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The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround

Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer.

Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.

G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

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Grain mixed, livestock mostly higher

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

New suit claiming Chinese drywall destroyed homes

Lawyers for people who say their homes were wrecked by defective drywall made in China have filed a new lawsuit against the manufacturers and a new defendant — the Chinese Cabinet agency that oversees the country's biggest state-owned companies.

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

Barclays chief applauds claw-back idea on bonuses

The CEO of Barclays said having provisions to claw back bankers' bonuses, as outlined by regulators on Wednesday, is a good idea in principle.

State environmental chief touring Upper Peninsula

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is opening a new Upper Peninsula district office in Marquette.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

Lottery seen as boost for Wyoming businesses

Some business owners in Wyoming are hoping the new statewide lottery is a winner for their bottom lines.

Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.

Scorching 4 percent growth in Q2, optimism returns

The much stronger than expected 4 percent rate of annual growth from April through June reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department put to rest fears than the U.S. economy was slipping into low gear.

Valero Energy 2Q profit rises 26 percent

Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) on Wednesday reported earnings that climbed by 26 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations.

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Wholesale cash prices Wednesday:

Governor candidates assess overseas tax breaks

The practice of U.S. corporations reorganizing with foreign entities overseas to reduce taxes back home has emerged as an issue in Illinois' gubernatorial race, with Gov. Pat Quinn strongly condemning the growing trend as "unpatriotic" on Wednesday and questioning his Republican challenger's stance on the issue.

SW La. visitors bureau to conduct tourism study

The Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired a firm to research how visitors feel about the region and how the local tourism industry can capitalize on travel trends.

Raiders owner confirms talks with San Antonio

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.

BC-Cotton Bale

Cotton futures No. 2 closed $5.05 to $6.20 a bale lower Wednesday.

Chicago mayor proposes hike in hourly minimum wage

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour.

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