• Cintas buying ZEE Medical from McKesson for $130 million


    NEW YORK (AP) — Uniform and first aid products company Cintas Corp. is buying ZEE Medical from McKesson Corp. for about $130 million in cash, expanding its position in emergency services products. ZEE focuses on van-delivered first aid, safety, training and emergency products. The deal is expected to add between $110 and $120 million in annual revenue for Cintas. Cincinnati, Ohio-based Cintas expects the deal to close on Aug. 1. San Francisco-based McKesson distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

  • Recalls this week: dry erase boards, sweaters, mattresses


    More than 3 million magnetic and dry erase boards are being recalled because of metal edges that have already caused several hand and cuts. Other recalled consumer products include mattresses that don't meet safety standards and tablet computers with overheating batteries. Here's a more detailed look: MAGNETIC AND DRY ERASE BOARDS DETAILS: Quartet Magnetic and Dry Erase Boards sold between January 2005 and December 2013. The boards were sold in eight sizes, including 5 ½ x 14, 8 ½ x 11, 11 ½ x 11 ½, 11 x 17, 12 x 12, 14 x14, 17 x 17 and 17 x 23. They were sold at Ace Hardware, Fred Meyer, Menards, Office Depot and other stores nationwide.

  • Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago


    WASHINGTON (AP) — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the ground aren't disputing the assessment, but they point to an upcoming effort to clear the important Sunni city of Ramadi, which fell to the militants in May, as a crucial milestone. The battle for Ramadi, expected over the next few months, "promises to test the mettle" of Iraq's security forces, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Killea, who is helping run the U.S.-led coalition effort in Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon in a video br

  • Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery


    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to. Analysts at the French aviation laboratory where the scrap was headed Friday can glean details from metal stress to see what caused the flap to break off, spot explosive or other chemical traces, and study the sea life that made its home on the wing to pinpoint where it came from. French authorities have imposed extraordinary secrecy over the 2-meter (6-foot) long piece of wing, putting it under police protection in the hours before it left the island of Reunion.

  • Tough week for social media stocks _ no one is spared


    NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been an easy week in social media, despite double-digit revenue growth from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Investors are looking beyond headline numbers and finding reasons to sell. Not even Facebook, with stronger-than-expected profit and revenue numbers and bulletproof mobile advertising strategy, was spared. Its stock is down 2.6 percent for the week, compared with a roughly 1 percent increase for the Standard & Poor's 500 index. A whopping 82 percent rise in expenses spooked some investors. Though the stocks dipped across the board, there was no common thread that ties the companies' fates together. Facebook has been trading near record highs, so investors cashing in on some profits after the

  • WTO rules against China in specialty steel dispute


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Trade Organization says China broke global trade rules by failing to comply with an earlier WTO ruling and continuing to impose duties on specialty steel imports. The decision announced Friday was a victory for the United States and steelmakers AK Steel in West Chester, Ohio, and Allegheny Ludlum in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. The case dates back to 2010 when China imposed duties on a high-tech specialty steel used in power plants. Saying the duties violated trade rules, the U.S. took the case to the WTO and won. Despite the ruling, China reintroduced duties on the steel in 2013. The United States went back to the WTO, charging that China was not complying with the earlier decision.

  • 10 most dangerous jobs in America

    JJ Feinauer, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    When it comes to choosing a career, there are plenty of things to consider. Location, pay and work-life balance are often thought to be the prime priorities in the modern job market.

  • Falling oil prices shrinks Chevron's profit by 90 percent


    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Hurt by falling oil prices, Chevron said Friday that its second-quarter net income plunged 90 percent from the same period a year ago. Shares of Chevron Corp. fell nearly 4 percent in morning trading Friday. Chevron and other energy companies have been hurt by falling oil prices. Several, including Chevron and Exxon Mobil, have announced plans to trim their spending and cut back on drilling. Oil prices have dropped as production continues to increase in the U.S., outweighing demand. Also Friday, Exxon Mobil Corp. said its profit dropped by half in the second quarter on sharply lower oil and gas prices around the world. Chevron said it plans to cut costs to improve its financial results.

  • Extended warranties: Worth the money?

    Jeff Wuorio, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Extended warranties are offered for a variety of products. Is paying for extra protection worth it? Experts generally say no.

  • Demolition plan OK'd in southern Ohio uranium plant cleanup


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State and federal agencies have agreed on a plan for demolishing huge buildings and other facilities from a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio. It is the latest development in the lengthy decontamination and decommissioning process for the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, which was built in the 1950s and produced enriched uranium for defense and commercial uses until 2001. Its shutdown left old buildings, chemicals and radioactive areas that must be addressed. The demolition plan and recent approval of plans for waste removal and disposal at the site are considered big steps for the cleanup and potential redevelopment.

