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Saturday, Oct 21


Dan Gilbert says Detroit has advantages in Amazon HQ bid

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dan Gilbert knows Detroit is vying against a slew of cities to lure Amazon's second headquarters.

Friday, Oct 20


APNewsBreak: Illinois lottery manager projects $4B in sales


CHICAGO (AP) — The new company hired to run the Illinois Lottery projects it will increase annual sales to $4 billion, generating more than $1 billion per year for schools and other projects by the end of the 10-year deal, according to a…


California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings…


Global stocks get modest boost from US tax hopes

LONDON (AP) — World stock markets pushed higher Friday after the passing of a budget resolution in the U.S. Senate stoked hopes that President Donald Trump's tax reform package will be enacted.

Thursday, Oct 19


US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire.


Little Rock drops Amazon bid in ad: 'It's not you, it's us.'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' capital city pre-emptively broke up with Amazon Thursday rather than submit a long-shot bid for the e-commerce giant's second headquarters, telling the company in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you,…


Missouri proposes innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials were submitting a bid Thursday for Amazon's second headquarters that would involve an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single location in one of the state's…

Wednesday, Oct 18


Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions.


Vermont commemorates civil unions with historic-site marker


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is commemorating its first-in-the-nation civil union law and subsequent marriage equality legislation with a historic-site marker on the State House lawn.

Tuesday, Oct 17


Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The winds eased, some of the smoke began to clear and the forecast Monday offered a tantalizing chance of rain to thousands of firefighters trying to corral the wildfires that have laid waste to the nation's most…

Monday, Oct 16

Tesla fires hundreds of workers as part of annual reviews

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla Motors fired hundreds of workers after completing its annual performance reviews, even though the electric automaker is trying to ramp up production to meet the demand for its new Model 3 sedan.

Sunday, Oct 15


California firefighters say they're gaining the upper hand

Two men who hiked for miles through Northern California wildfire territory in Santa Rosa expecting a grim discovery were met with a joyful one instead. (Oct. 14) SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire officials said…


'Happy Death Day' scares off 'Blade Runner' at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The box office might be struggling this year, but the horror genre is alive and well.

Friday, Oct 13


Doctor in conflict with New Hampshire over record keeping


NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — An 85-year-old New Hampshire doctor who has practiced medicine for more than 30 years is in danger of losing her practice. The state Board of Medicine is threatening the closure over Anna Konopka's record keeping…


After Twitter suspension, Rose McGowan says: 'HW raped me'

NEW YORK (AP) — After a suspension earlier in the day from Twitter, actress Rose McGowan forcefully re-emerged Thursday, stating more frankly what she has long suggested: "HW raped me."

Wednesday, Oct 11


Coach no more; New York company wants to be called Tapestry

NEW YORK (AP) — To better incorporate all of the brands it now owns, the storied Coach company of New York is changing its name to Tapestry.


Bottles sucked dry of wine among charred wildfire remains

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Metal racks sagging with dozens of blackened bottles were among the smoldering remains of a Napa Valley winery destroyed by wildfires that raced through a region famous for its fine food and drink.

Tuesday, Oct 10


Monument sought to recognize blacks who served Confederacy


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Blacks in South Carolina who served in the Confederate military, many of them slaves pressed into duty, would be recognized with a Statehouse monument under a proposal by two white Republican lawmakers. State Reps.…

Monday, Oct 9


Nate remnants drench Northeast; most power back on in South

BILOXI,MS-OCTOBER 8, 2017: Lanny Dean, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, takes video as he wades along a flooded Beach Boulevard next to Harrahs Casino as the eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore in Biloxi, Mississippi BILOXI,MS-OCTOBER 8, 2017:…

Sunday, Oct 8


Nate makes 2nd landfall outside Biloxi, Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Nate brought flooding and power outages to the Gulf Coast as it sloshed ashore outside Biloxi early Sunday, the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm hit the…

Saturday, Oct 7


Gulf Coast braces for fast-moving blast of tropical weather

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Gulf Coast braced Friday for a fast-moving blast of wind, heavy rain and rising water as deadly Tropical Storm Nate threatened to reach hurricane strength before a weekend landfall. The National Hurricane Center…

Friday, Oct 6

Kobach plan for Trump included federal voting laws changes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas official who later became vice chairman of President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud drafted a proposal for Trump to change federal voter registration laws to promote proof-of-citizenship…

Firm behind 'Fearless Girl' statue OKs equal pay settlement

BOSTON (AP) — The financial services firm behind Wall Street's "Fearless Girl" statue agreed to pay $5 million to settle federal allegations that it paid female executives less than their male counterparts.

Wednesday, Oct 4


Amazon to expand in Seattle with big downtown tower


SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has agreed to a big expansion in Seattle, less than a month after the e-commerce giant announced it was looking for a second headquarters in North America.


Will your job be automated? 70 percent of Americans say no

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans believe their jobs are safe from the spread of automation and robotics, at least during their lifetimes, and only a handful says automation has cost them a job or loss of income.

Tuesday, Oct 3


Amazon, Georgia: If you name it, will company come?


STONECREST, Ga. (AP) — Officials from a recently incorporated city outside Atlanta want to shed some of their new municipality's land and rename it Amazon, Georgia, in the hopes it will spur the e-commerce giant to locate a second…


Correction: Alaska-New Cargo Planes story

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Oct. 3 about new cargo planes for Alaska, The Associated Press reported erroneously that these are the first passenger planes to be converted for cargo use. These are the first 737-700 passenger planes…

Sunday, Oct 1


Geologist: Yosemite rock falls don't mean more danger


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Rock falls that killed a British tourist and injured two other people in Yosemite National Park aren't stopping climbers intent on scaling the sheer walls of El Capitan and a park geologist says there…

Thursday, Sep 28


Amazon to build another large warehouse outside Cleveland


EUCLID, Ohio (AP) — Amazon plans to build a second large warehouse on the site of a closed shopping mall outside of Cleveland.


US economic growth revised up to 3.1 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.