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Box Elder tax increment program for biofuels company is on hold

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Box Elder County made ready to help a biofuels company’s expansion plans. But four years...

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Hotel to open in downtown Stillwater

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STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — When it came time for developer Corey Burstad to find a partner for his $13.5 million hotel project in downtown Stillwater, he knew a standard chain wouldn’t cut it. The space — the former Joseph Wolf Brewery block on South Main Street — was too historic and too unusual, he...


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Texas man continues family tradition crafting leather goods

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DENTON, Texas (AP) — It’s silent in the small studio on the corner of Bell and Oak streets in downtown Denton, except for the scraping of metal on stone. In the same spot where his grandfather hand-tooled saddles for four decades, Clint Wilkinson, 35, silently counts each stroke of a knife across...


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Tyler summer camp teaches students to pilot, program drones

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TYLER, Texas (AP) — Up, up and away! One Tyler Junior College summer camp is teaching students to fly. Drones, that is. The faces of seven little campers are set in stone as they concentrate. Their tablet’s Bluetooth connects to a small drone and the whir of propellers tells them they are ready to...


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Reports: Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

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BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have detained the chief executive of Volkswagen’s Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls. The dpa news agency said Volkswagen confirmed reports that Stadler was detained Monday. Munich prosecutors searched Stadler’s...


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Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players. In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the U.N. health...


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World markets lower over tariffs, German tensions

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SINGAPORE (AP) — Global stocks were mostly lower Monday on concerns over trade tensions as the U.S. and China scheduled the start of tariffs on each other’s goods, and a row over migrants in Germany brewed. Markets in China and Hong Kong were closed for a holiday. KEEPING SCORE: European shares...


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Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google said Monday that it will invest $550 million in Alibaba’s main rival JD.com as the U.S. tech giant seeks to expand in fast-growing Asian e-commerce markets. Under the partnership, JD.com products will appear on Google’s shopping service, giving JD.com access to...


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EU trade commissioner says trade liberalization has momentum

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Trade liberalization continues to have global momentum despite recent U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the European trade commissioner said Monday as she launched free trade negotiations between the European Union and Australia. Trade Commissioner Cecilia...


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‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million Reports: Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case World markets lower over tariffs, German tensions Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com EU extends sanctions against Russia for a year over Crimea EU trade commissioner...


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EU extends sanctions against Russia for a year over Crimea

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for a year over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The EU said in a statement on Monday that it “remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and said that it continued to...


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