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Google to map Liberty and Ellis islands

Google had begun mapping Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

Grain mostly higher, beef and pork higher

Grain futures were mosly higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

Xerox 2Q profit drops 1.8 percent

Document management company Xerox Corp. (XRX) on Friday reported profit that declined by 1.8 percent in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations.

AP names new enterprise editor for western US

Raghu Vadarevu, an editor on The Associated Press' West Desk, has been promoted to West assistant editor for enterprise.

Treasurer: $1B in interest earned during tenure

State Treasurer Ron Crane's office says Idaho has received more than $1 billion in interest earnings since he became treasurer in 1999.

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact.

New York suggests summer shutdown for nuke plant

New York's latest proposal to save Hudson River fish from being sucked into the Indian Point nuclear plant calls for shutting down one of the region's largest power producers for up to three months a year — during air-conditioner season.

California state senator facing additional charge

A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Russia raises key rate amid Ukraine concerns

Russia's central bank has unexpectedly raised its key interest rate in a bid to stem inflation and support the currency as the country faces increasing economic pressure over its policies in Ukraine.

Report: Oversight lacking in NYC payroll project

Investigators say poor oversight allowed a New York City payroll-technology project to spiral into a $700 million tangle of contractor fraud, budget overruns and delays.

US plans wide seismic testing of Atlantic seabed

The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer.

China pork giant WH Group makes 2nd IPO attempt

Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering after abandoning its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand.

DTE Energy 2Q profit climbs 18 percent

DTE Energy Co. (DTE) on Friday reported net income that increased by 18 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations.

BC-Cash Prices, 1st Ld-Writethru,0334

Wholesale cash prices Friday:

McNuggets pulled from sale in HK after meat scare

McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.

AbbVie 2Q profit climbs 2.8 percent

Drugmaker AbbVie Inc.'s (ABBV) second-quarter profit increased nearly 3 percent and beat analysts' expectations, as sales soared for the world's top-selling drug, Humira.

BC-Cotton Bale

Cotton futures No. 2 closed $3.50 to $6.20 a bale lower Friday.

White Sox: Reinsdorf hospitalized in Cooperstown

The Chicago White Sox say owner Jerry Reinsdorf has been hospitalized after feeling lightheaded in Cooperstown, New York.

GM in China announces Cadillac, Camaro recall

General Motors Co. and its main Chinese partner are recalling nearly 20,000 imported Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles and Chevrolet Camaros to replace defective seat bolts.

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