Among the stories Friday from The Associated Press:

Among the stories Friday from The Associated Press:



NEW YORK Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment. In just three weeks, starting with Aetna's $35 billion bid for Humana Inc. on July 3, U.S. health care has seen a buyout frenzy that could transform five massive U.S. health companies into just three, including UnitedHealth Group. By Tom Murphy and Michelle Chapman. SENT: 720 words, photos.


WASHINGTON Social media giants including Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Google are pushing back against Senate legislation that would require them to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity, according to industry and government officials. By Anne Flaherty. SENT: 850 words, photo.



WASHINGTON Fewer Americans buy new homes in June, a possible sign that the real estate market might not be as hot as it appeared at the start of summer. By Josh Boak. SENT: 480 words.


WASHINGTON Dozens of countries agree to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles. It's the World Trade Organization's first tariff-killing deal in 18 years. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 300 words, photos.


NEW YORK European stock markets hold their ground despite an earlier retreat in Asia where investors were spooked by further evidence of a sizeable economic slowdown in China. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.



FORT WORTH, Texas Dramatically cheaper jet fuel helps American Airlines nearly double its second-quarter profit to $1.7 billion despite lower revenue. By David Koenig. SENT: 480 words, photo.

EARNS-ABBVIE Drugmaker AbbVie Inc. reports better-than-expected second-quarter profit, but its sales disappoint Wall Street. SENT: 310 words, photo.



WASHINGTON Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving four airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia The FIFA corruption crisis is hurting its search for new World Cup sponsors. Targeting almost $6 billion in revenue from the 2018 tournament, FIFA has not signed any new sponsors since the previous World Cup finished last year in Brazil. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 580 words, photo.


FIFA INVESTIGATION-VISA FIFA sponsor Visa Inc. calls for an independent commission to be formed to clean up world soccer's scandal-ridden governing body. SENT: 250 words.

JAPAN-MITSUBISHI MOTORS Japanese media report that automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets. The company said that no decision has been made. SENT: 190 words.

MALARIA VACCINE The European Medicines Agency is recommending that the world's leading malaria vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline's Mosquirix, be licensed even though it is only about 30 percent effective and that protection fades over time. By Maria Cheng. SENT: 330 words, photo.


NOKIA-ALCATEL-LUCENT The European Union approves the 15.6 billion-euro ($17 billion) acquisition of ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent by Finland's Nokia Corporation following an investigation into whether the deal broke competition rules. SENT: 100 words.

JAPAN-NIKKEI-FINANCIAL TIMES Nikkei Inc., the Japanese buyer of the Financial Times, pledges to respect the culture of the London-based business daily, while also tapping its digital expertise and global reach. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 460 words, photos.



ATHENS, Greece High-level talks between Greece and its European creditors on a third bailout for the cash-strapped country have been delayed until logistical matters are sorted out. By Menelaos Hadjicostis and Raf Casert. SENT: 510 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING China's manufacturing slumps to a 15-month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey shows. SENT: 320 words, photos.