NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading on Wall Street. Technology stocks, retailers and energy companies are rising, while industrial firms are declining. Target and Lowe's are gaining after reporting earnings that came in ahead of analysts' forecasts.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials said earlier this month that a strong economy meant that it would "likely soon be appropriate" to boost their benchmark interest rate for a third time this year. The minutes of their discussions underscore expectations that the central bank is likely to increase its policy rate at its next meeting in September. Many economists believe a September hike will be followed by another rate increase in December. But the minutes also reveal deepening concerns about how the economy would fare under the Trump administration's trade policies and a possible escalation of trade wars.

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets. The company says the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. Ford says plugging the cords into outlets that aren't on a dedicated circuit or are on damaged, worn or corroded circuits could cause wall outlets to overheat. The company says it has reports of four fires involving C-Max cords, but no injuries.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The oil industry wants the government to help protect some of its facilities on the Texas Gulf Coast against the effects of global warming. One proposal involves building a nearly 60-mile "spine" of flood barriers to shield refineries and chemical plants. Many Republicans argue that such projects should be a national priority. But others question whether taxpayers should have to protect refineries in a state where top politicians still dispute whether climate change is real.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree or finish a high school diploma. The Walt Disney Co. says it will pay upfront tuition to workers who want to take classes starting in the fall. Disney is rolling out its program in phases, with the first limited to online classes. It is being administered by Guild Education, the same firm operating a similar program at Walmart.