• Gas prices fall more than 8 cents in New Hampshire

    Updated: 20 min ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In contrast to the national picture, gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 8.4 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.35. Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in the state, says that's 12 cents lower than the national average, which fell 12.8 cents per gallon to $2.47. Gas prices in New Hampshire are about $1.09 lower than they were a year ago, and 26 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average is 19.5 cents per gallon lower than it was a month ago and 96.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

  • Blue Bell resumes selling ice cream after listeria recall

    Updated: 25 min ago

    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell ice cream is back. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama. Some retailers limited purchases as Blue Bell rolled out flavors including homemade vanilla, Dutch chocolate, cookies 'n cream and a side-by-side blend of chocolate and vanilla. "So that all of our customers can enjoy this delicious treat, please limit your purchase to two Blue Bell items," read a sign on a freezer door at one grocery store.

  • US stocks open modestly lower, led by energy sector

    Updated: 30 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower, led by another decline in energy shares as the price of oil slips. After two weeks of heavy turbulence, the market is on the verge of closing out its worst month in more than three years. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 103 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,528 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 10 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,977. The Nasdaq composite declined 16 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,812. Noble Energy sank 6 percent, the most in the S&P 500 index. The price of crude oil fell 64 cents to $44.58 a barrel in New York. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.14 percent.

  • Epix reaches multiyear Hulu deal, ends Netflix agreement

    Updated: 50 min ago

    The cable network Epix jumped from Netflix to Hulu, landing a multiyear, digital subscription video on demand deal with the streaming service. Beginning Oct. 1, Hulu subscribers will get films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, the companies announced late Sunday. That includes "Hunger Games: Catching Fire," ''Wolf of Wall Street," as well as new titles, library films and Epix original programming. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It's a "huge expansion" for Hulu's premium programming, Senior Vice President Craig Erwich said in a printed statement. Netflix plans improve its lineup through original films and licensing arrangements with movie studios, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos wrote in a blog post.

  • Maersk to develop large North Sea gas find off Britain

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HELSINKI (AP) — Maersk Oil says it has permission from British authorities to develop a gas field off the British coast in the largest find in the North Sea in a decade. The Danish company said Monday the Culzean field, discovered in 2008, has an estimated 250 to 300 million barrels of oil equivalent, or enough to produce about 5 percent of Britain's total gas demand at peak production in 2020-2021. Production is expected to start in 2019 and continue for at least 13 years. Maersk Oil, JX Nippon and BP (Britoil) are investing $4.5 billion in the development. Maersk Oil CEO Jakob Thomasen said the Culzean field is an important development for Britain and the company, which reflects "our commitment to the future

  • AAA: Md. drivers paying $2.43 per gallon

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 7 cents less at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Friday in a report that the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Maryland was $2.43, down from $2.50 a week ago. The price of gas in the state is 8 cents below the national average of $2.51. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in cities around the state includes $2.40 in Baltimore, $2.46 in Cumberland, $2.53 in Hagerstown and $2.27 in Salisbury. Motorists in the state are paying 96 cents less per gallon than at this time last year when the average price of a gallon of regular gas was $3.39 per gallon.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices drop 32 cents in past week to $2.52

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen about 32 cents in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says the decline can be partly contributed to last week's restart of a large distillation unit at an Indiana oil refinery. The unit had shut down in early August for unscheduled repair work, and gas prices rose sharply. According to AAA Michigan, the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.52 per gallon on Sunday. That's about $1.08 less at the same time a year ago. AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state. The lowest average price was about $2.41 per gallon in the Marquette area, while the highest average was about $2.6

  • Italy's Eni finds 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian leader's office said. Eni said the discovery — made in its Zohr prospect "in the deep waters of Egypt" — could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet of gas over an area of 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles). The discovery well is 190 kilometers (about 120 miles) from the Egyptian coast, and is at a depth of 1,450 meters ( 4,757 feet) in the Shorouk Block, the company said. The block is about 1

  • Analysis: Holes and worries emerge in Louisiana's budget

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As lawmakers patched their way through this year's budget, many of them talked as if they had drawn up a six-month plan, fully expecting Louisiana's next governor to come in with a broader blueprint for fixing the state's financial mess. They may have been too generous. This budget may not even hold for six months. One modest cut's already been required, other gaps have emerged and nose-diving oil prices could upend everything. If Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration manages to exit in January without more budget-slashing, it could be leaving a heck of a mess for the governor coming in that month. (Jindal's term-limited and cannot run for re-election. His successor will be chosen this fall.