  • Toll collector killed by pickup on Massachusetts Turnpike


    AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — A toll collector has been struck and killed by a pickup truck on the Massachusetts Turnpike. State police say the truck was exiting an E-ZPass lane just after midnight Friday at the Auburn toll plaza as the worker was walking across the same lane. Police say 61-year-old Bill Pappas, of Holden, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 31-year-old pickup driver remained at the scene and wasn't injured. The investigation is ongoing.

  • Four years in, consumer protection agency has plenty to do


    The nation's youngest government agency recently celebrated its four-year anniversary, and it's still got plenty to do. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was born out of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law that passed in 2010 and started a year later. It was given a direct, but mammoth task: regulate and root out bad behavior in the financial services industry, from checking accounts to credit cards, mortgages to debt collection, and more. The CFPB's existence has been brief, but it hasn't been quiet. The agency has extracted billions in settlements from the big banks. Is looking to regulate the payday lending industry at the federal level for the first time.

  • University of Michigan: Consumer sentiment dips in July


    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment slipped this month but remains at healthy levels, the University of Michigan said Friday. Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell to 93.1 in July from 96.1 the previous month. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, blamed the drop on the "disappointing pace of economic growth." On Thursday, the U.S. government reported that the economy rose at a steady but unspectacular annual rate of 2.3 percent from April to June. Still, Curtin said the sentiment index has averaged 94.5 since December, the highest eight-month average since 2004. He attributed the healthy level of consumer optimism to "modestly positive news on jobs and wages." The index was at 81.8 a

  • Amazon makes 'Dash' buttons available to Prime members


    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to make the connected home a little more connected ... to your shopping list. With its new 'Dash' buttons, members of its $99 annual Prime loyalty program can reorder household items like baby food, coffee and laundry detergent with the touch of a button. The adhesive buttons are designed to stick on any household surface near where you may need to reorder products. Amazon first announced the 'Dash' buttons in April, available in beta mode by invitation only. Now 'Dash' buttons are being offered for about 20 brands, ranging from Bounty paper towels, Tide detergent, Clorox disinfecting wipes and other items, available to Prime members.

  • WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies


    TOKYO (AP) — The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies. The documents include what appear to be five U.S. National Security Agency reports, four of which are marked top-secret, that provide intelligence on Japanese positions on international trade and climate change. They date from 2007 to 2009. WikiLeaks also posted what it says is an NSA list of 35 Japanese targets for telephone intercepts including the Japanese Cabinet office, Bank of Japan officials, Finance and Trade Ministry numbers, the natural gas division at Mitsubishi and the petroleum division at Mitsui. The validity of the documents could not be independently verified,

  • Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and the archbishop of Los Angeles over who has control of the sale and its proceeds. At least two of the nuns don't want Perry to buy their former home and in June hastily sold the convent to a businesswoman with ambitions of turning it into a boutique hotel. Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said Thursday that he believes the sale to entrepreneur Dana Hollister is invalid.

  • US stocks little changed as investors react to earnings


    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed at the open as investors assess the latest batch of company earnings reports. The Standard & Poor's 500 fell one points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 2,108 as of 9:41 a.m. Eastern time on Friday. The Nasdaq gained one point, or less than 0.1 percent, to 5,140. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up four points, less than 0.1 percent, to 17,741. Expedia jumped after the online travel company reported solid second quarter earnings. Bond prices rose after a report showed that U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.20 percent from 2.26 percent on Thursday.

  • Exxon profit falls by half but production rises


    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. profit dropped by half in the second quarter on sharply lower oil and gas prices around the world, but the company's oil and gas production, which has been generally declining in recent years, surged. The company posted net income for the second quarter of $4.19 billion, down 52 percent from $8.78 billion in the second quarter of last year. It was Exxon's lowest quarterly profit since June of 2009, when the nation was in recession and oil and gas prices had plummeted. Exxon's revenue for the quarter of $74.11 billion, down 33 percent from last year, was also the company's lowest since 2009. On a per-share basis Exxon earned $1, down from $2.05 last year and less than the $1.

  • UPS buying Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion


    ATLANTA (AP) — UPS is buying Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion as it maneuvers for a slice of the burgeoning freight brokerage business. Coyote has helped support UPS in the past during the busy holiday season, the last two of which have caused headaches for the shipping giant. Coyote booked revenue of $2.1 billion last year. UPS said Friday that it expects the acquisition adding to its earnings next year. The Atlanta company anticipates the transaction could result in $100 million to $150 million in annual operating savings. The deal is targeted to close within 30 days.

  • US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter


    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers. The employment cost index rose just 0.2 percent in the April-June quarter after a 0.7 increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The index tracks wages, salaries and benefits. Wages and salaries alone also rose 0.2 percent. Both measures recorded the smallest quarterly gains since the second quarter of 1982. Salaries and benefits for private sector workers were unchanged, the weakest showing since the government began tracking