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US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid 


(AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

Government wants to make cars talk to each other 


(AP) — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar 


(AP) — Dollar General isn't about to be left out in the cold. The discounter is starting a bidding war for Family Dollar with an approximately $8.95 billion offer as it attempts to trump a Dollar Tree bid.

McDonald's confronts its junk food image 


(AP) — At a dinner McDonald's hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain's menu.

Stocks overcome a midday tumble on Ukraine

(AP) — The stock market recovered from a midday swoon caused by the latest worries over Ukraine and ended little changed.

Foreign holdings of Treasury debt top $6 trillion

(AP) — Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities increased their holdings in June, topping $6 trillion for the first time.

Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

(AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.

Ford recalls 83,250 cars and SUVs

(AP) — Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked.

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

(AP) — Your next commuter car might have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

US stocks close higher; Amazon gains, Macy's drops

(AP) — Technology and health care companies are helping U.S. stocks close higher, despite a mixed batch of economic news and a pullback in Japan's economy.