Toy maker Lego sees strong growth, profit in all regions

HELSINKI (AP) — Lego says its popular multi-colored toy blocks were in strong demand in the first half of the year, resulting in good growth in profits and revenue and an upbeat outlook for the full year. Net profit in the first six months of 2015 was up 30 percent at 3.6...

US Rep. Michael McCaul writing book on homeland security

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, has a book deal. McCaul’s “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – and How to Thwart Them” will be published...

Los Angeles back from dead as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games — a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running. But with a late surge of life brought on by Boston’s dropout from the process,...

Is N. Korean airline world’s worst? It may be the quirkiest

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn...

Novartis, Amgen partner on Alzheimer’s, migraine treatment

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss drug maker Novartis says it will cooperate with California-based biotech giant Amgen to develop and sell neuroscience treatments for illnesses and ailments like Alzheimer’s disease and migraine headaches. A Novartis statement released late Tuesday...

Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to have contract extended to 2018

BERLIN (AP) — Top directors of Volkswagen AG plan to give a two-year contract extension CEO Martin Winterkorn, who emerged on top of a power struggle earlier this year with company patriarch Ferdinand Piech. The automaker said Wednesday that the executive committee of its...

India SUV maker rides into US market … on a scooter

AP Photo/Paul Sancya ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — India’s largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on U.S. roads. But it’s starting with two wheels, not four. Mahindra hopes to win over city and campus dwellers with a $2,999, Vespa-like electric scooter called...

Grand opening: College football starts, playoff talk begins

No sport season starts better than college football. With little competition right before the baseball pennant races heat up and the middle weekend of U.S. Open tennis, college football opens with a long holiday weekend of games, concluding with No. 1 Ohio State trying to avenge...

DeMarco Murray’s departure might be too much for Dallas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When DeMarco Murray traded the blue star on his helmet for silver and white wings, the balance of power in the NFC East shifted from the Dallas Cowboys to the Philadelphia Eagles. That might be the difference in a division that’s had four different...