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US new-home sales climb to best level since late 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market....

Some vacation spots quietly benefit as travelers avoid Zika
NEW YORK (AP) -- With government officials now warning pregnant women to avoid Miami Beach in addition to Puerto Rico, some sun seekers are desperately scrambling for a Zika-free vacation....

How EpiPen's maker raised prices, and hackles, so much
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Sky-high price hikes for EpiPen, the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions to foods and bug bites, have made its maker the latest target for patients and politicians infuriated by soaring drug prices....

Lawmakers demand information on EpiPen price increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed....

Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors....

Asian stocks meander, dollar up on North Korea's missile
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks meandered Wednesday as investors awaited fresh cues from Federal Reserve on the outlook for interest rates. Markets were steady following the submarine launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea....

China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy
BEIJING (AP) -- On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic power technology....

Howard Johnson's restaurant to close, leaving only 1 more
BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction....

Beer mega merger: what court ruling means for troubled deal
LONDON (AP) -- A British court has ruled that two groups of shareholders in brewing company SABMiller should vote separately on the 79 billion pound ($104 million) takeover offer made by rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, effectively giving smaller investors an outside chance to derail the deal....

Honda resumes full production at quake-hit motorcycle plant
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Honda Motor Co. has resumed full production of motorcycles at a plant that was idled by major earthquakes in April....

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