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WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment falls to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers are hiring at a solid pace, but other gauges of the job market draw a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 600 words, photo.



NEW YORK — Stocks end a tumultuous trading week with slight losses as investors seek safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 750 words, photos.


— MARKETS-MIXED PICTURE — If investors hoped Thursday's jobs report would give them a clearer picture of where financial markets are headed, they're probably disappointed. The trends in the U.S. labor market are mixed — and here are the views of three experts grappling with what they mean for interest rates, bonds and stocks. By Steve Rothwell and Matthew Craft. SENT: 700 words, photo.


Unlike in 2012, investors seem to be taking Greece's economic troubles in stride this time around. By Matthew Craft and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.



ATHENS, Greece — The battle for Greek votes is in full swing ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get cash ground on in the face of massive uncertainty. By Elena Becatoros. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.


GREECE-GERMANY-FORGIVING DEBT — Greece has been trying in vain for months to get its creditors, including Germany, to agree to write off a chunk of its debts. Economically, it's a good way to get a country on its feet. Germany itself saw its economy recover from the disaster of WWII when it got debt relief from its creditors — among them Greece. By Pan Pylas and David McHugh. SENT: 1,000 words.



WASHINGTON — Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator says. By Tom Krisher and Marcy Gordon. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— FORD-RECALL — Ford is recalling 433,000 vehicles, including 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape models, because of a software problem that could keep their engines running after drivers try to shut them down. SENT: 200 words.


NEW YORK — Call it armchair activism, call it a turning tide — either way, more than 26 million Facebook users have turned their profile photos rainbow to support the U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring same-sex marriage legal. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 700 words.


NEW ORLEANS — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agrees to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company says will bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.. By Kevin McGill, Rebeca Santana and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 800 words, photo, video.


NEW YORK — Whole Foods Market's CEOs apologizes for pricing issues at its stores, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats. SENT: 250 words.



WASHINGTON — More people seek U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the level of applications is still low and points to an improving job market. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 130 words.


WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories fall in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans drops for a second month. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 380 words.


WASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rise this week, reaching high levels for the year. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 310 words, photo.

— SUPREME COURT-JUSTICES' FINANCES — Three Supreme Court justices maintained substantial stock holdings in 2014, financial reports show. SENT: 280 words.

— UNIVISION HOLDINGS-IPO — Spanish-language broadcasting company Univision Holdings Inc. files plans to launch an initial public offering of its stock. SENT: 200 words.

— CHINA-EVERGRANDE — Chinese soccer team Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of the country's biggest property developers, could become the first club listed in Asia after applying to the Chinese stock market. SENT: 230 words.



Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 700 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Federal health officials approve a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price — more than $250,000 for a year's treatment. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 650 words.


LOS ANGELES — The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— BARNES & NOBLE-CEO — Barnes & Noble, which plans to split into two companies next month, taps Sears Canada CEO Ronald Boire to lead the bookseller's retail business. SENT: 230 words.

— TESLA-RECORD DELIVERIES — Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surge 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles. SENT: 230 words, photo.

— BLEISURE BITS-BIG SKY — Big Sky is an out-of-the-way setting for business conferences and conventions in Montana, and trout-fishing in a nearby blue-ribbon stream is a tempting way to play hooky from meetings. By Matt Volz. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SUPERIOR, Ariz. — Resolution Copper Mining says its 1.3 mile deep mine will usher in a new era of prosperity for Arizona, but conservationists, residents and Native American tribes say it will cause irreparable harm to land coveted for its beauty, biodiversity and sanctity. By Ryan Van Velzer. SENT: 850 words, photos.



SAN FRANCISCO — Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: 550 words.


— GOOGLE-GOOGLE GAME-CONCENTRATION CAMPS — A Google subsidiary apologizes for making Nazi concentration camps part of a mobile role-playing game. SENT: 140 words.


HAVANA — Cuban authorities launch public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by. By Andrea Rodriguez. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— IN TECH-STREAMING SERVICE AND MORE — Lifetime makes movies available online, Sprint's new price plans brings back the old. A roundup of some recent technology developments. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— INTEL-PRESIDENT — Intel says President Renee James, who has worked at the chipmaker for 28 years, plans to leave the company early next year to seek a CEO role elsewhere. SENT: 150 words.

— NKOREA-INTERNET WARNINGS — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 920 words, photos.

— POLAND-US-MEDIA DEAL — The U.S. media company Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. finalizes an agreement for a controlling stake in Poland's largest commercial broadcaster, a 584 million-euro ($650 million) deal that comes as the U.S. company expands into Europe. SENT: 220 words.

— PHILADELPHIA-AIRBNB TAX — Philadelphia legalizes and plans to tax Airbnb and other short-term rentals ahead of Pope Francis' visit in September and next year's Democratic National Convention. SENT: 140 words.



MUMBAI, India — A court order banning Mumbai's iconic horse-drawn carriages leaves working families baffled and afraid for their future. By Rafiq Maqbool. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

— SWEDEN-INTEREST RATES — Sweden's central bank has cut its key interest rate to a record low of minus 0.35 percent saying "events in Greece over the past few days have substantially increased the uncertainty." SENT: 110 words.

— SPAIN-ECONOMY — Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy revises Spain's economic growth forecast upward for this year and next and says the improved circumstances allow him bring forward a tax reduction plan. SENT: 130 words.

— EGYPT-ECONOMY — Egypt passes new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, cutting budget deficit to 8.9 percent. SENT: 250 words.



NEW YORK — Most mutual funds stumbled to losses in the second quarter. Even the apparent winners ended up with much weaker returns than investors had been hoping for just a few weeks earlier. By Stan Choe. SENT: 850 words.

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Up and down

Last quarter was a mixed bag for commodity investors, but that's still better than they've had before. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.


Ace buying Chubb

Insurer Ace Ltd. is buying The Chubb Corp. for about $28.3 billion in cash and stock in a deal that will create one of the world's largest insurers. UPCOMING: Graphic expected by 6 p.m.