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    Consumer confidence in U.S. jumps to highest since 2007

    Carry Johnson, left, shows dresses to her daughters Zoey, 3, center, and Payton while they shop at a Costco in Plano, Texas. Confidence among U.S. consumers soared in July to the highest level in almost seven years as Americans grew more upbeat about the labor market and the outlook for the economy.

    Jul 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    Confidence among U.S. consumers soared in July to the highest level in almost seven years as Americans grew more upbeat about the labor market and the outlook for the economy. The Conference Board’s index rose to 90.9, the highest since October 2007, from a revised 86.4 in June, according to the New York-based private research group said today. The gauge exceeded the most optimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey in which the median called for an 85.4 reading.

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    Facebook plan on Web browsing alarms at privacy groups

    Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc.,The U.S. should investigate whether Facebook Inc.’s tracking of users’ Web browsing activities violates an agreement with the government to ensure people’s privacy, an advocacy group said.

    Jul 29, 2014 11:25 AM

    The U.S. should investigate whether Facebook Inc.’s tracking of users’ Web browsing activities violates an agreement with the government to ensure people’s privacy, an advocacy group said. Facebook, the biggest social networking site, began monitoring the Web habits of its users following a June 12 announcement. That’s contrary to the company’s prior representations, according to a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

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    Jimmy Dean moves beyond breakfast for first time

    A Jimmy Dean Pulled Pork sandwich. Jimmy Dean, the breakfast sausage brand started by the late country singer of the same name, is hoping its new bowls and sandwiches can lure eaters at other meals.

    Jul 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    Jimmy Dean is coming to dinner — and lunch, too.The sausage brand started by the late country singer of the same name has become a breakfast staple, with products even including a pancake-and-sausage on a stick. Now the brand is hoping its new bowls and sandwiches can lure eaters at other meals. Jimmy Dean, owned by Hillshire Brands, is rolling out 16 microwavable products that cost around $3 each and are designed to be eaten later in the day, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

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    Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

    More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace.

    Jul 29, 2014 8:02 AM

    More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely. Some flights, however, are safer than others.

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    Malaysian air faces passenger cancellations after disasters

    Malaysian Airline System Bhd. is facing an influx of passenger cancellations after the carrier’s second disaster this year, adding to the strains of a company that’s bracing for a fourth consecutive annual loss.

    Jul 29, 2014 8:12 AM

    Malaysian Airline System Bhd. is facing an influx of passenger cancellations after the carrier’s second disaster this year, adding to the strains of a company that’s bracing for a fourth consecutive annual loss. Travel agents from Melbourne to Singapore, New Delhi and Malaysian Air’s home country said they’ve seen a spike in withdrawn reservations since MH17’s downing this month -- with cancellations climbing above 20 percent in some places. The Samoan women’s rugby team switched to Thai Airways International Pcl from Malaysian Air on July 27 for a flight to a world cup event in France.

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    Toyota said to plan Mirai as name for $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle

    Mitsuhisa Kato, executive vice president at Toyota Motor Corp., speaks as he introduces the company’s fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) during a news conference in Tokyo Wednesday.

    Jul 29, 2014 8:01 AM

    Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision said.The person asked not to be identified because the decision hasn’t been made public. The name of the car will be unveiled closer to when it goes on sale, said Danny Chen, a company spokesman, declining to comment on Mirai, which has been trademarked by Toyota in the U.S.

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