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Dutch police crack encrypted communications network

(THE HAGUE, Netherlands, AP) — Dutch police and prosecutors say they have taken down an encrypted communications network believed to have been used by criminals in the Netherlands and possibly overseas. Prosecutors…

US stocks slip as oil prices skid ahead of OPEC meeting

By MARLEY JAY Associated Press (NEW YORK, AP) — U.S. stocks are taking small losses Friday morning as energy companies are slipping with the price of oil. Citigroup became the latest bank…

Obama backs effort to give consumers options on cable boxes

By KEVIN FREKING Asssociated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama threw his weight Friday behind an effort to give consumers more choice when it comes to the cable boxes that control…

EU approves anti-terror plan to collect air passenger info

By LORNE COOK Associated Press (BRUSSELS, AP) — European Union lawmakers approved Thursday a scheme to share airline passenger information that nations hope to use to track foreign fighters travelling to and…

Regulators: 5 big banks get failing grades for crisis plans

By MARCY GORDON Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Federal regulators say five of the biggest banks in the U.S. failed to develop adequate plans for how they might reshape themselves in case…

Canadian Pacific ends bid to buy Norfolk Southern

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press (OMAHA, Neb., AP) — Canadian Pacific said Monday that it is ending its nearly $30 billion takeover bid for Norfolk Southern, less than six months after it…

Researchers: Newer type of ransomware is harbinger of danger

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — An unusual strain of virus-like hacker software that exploits computer server vulnerabilities — without requiring human interaction — is a leading example of a…

Monsanto misses Street 2Q forecasts on falling seed sales

By MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press Monsanto Co. on Wednesday reported weaker-than-expected earnings for the second quarter amid flagging sales of the company’s biotech-enhanced seeds and signature weed killer, Roundup. Monsanto…

US reviews offshore leaks for possible crimes

(MADRID, AP) — The Latest on the publication by a coalition of media outlets of an investigation into offshore financial dealings by the rich and famous (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The…

Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press (TOKYO, AP) — The operator of Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around…