The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway.

You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Companies added 218,000 workers in July, exceeding the average for the year and showing improving demand is bolstering the U.S. job market, a private payrolls report showed today.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Mortgage applications fell last week as fewer Americans refinanced their homes.

Gaza health officials say 15 people have been killed and more than 150 wounded by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area.

deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.

U.S. stocks crept higher following news that the economy surged ahead in the spring. Trading was quiet as investors waited for a statement from the Federal Reserve later Wednesday. Most world markets were mixed.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Sprint Corp. reported its first quarterly profit in more than six years and sales that topped analysts’ estimates as the wireless carrier held onto more subscribers.

Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Gains in consumer spending and business investment helped the U.S. economy rebound more than forecast in the second quarter following a slump in the prior three months that was smaller than previously estimated.

After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.

Pot may be legal in some states -- but the neighbors don't have to like it.

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts?

Goodyear Tire's second-quarter earnings jumped 18 percent to $213 million, though revenue was softer than many had expected and volume slowed in Latin America.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc jumped the most in almost three months after the U.K.’s second-largest lender returned to profit, a sign Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins’s overhaul may be starting to pay off.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Lenders aren’t keeping pace with a mounting backlog of applications for federal mortgage aid, placing some borrowers at increasing risk of losing their homes to foreclosure, according to an auditor’s report.

Phillips 66 said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income dropped 9.9 percent as demand for propane softened. The performance missed analysts' expectations.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Take a look at the world’s dizzying surges in the price of housing for 12 months at the end of June: London, up 20 percent. Manhattan, 18 percent. Sydney, 15.4 percent.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Pressure is mounting on Esther Koplowitz to refinance personal loans before a deadline tomorrow and allow a Spanish builder that counts Bill Gates and George Soros among investors to resolve its own debt tangle.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- If Emily Parsitau wanted to light her home to ward off lions and intruders, she had to walk for an hour to buy kerosene at the nearest store. Now, she uses a SIM card.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Treasuries extended losses after a report showed the economy grew faster than forecast in the second quarter, backing speculation the Federal Reserve will end its extraordinary stimulus policies and raise interest rates next year.

Russia was counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors on Wednesday, with the central bank promising to support lenders hit with penalties.

Hess' second-quarter net income dropped 35 percent in its second quarter as oil and gas production declined.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Gold was little changed, after falling from a one-week high yesterday, as investors weighed signs of an improving U.S. economy against tension over Ukraine and in the Middle East.

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo is getting the company back on track with Wall Street by drawing people to use the service more, sending shares soaring more than 29 percent in early trading.

The Federal Reserve will likely end a policy meeting Wednesday with a lot of questions unanswered:

Health insurer Humana Inc.'s second-quarter net income fell by 18 percent as investments in health care exchanges and state-based contracts along with higher specialty drug costs more than offset continued membership growth in its Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- West Texas Intermediate crude’s discount to Brent narrowed as U.S. inventories fell and amid speculation that tougher sanctions against Russia won’t impact the nation’s fuel exports.

A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month.

Sprint returned to profitability during its second quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as some of its costs fell and it lost fewer high-paying customers.

Italian carmaker Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, says its second-quarter profits dropped by more than a half due to lower performance in North and Latin America.

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that Cyprus will need to make additional spending cuts to meet a key target of its financial rescue program.

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- West Texas Intermediate crude traded near $101 a barrel after a government report showed that U.S. fuel supplies gained and as the country’s economy rebounded more than forecast in the second quarter.

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe on Wednesday defended his call to cut costs by relocating some venues for the 2020 Olympics, even if it threatens plans for having almost all the facilities close to the athletes village.

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Super Mario upgraded to a Mercedes- Benz in the newest version of his racing game, yet that wasn’t enough to keep Nintendo Co.’s Wii U from looking like a lemon.

Taser International Inc. on Wednesday reported profit that declined by 13 percent in its second quarter on higher expenses, but results beat expectations and sales surged, helped by higher sales of weapon handles to law enforcement agencies.

The flagship of the Jeep line _ the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle -- is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014.

Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.

North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on Wednesday in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer.

Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own.

A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women who became trapped on an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana when a freight train surprised them as they walked along the tracks.

The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report.

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of “good” in new frontal crash tests.

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.

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