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Saturday, Oct 20


Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a…

Monday, Sep 10


California aims to drop fossil fuels for electricity by 2045


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to…

Wednesday, Sep 5


Court: Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on streets


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional, a federal a...

Saturday, Aug 25


Hold the Mayo! Florida town is changing its name temporarily


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mayo, Florida is holding the mayo, at least for a few days. The mayor of this tiny town of less than 1,500 residents, located where Florida's Panhandle morphs into a peninsula, is announcing Saturday that the city is…

Tuesday, Aug 7


Nebraska to try risky 4-drug series in 1st lethal injection


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state officials are preparing for their first execution in two decades and first-ever lethal injection with an untried combination of drugs that includes a powerful paink...

Saturday, Aug 4


Investigators say John Glenn's remains not disrespected


DOVER, Del. (AP) — A lengthy investigation by Air Force officials has concluded that the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn were not treated disrespectfully at the Dover Air Force Ba...

Thursday, May 24


Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect


LAS VEGAS (AP) — What happens in Las Vegas could have a ripple effect across the country if 50,000 casino-hotel workers employed at more than 30 of the city's world-famous resorts go on strike at any time starting next week.


Amazon, Starbucks pledge money to repeal Seattle head tax

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon, Starbucks, Vulcan and other companies have pledged a total of more than $350,000 toward an effort to repeal Seattle's newly passed tax on large employers intended to combat homelessness.

Wednesday, May 23


Hunter accused of giving bribes for African elephant kill

DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing him of bribing Zimbabwean officials while guiding a Colorado tourist and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant that the group…

Monday, May 21


Judge: Teen must repay $37M for starting Oregon wildfire

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37…

Friday, May 18


CBS board approves special dividend in face of likely veto

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Most of CBS Corp.'s board on Thursday approved a special dividend that could enable the company to break free from its controlling shareholder, but the power struggle's outcome still hinges on an ongoing legal battle.

Wednesday, May 16


Amazon to give Prime members extra discounts at Whole Foods

NEW YORK (AP) — It's Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon said it will give its Prime members extra discounts at the grocery chain.

Tuesday, May 15


Seattle City Council approves tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle City Council approves tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.


Amazon to open cashier-less stores in Chicago, San Francisco


NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which opened a cashier-less store in Seattle this year, plans more locations in Chicago and San Francisco.

Monday, May 14


Official: Lyft drivers at Disney World can join union


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The drivers are summoned by a Lyft app. They are expected to entertain with storytelling as they whisk passengers around Walt Disney World in what are known as "Minnie Vans," named after Minnie Mouse. And now these…

Lawsuit accuses AT&T Mobility of pregnancy discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) — Represented by high-powered lawyers, two women filed a federal court lawsuit Monday accusing AT&T's mobile phone subsidiary of firing them for pregnancy-related absences in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws.


Xerox ends agreement with Japan's Fujifilms

NEW YORK (AP) — Copier company Xerox Corp. said Sunday it was ending an agreement to combine with Japan's Fujifilm Holdings and is entering a settlement deal with investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason. Fujifilm opposed the move.

Saturday, May 12


Traveling with Pompeo on secret mission to North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — It began with quiet words from State Department officials: Apply for a new passport immediately. You may soon be going to a country for which ordinary U.S. passports are not valid for travel.

Thursday, May 10


50,000 Vegas casino workers to vote on strike over contract

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The union representing 50,000 Las Vegas casino employees whose contracts will expire at the end of the month announced Wednesday the workers are set to vote on whether to strike, a move that could cripple the city.


Feds probe Tesla crash and fire in which 2 teens killed


A federal safety agency is investigating a severe crash and fire involving a Telsa electric car that killed two teenagers in Florida.

Wednesday, May 9


Walmart makes a $16 billion bet on India's booming economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will soon reach shoppers in India's massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that's known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on motorcycles with oversized backpacks.

Tuesday, May 8


More Americans expect to work until 70; there are benefits

When it comes to retirement, later may be better.


Fed's Powell: Rate hikes should not upend the global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moves by the Fed and other major central banks to raise interest rates after a long period of keeping them low should not be disruptive to the global economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday.

Monday, May 7


Nestle takes over sales of Starbucks in the grocery aisle

SEATTLE (AP) — Nestle is paying more than $7 billion to buy the rights to sell Starbucks coffee and tea in supermarkets and other stores outside its coffee shops.


Pickup truck strikes Southwest plane at Baltimore airport


BALTIMORE (AP) — Passengers on board a Southwest Airlines flight from Florida say a pickup truck hit their plane on the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Friday, May 4


2nd-longest US expansion on record keeps churning out jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has delivered steady if only modest gains for most Americans since the Great Recession ended in 2009. It's been a frustration for many.

Thursday, May 3


Heavy rains destroyed or severely damaged 115 Hawaii homes


HONOLULU (AP) — Last month's record rains destroyed or did major damage to 115 homes on Kauai and Oahu islands, the state of Hawaii said Wednesday as it sought a disaster declaration from the president.

Wednesday, May 2


Small businesses grapple with maze of conflicting pot laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their drug testing policies for the first time in decades. A small but increasing number are simply no longer testing…


More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

WASHINGTON (AP) — FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.


Fighter jet work in Missouri part of Pentagon's $700B budget

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An old fighter jet being refurbished at a hangar in Missouri is the first of several planes being sent to the Boeing facility as the Pentagon spends the biggest budget in its history.