  • Nestle: Forced labor has no place in our food supply chain

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GENEVA (AP) — Nestle says "forced labor has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food. Nestle didn't deny the allegations in an email Sunday to The Associated Press but said its guidelines require suppliers to respect human rights. It outlined steps Nestle has taken to rid forced labor from its seafood supply chain. The Hagens Berman law firm filed the suit Thursday on behalf of pet food purchasers. It said they wouldn't have bought the seafood-based pet food if they had known "slave labor" was used to obtain some ingredients in the products imported by Nestle and p

  • 'Compton' tops box office for 3rd week; 'War Room' surprises

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Christian drama "War Room" made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron's music drama "We Are Your Friends" fell completely flat and the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" keeps chugging along. Universal's "Straight Outta Compton" topped the box office for the third-straight week with $13.2 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film, which has now made $134.1 million in total, has continued to dominate August moviegoing. It joins "Jurassic World" as the only movies to lead the box office three consecutive weeks this summer. The late August weekend held scant competition for "Straight Outta Compton," but "War Room" nearly matched it.

  • New boss of Frisch's Big Boy restaurants plans expansion

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The new leader of the Frisch's Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy's brand muscle with franchise expansion, new restaurant shapes and sizes, menu and beverage additions, and doing more to court younger customers. Atlanta-based NRD Capital has taken over after shareholder approval last week of its $175 million acquisition that ended family operation of the Cincinnati-based regional business dating to a 1939 drive-thru. NRD head and interim Frisch's CEO Aziz Hashim calls Frisch's "a perfect fit" for the new investment fund built around franchising. He calls it an iconic American brand that has been profitable and has "a wonderful business infrastructure," but can benefit from new approaches.

  • General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — General Mills says it's eager to do its part to fight climate change, so it's setting a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent over the next decade — from farm to fork to landfill. The giant food company outlined its plans to The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement Monday. General Mills says it will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy in its own operations. But its plan appears to stand apart from other companies' efforts by getting its suppliers and consumers into the act. Those suppliers will be encouraged to do things like engage in more sustainable agriculture.

  • Trump's mass deportation idea was tried in the 1930s

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago. During the Great Depression, counties and cities in the American Southwest and Midwest forced Mexican immigrants and their families to leave the U.S. over concerns they were taking jobs away from whites despite their legal right to stay. The result: Around 500,000 to 1 million Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans were pushed out of the country during the 1930s repatriation, as the removal is sometimes called.

  • Doubts about China's economic leadership sap confidence

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fear that gripped financial markets this month is a stark one: That China's economy might be slipping into a decline that could persist for years. But the world's second-largest economy isn't collapsing — certainly not yet, anyway. What's really in freefall is confidence in its leaders, once seen as wielding near-mythic power to keep their economy growing at a propulsive pace. Global stock markets have sunk — and gyrated — as investors have wrestled with their doubts. The Dow Jones industrial average has lost nearly 1,000 points since China's surprise move to devalue its currency Aug. 11. That step, in part an effort to align the yuan with market forces, was also seen by investors as a desperate

  • 3 reasons markets lost faith in China's economy, at a glance

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    For decades, Chinese economic policymakers have drawn praise for keeping their economy growing strongly through turbulence, such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 and the worldwide financial tumult of 2008. But investors have begun to lose faith in Beijing's economic management. Three reasons why: — A STOCK MARKET DEBACLE As China's economy slowed, the government decided to deploy the stock market to ease the pain. State-run media talked up stocks, and individual investors responded by buying shares and igniting a 150 percent run-up in the Shanghai Composite stock index in the year through June. The hope was that Chinese companies could issue shares into a rising market and use the proceeds to shrink debts.

  • Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The owner of Illinois' 11 nuclear reactors must decide next month whether to close its Quad Cities plant, one of three generating stations Exelon Corp. has said are in danger of closing if lawmakers don't approve a surcharge on electric bills to boost profits. Exelon says it should be rewarded for producing reliable, carbon-free electricity that will help Illinois meet an Obama administration mandate to reduce greenhouse gases. But opponents say ratepayers should not have to bail out an unprofitable plant for a private company that's still making money.

  • Fire at Saudi oil company residence kills 11

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200, officials in the kingdom said. The blaze began early in the morning in a multistory residential compound known as Radium in the eastern city of Khobar. The complex houses workers for state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which oversees petroleum production in the OPEC powerhouse. The company said an investigation has begun into the cause of the fire, which sent thick black smoke billowing from the pink-and-tan colored building. The Interior Ministry's General Directorate of Civil Defense said victims were of various nationali

  • Cost, length of Exxon's cleanup still unclear after deal


    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The $225 million settlement between ExxonMobil and New Jersey reached this week confirms the oil giant must clean up more than 1,500 contaminated properties from gas stations to refineries. But exactly how much they'll spend or how long it'll take remains murky. Tuesday's settlement between the Department of Environmental Protection and ExxonMobil is a payment for the public's loss of the use of land. But the company is also required to clean up the sites, which include oil refineries in Bayonne and Linden, 16 other facilities and gas stations across New Jersey. The state previously oversaw site cleanup but a 2009 law established the Licensed Site Remediation Program and aimed to loosen a ba

  • Vote tally for Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in Senate


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon's Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Merkley's backing puts supporters within reach of the 34 votes required to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional resolution disapproving the agreement, which curbs Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Republicans are unanimously against the deal.