Others will be competing for many of those potential hires. Amazon.com Inc. will open the doors to job seekers on Aug. 2, next Wednesday, at 10 shipping sites. The majority of jobs will be full-time. More than 10,000 part-time jobs will also be available at sorting centers, along with some supporting and managerial positions.
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Daimler stands by diesel despite growing controversy
Updated: 07/26/2017 9:17 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler's profits barely rose and were short of market expectations as its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division boomed while earnings lagged at its truck, van and bus businesses. The second-quarter results were overshadowed by the growing controversy over diesel technology hanging over the automaker — and the auto industry in general — ahead of a meeting in Germany of carmakers and government officials next week. The Stuttgart-based company reported Wednesday that net profit was up a scant 2 percent compared with a year ago, to 2.51 billion euros ($2.9 billion).
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Russian wanted in US caught in Greece for money laundering
Updated: 07/26/2017 9:12 AM

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Russian man wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions was ordered held in custody in Greece on Wednesday until a U.S. extradition request can be examined. The 38-year-old, who has not been officially named, has denied any involvement. He was arrested Tuesday morning in northern Greece in cooperation with U.S. authorities, with police seizing electronic equipment, including mobile phones, two laptops and five tablets, from his hotel room.
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Nintendo records quarterly profit on Switch sales success
Updated: 07/26/2017 8:28 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has reversed into profit for the April-June quarter from losses the previous year, boosted by the popularity of its Switch hybrid game machine. Kyoto-based Nintendo reported Wednesday a profit of 21.26 billion yen ($190 million) for the fiscal first quarter, improving from a 24.5 billion yen loss for the three months through June 30 last year. Quarterly sales more than doubled to 154.1 billion yen ($1.4 billion) from 62 billion yen the previous year.
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