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Fresh orders for factories rise

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) — U.S. durable goods orders jumped 3.3 percent in April, about twice the gain economists had expected, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. Factory orders climbed…

Cruise industry group adopts Passengers’ Bill of Rights

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 28 (UPI) — The head of the Cruise Lines International Association says its new “Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights” adopts many practices U.S.-based lines already use.…

Electric car maker Tesla repays government loan early

Tesla Motors, an electric car maker headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., has paid off its entire $451.8 Department of Energy loan nine years early with interest. The automaker, riding the…

Consumer Corner: Off-the-beaten path saves money, offers fresh view

By MICHELLE GROENKE CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) — Hotels in hip, culturally diverse neighborhoods and stylish cabins in rustic locales offer travelers this summer the opportunity to approach popular tourist…

Auto Outlook: Four-cylinder engines back, long summer for autoworkers

By AL SWANSON The Detroit Three automakers are scaling back their annual summer production shutdowns to keep up with demand for top-selling models. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler usually idle…

Gallup: In U.S. private sector, older workers better utilized

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) — In the U.S. non-federal sector, older workers are more likely than younger counterparts to report being able to put their best skills to use, a…

Stone Temple Pilots sue former frontman Weiland

LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) — Stone Temple Pilots sued former frontman Scott Weiland for allegedly using the band’s name to promote his solo career even though he was fired…

Christie: Jersey Shore 80 percent ready for tourists

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., May 26 (UPI) — The Jersey Shore, which sustained billions of dollars in damage last year from Hurricane Sandy, is 80 percent restored, Gov. Chris Christie said…

North Korea may open to day-tripping tourists

SINUIJU, North Korea, May 26 (UPI) — Tourism companies say they are preparing for North Korea to allow visitors to cross from Dandong City, China, to Sinuiju, North Korea’s largest…

South Korean authorities raid Daewoo headquarters

SEOUL, May 26 (UPI) — Authorities in South Korea said they had raided the offices of Daewoo Engineering & Construction seeking evidence of bribery. The raid that took place Friday…

Number of people who believe economy doing OK is growing

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — About 33 percent of the American public says economic conditions are good right now, up from 26 percent in December, a CNN/ORC International poll found.…

Proposed food aid plan getting an overhaul

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) — U.S. lawmakers say the White House’s proposed overhaul of the $1.4 billion food aid program will need to be scaled back significantly. Sen. Mike Johanns,…

Bank executives rethink mergers and acquisitions

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) — Bank industry analysts are saying the U.S. Federal Reserve has disrupted mid-sized bank mergers, if not derailed them, with a recent regulatory ruling. The Wall…

China signals need for economic reforms

BEIJING, May 24 (UPI) — The Chinese government is making what amounts to “radical” changes in its role in the country’s economy, an expert on the Chinese economy said. “This…

Stock indexes close mixed

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes closed mixed on Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing just above break-even on the New York Stock Exchange. The…

Markets avert a tumble

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes complied with a timeless adage Thursday: What goes up must come down. After setting a series of record closing highs in…

U.S. mortgage activity down 9.8 percent last week

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) — U.S. mortgage activity fell 9.8 percent last week with refinancing activity off sharply as long-term interest rates rose, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. The association…

Most U.S. hospitals and doctors use electronic health records

BETHESDA, Md., May 22 (UPI) — More than half of U.S. doctors and other health providers adopted electronic health records, the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human…

Nutritionists want to keep sweeteners listed on front milk label

CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) — Nutritionists are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reject a milk industry petition to drop artificial sweeteners from front labels on containers. The…

Ford steps on the gas, production-wise

DEARBORN, Mich., May 22 (UPI) — U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. said it will bump up production in 2013 by 200,000 vehicles, due in part to increased demand on the…