Budget fashion chain H&M opens US online store

STOCKHOLM (AP) — After several delays, Swedish budget fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz AB says it has launched its online sales operations in the United States. H&M opened its U.S. online store Thursday, saying it will sell everything…

Greece: Teaching union leader victim of new cuts

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of Greece’s National Union of Teachers has been suspended from his job as an Athens high school teacher as part of mass public sector staff cuts. Themis Kotsifakis, the 55-year-old leader of…

Snowden walks free in Russia to US anger

MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday. Anatoly Kucherena said that Snowden’s whereabouts will be kept…

Futures rise sharply on steady Fed hand

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rose sharply on renewed investor confidence in the Fed’s commitment to an aggressive monetary policy, as well as some big sales numbers from automakers and an improving jobs picture. Dow Jones industrial…

German news sites opt for Google exposure for now

BERLIN (AP) — Major German publishers gave Google permission to keep using their content on its news page as tighter online copyright rules came into force Thursday. However, they insisted that their dispute with the search giant over…

Model of house where women held captive unveiled

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors have unveiled a model of the Cleveland house where convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro imprisoned three women for a decade. The model was wheeled into a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County courtroom Thursday ahead of…

Bus drivers begin strike in some Phoenix suburbs

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of bus drivers are on strike in the Phoenix area, shutting down service that serves some 57,000 riders daily within several suburbs and on routes to other cities. The Valley Metropolitan regional Transit Authority…

Chrysler July US sales up 11 percent

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose 11 percent last month for the automaker’s best July in seven years. The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker said it sold just over 140,000 cars and trucks last month, led by strong…

Iran: Proposed new US sanctions blow to nuke talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says possible new U.S. sanctions will not change Tehran’s nuclear policy, but could complicate talks with world powers. Thursday’s state TV report follows U.S. House passage of calls to tighten sanctions…

Thailand’s king leaves hospital after 4 years

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s 85-year-old king has left the Bangkok hospital where he lived for the past four years and returned to his seaside palace with the queen. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit traveled by car Thursday…

US unemployment claims fall to 326K, 5 ½-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 19,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the fewest since January 2008. The decline shows the job market continues to strengthen. The Labor Department said…