PPG Industries ups bid for Akzo Nobel to $28.8B

NEW YORK (AP) -- PPG Industries is boosting its offer for Akzo Nobel, looking to buy the industrial paints and chemicals company in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $28.8 billion. PPG is raising its offering to 61.50 euros per share and 0.357 shares of its common stock. It previously offered to buy Akzo Nobel for $22 billion, but the bid was rejected.

Haley won't rule out strike vs North Korea for nuke testing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, isn't ruling out a U.S. strike against North Korea if Pyongyang tests another nuclear device. In several television interviews Monday, Haley praised China's involvement in trying to pressure North Korea to cease missile testing and criticized its leader, Kim Jong Un, as unstable and paranoid.

Report: Companies not complying with Bangladesh garment plan

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday. Only 29 out of 72 recently contacted companies are releasing information about how they source their products in Bangladesh, and "many brands have held out completely," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report.

Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman.

Japan's Nikon sues ASML, Zeiss over chip-making technology

TOKYO (AP) -- Nikon Corp. said Monday it has taken legal action in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan over the use of semiconductor lithography technology in products made by Dutch and German companies. Nikon said it is seeking to stop Dutch company ASML Holding N.V. and its supplier Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH from using patented technology without its permission.

Trump sons seek to extend family brand into domestic markets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him. Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international deal-making while Trump is president.

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

GENEVA (AP) -- The top executive of LafargeHolcim announced Monday that he will resign, citing "strong tensions" facing the Swiss-French cement maker since its admission last month that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria -- allegedly including the radical Islamic State group. The world's largest cement maker said an internal investigation has concluded that CEO Eric Olsen was not responsible for or aware of any wrongdoing linked to now-discontinued Syria operations.

1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits will go to trial on Monday against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports. The lawsuits allege Syngenta's move wrecked an increasingly important export market for U.S. corn and resulted in price drops that hurt all producers.

Survey of economists finds optimism about growth prospects

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Business economists are generally optimistic about the U.S. economy with most expecting stronger growth than last year's poor performance. Economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics also expect improved or unchanged sales and profits at their companies in the second quarter, with most reporting no changes in hiring or investment in response to policy changes expected after the November election.

Medical tech firm Becton Dickinson to buy C.R. Bard for $24B

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. (AP) -- Medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Co. says it has reached an agreement to buy competitor C.R. Bard Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal worth $24 billion. The deal announced Sunday was approved by both companies' boards but still needs regulatory and Bard shareholder approvals. It's expected to close in the fall.

Bill O'Reilly to return with new podcast episode Monday

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill O'Reilly is back and ready to talk. His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his "No Spin News" podcast Monday evening. Fox News Channel's parent company fired O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by women. O'Reilly has called the allegations completely unfounded.

Golf ball pieces from harvest cause hash brown recall

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) -- A food company is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states because the potatoes may have pieces of golf balls in them. McCain Foods USA's recall notice said the golf balls apparently were "inadvertently harvested" along with the potatoes and chopped up. They say the pieces could be a choking hazard, but no injuries have been reported.

Trump sons take helm of company, eye domestic expansion

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him. Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international dealmaking while Trump is president.

GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

SHANGHAI (AP) -- General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry. GM will start production of a pure-electric model in China within two years, Matt Tsien, president of GM China, told a news conference during the Shanghai auto show.

FDA approves near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

Federal regulators have approved an alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it approved Renflexis, developed by Samsung Bioepis Co. of South Korea. It will be marketed by its U.S. partner, Merck & Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey. The companies refused to disclose the list price.

Retirement for O'Reilly? He'll have other options

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chances are you haven't heard the last of Bill O'Reilly. He'll have options, and retirement seems unlikely. At least three conservative news outlets are eager to speak with him. O'Reilly, the top cable news personality for two decades until Fox News Channel fired him this week following harassment claims by women, would be a game-changer for any company trapped in Fox's shadow.

Losses for finance, health care companies send stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks slumped Friday as financial and health care companies moved lower. Industrial companies rose as stocks continued the up-and-down pattern they've been stuck in for the last month. Stocks slumped in morning trading as banks fell in tandem with bond yields and interest rates and energy companies sank with oil prices. Strong results from Honeywell and aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins helped industrial firms.

Company to expand North Carolina plant, adding 275 jobs

APEX, N.C. (AP) -- A company that makes robotics parts is expanding its operation in North Carolina, adding 275 jobs over the next four years. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/2pX1wV8) that ATI Industrial Automation said Thursday it will expand its factory and headquarters in Apex. CEO Robert Little said the company plans to spend $6 million on the expansion that will include factory and warehouse space.