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FDA rules may jeopardize Black & Mild cigar name 


(AP) — Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.

Barneys to pay $525K in NY shopper-profiling probe 


(AP) — Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year.

Bad behavior on social media can cost recruits

(AP) — At St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there's a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk.

Panama Canal chief: drought could limit shipping

(AP) — The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway's locks.

Chiquita gets buyout offer from Safra, Cutrale

(AP) — Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.

US stocks gain on signs of easing Ukraine tension

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as investors were relieved by reports of easing tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

Washington pot sales reach $3.8M in 1st month 


(AP) — During the first month of legal marijuana sales in Washington state, stores sold just under $3.8 million, which is expected to bring in more than $1 million in state taxes, the state reported on Friday.

A Q&A on changes coming to FICO credit scores

(AP) — There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.

GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire 


(AP) — General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

US wholesale inventories rise 0.3 pct. in June 


(AP) — U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.