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Auto sales remain bright spot in darkening economy

DETROIT — U.S. auto sales remained a bright spot in May even as the economy darkened. Many of the biggest carmakers reported double-digit sales gains last month compared with a year earlier. Americans continued to replace their aging vehicles even ...

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Colleges’ bank deals saddle students with big fees

WASHINGTON — A public interest group says as many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to access students’ financial aid money. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Fund ...

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Swiss chemicals maker Syngenta pays $105 million to settle U.S. lawsuit

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Swiss chemicals maker Syngenta’s agreement to pay $105 million to settle a nearly 8-year-old lawsuit over one of its popular agricultural herbicides could help reimburse nearly 2,000 community water systems that have had to filter ...

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U.S. bank earnings rose this winter to 5-year high

WASHINGTON — U.S. bank earnings rose in the first three months of the year to the highest level in nearly five years and the number of troubled banks fell for the fourth straight quarter. The mostly positive first-quarter earnings released ...

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U.S. durable goods orders up 0.2 percent in April

WASHINGTON — Orders for long-lasting factory goods edged up slightly in April. But a measure of tracks business investment spending fell for a second straight month. Durable goods orders increased 0.2 percent last month after a 3.7 percent decline in ...

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