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Ben Affleck walks on stage at the "Justice League" panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 23, 2016, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Warner Bros. calms fans with fun 'Justice League' footage

After "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" put the launch of the DC/Warner Bros. universe on shaky ground, the studio came back swinging at Comic-Con Saturday armed with movie stars, brand new footage and a sense of humor. The 6,500-some fans in Hall H got a glimpse of never-before-seen footage ...

In this aerial view taken from video, part of the miles long queue of traffic outside Dover, England, waiting to cross the English Channel into France, Saturday July 23, 2016, as France is under a state of emergency.  Heightened French border security checks caused massive disruption for many hours Saturday as some thousands of travelers tried to make the journey into France.  (Sky via AP)

French leader to eye security all summer; Chunnel backs up

French President Francois Hollande will reassess security measures once a week all summer amid fears of new violence after a deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, and heightened French security checks were causing severe delays Saturday for those trying to cross the English Channel. Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said ...

European grocery store giants complete $29 billion tie up

The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant and the parent company of Food Lion completed their $29 billion combination after receiving regulatory clearance by the Federal Trade Commission. The deal creates the fourth largest grocer in the U.S. and is the latest in a series of buyouts and mergers ...

In this July 12, 2016 photo, Sid Bail, president of the Wading River Civic Association, poses outside the defunct Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant in Wading River, N.Y. Bail is among those who are opposing a proposal to build a solar energy project on the Shoreham property. The plan, which still needs regulatory approvals, would require cutting down 350 acres of trees. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

Solar projects can't save the forest for the trees?

A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. "Choosing solar over forests ...

Series of attacks may lead mall owners to increase security

Attacks such as the one in a Munich shopping mall and at a nearby McDonald's Friday may lead mall owners to increase their security or even persuade global brands to focus expansion plans on the U.S. rather than Europe. Retail industry experts also said that at this point big iconic ...

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, walks to the podium during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, by Trump: Ivanka Trump's dress in the spotlight

It was a moment the head of any fashion label hopes for: A presidential candidate's daughter wears the brand's dress as she introduces him to accept the nomination. The speaker was Ivanka Trump, the sleeveless studded sheath came from her own line, and the candidate she spoke about was her ...

Ecuador pays Chevron $112 arbitration award

Ecuador has paid a $112 million arbitration award to Chevron Corp stemming from a 1990s-era oil contract dispute. The payment confirmed Friday by a company spokesman was ordered in 2011 by a Netherland-based international arbitration panel and later confirmed by U.S. courts and upheld on appeal by the Supreme Court. ...

Southwest Airlines still dealing with delays after outage

Southwest passengers endured a third straight day of canceled and delayed flights as the airline struggled to resume normal operations on Friday. Tracking service FlightStats Inc. reported that by mid-afternoon about 300 Southwest flights had been canceled and 1,200 more delayed. Southwest canceled nearly 1,500 flights and 4,500 others were ...

This Friday, June 3, 2016, photo shows the tail of an American Airlines passenger jet at Miami International Airport in Miami. On Friday, July 22, 2016, American reports financial results. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Boom times for big US airlines: $3.9 billion in 2Q profits

Compared with their checkered track record, major airlines are enjoying boom times. Planes are full, and jet fuel is still much cheaper than it was last year. The four biggest U.S. carriers just reported a collective second-quarter profit of $3.9 billion. And yet investors seem to be looking past the ...

People pass in front of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, July 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Another creep higher sends S&P 500 to record high, again

Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 9.86 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,175.03 on Friday. It surpassed its prior record set Wednesday by 0.09 percent, the latest nudge higher for a market that has taken a decidedly ...

APNewsBreak: Volkswagen has emissions-cheating fix ready

Volkswagen's plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and it may not hurt mileage or performance, according to dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter. Limited ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls about 410K vehicles for wiring trouble

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 410,000 vehicles worldwide because a wiring problem can cause them to move slowly. The company said Friday that the recall covers some Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 200 sedans and Ram ProMaster City vans from the 2015 model year. Also included are certain 2014 ...

Workers: Force majeure at ExxonMobil Nigeria may last weeks

The force majeure — or freedom from contractual obligations because of extraordinary circumstances — declared by ExxonMobil on Nigeria's largest crude stream could last a month because of extensive damage to its 300,000 barrel-a-day Qua Iboe export terminal, workers of the U.S.-based oil giant told The Associated Press on Friday. ...

Turkmenistan to have summit on European gas

A Turkish diplomat says the presidents of Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are set to meet to lay groundwork on possible future deliveries of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe. Mustafa Kapucu, Turkey's envoy to Turkmenistan, said Friday that the three-way summit will happen later this year. The preferred proposed westward ...

FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Amazon Fire Phone in Seattle. Bloomberg's billionaire index shows Bezos moved past Warren Buffet to become the third richest person in the world on Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Amazon's Bezos moves past Buffett on world's richest list

A rough day on Wall Street for Warren Buffett means Amazon's Jeff Bezos is now the third richest person in the world. Bloomberg's billionaire index shows Buffett lost more than $754 million Thursday, thanks to a slide in shares of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos lost $136 million, but at ...

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a press conference for the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting economic growth at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, July 22, 2016. The IMF called Friday to end uncertainty over Britain's vote to leave the European Union she says is dampening global economic growth. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

IMF chief Lagarde to stand trial in French arbitration deal

France's top court has ruled that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial in France over a 2008 arbitration ruling that handed 400 million euros to a politically-connected business magnate. Lagarde, who was French finance minister at the time of the deal in favor of tycoon Bernard Tapie, ...

In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, photo, people stand in line to register for a job fair, in Miami Lakes, Fla. On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Labor Department reports on state unemployment rates for June. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

18 states see significant job gains, but unemployment rises

Unemployment rates ticked up noticeably in six states in June, even as employers continued to add jobs and the hiring outlook improved. The unemployment rate in 21 states is now significantly below the national figure of 4.9 percent, while it's higher in 14 states. In Colorado, the rate jumped 0.4 ...

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond attends the UK-China High Level Financial Services Roundtable at the Bank of China head office building in Beijing, China, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Damir Sagolj/Pool Photo via AP)

Brexit deals heavy hit to UK economy but eurozone holds up

Britain's economy appears to be shrinking at its fastest pace since the global financial crisis as a result of the vote to leave the European Union, but the rest of the region is holding up, surveys showed Friday. The findings come as global financial leaders meeting in China identified the ...

China's Premier Li Keqiang, center, speaks during the 1+6 Roundtable on promoting growth in the Chinese and global economies at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

IMF head calls for quick end to Brexit uncertainty

The head of the International Monetary Fund called Friday for quick action to end uncertainty over Britain's vote to leave the European Union, which she said is dampening global economic growth. The IMF cut this year's global growth forecast by 0.1 percentage points to 3.1 percent in a report released ...

Swiss seize Monet, van Gogh works amid US probe of fund 1MDB

Swiss authorities have seized three paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh following a U.S. request as part of a probe into the scandal surrounding the Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB. A Federal Office of Justice spokesman said Friday that van Gogh's "La Maison de Vincent a Arles" and "Saint-Georges ...

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