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Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses.Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu...

Guess co-founder steps aside amid misconduct investigation |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Guess Inc. says that co-founder Paul Marciano will give up his day-to-day responsibilities at the clothing company until a sexual misconduct investigation is completed.Model and actress Kate Upton told Time magazine earlier this...

Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B |Feb 20, 2018

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP's strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016.The move announced Tuesday comes as...

Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid |Feb 20, 2018

The privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation's third-largest drugstore chain.Albertsons Companies is offering either a share of its stock...

New rules for nursing homes after Irma deaths move slowly |Feb 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) New rules for Florida nursing homes after 14 people died from heat exposure in an unpowered center after Hurricane Irma are moving slowly.The Tampa Bay Times reports that after the deaths, Gov. Rick Scott announced...

Report: EU would squeeze US juice, whiskey in trade spat |Feb 20, 2018

BERLIN (AP) A German newspaper reports the European Union is drawing up a list of U.S. products to target including orange juice and Kentucky bourbon if Washington restricts imports of aluminum and steel.The U.S. Commerce Department last...

New 'Year of the Dog' stamp celebrates Lunar New Year |Feb 20, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. Postal Service and the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce are unveiling a new stamp to help celebrate the Lunar New Year.The Year of the Dog stamp is the 11th in a 12-stamp series celebrating what's considered the most...

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.Diners can still ask specifically for...

Connecticut's Edible Arrangements sues Google over rival ads |Feb 20, 2018

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) The Connecticut-based fruit bouquet company Edible Arrangements has filed a federal lawsuit against Google, claiming its business is being hurt by rival ads that appear when people use the search engine.The Hour reports...

Markets Right Now: Stocks open broadly lower on Wall Street |Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening broadly lower as the market pulls back after a six-day winning streak.Walmart slumped 7 percent in early trading Tuesday after reporting...

Minnesota's $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial |Feb 19, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage it alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades.The...

Idaho can keep data on animals tracked illegally amid appeal |Feb 19, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Idaho officials don't have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited.A federal judge...

Offshore drilling foes, denied microphone, hold rallies |Feb 19, 2018

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) With giant inflatable whales, signs that read "Drilling Is Killing" and chants of "Where's our meeting?" opponents of President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have...

Oklahoma lawmaker delays resolution seeking judge's removal |Feb 19, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma lawmaker isn't pushing for a vote on a resolution to oust a judge who approved probation for a man who admitted raping a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp in southern Oklahoma.Republican Rep. Mike Ritze...

Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling effort targets parade trash |Feb 19, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins.This year two New Orleans organizations aimed to change...

Original Picasso print stolen from Milwaukee art gallery |Feb 19, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) An original Pablo Picasso print worth up to an estimated $50,000 was stolen from a downtown Milwaukee art gallery.WITI-TV reports appraiser Bill DeLind says his business partner noticed the original 1949 print was missing from...

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040 |Feb 19, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press.The...

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling |Feb 18, 2018

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign,...

Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons |Feb 18, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears.New York City's medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect...

Nobody hurt when train derails near California mountain town |Feb 18, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Authorities say nobody was hurt when six freight train cars derailed near a Southern California mountain town.The BNSF Railway Company says most of the train cars were empty and the others were carrying wine when they...

Winds hindering efforts to shut down exploded Ohio gas well |Feb 17, 2018

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) A spokeswoman for a company whose natural gas well exploded and caught fire in eastern Ohio says high winds are hindering experts from shutting down the well.XTO Energy's Karen Matusic says outside experts managed to...

Disney says 'Black Panther' is raking it in |Feb 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) "Black Panther" is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry...

Satellite launch from California is delayed |Feb 17, 2018

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed.The Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite for Spain had been scheduled to lift...

Conundrum of a fire alarm with gunfire: Flee, or lock down? |Feb 17, 2018

Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire.Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one...

Even as markets shook, many investors held steady |Feb 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) This month's sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors' mettle in years. And many ended up doing exactly what the experts were recommending: hold steady.Even as stock markets tumbled around the world, putting a...

Satellite launch from California is delayed |Feb 17, 2018

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed.The Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite for Spain had been scheduled to lift...

Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting |Feb 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath.Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day...

Senators want to bolster research of organic agriculture |Feb 17, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A pair of U.S. senators is introducing legislation designed to improve organic farming research.Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine say their legislation would reauthorize...

Weinstein Co. fires president after suit alleges inaction |Feb 17, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) The movie studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein has fired its president, whose continued presence at the company was a source of controversy.The Weinstein Co. board said Friday it voted unanimously to dismiss David Glasser. A...

ESPN radio station to take over broadcasts of UConn games |Feb 16, 2018

STORRS, Conn. (AP) An ESPN radio station will take over broadcasts of University of Connecticut sports games next fall in a multimillion dollar deal that will dump another station that has been the voice of the Huskies for 26 years.The 10-year...

APNewsBreak: Caesars to check 'Do Not Disturb' rooms daily |Feb 16, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) One of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob.Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press Friday it...

Police: Man crashes truck into Planned Parenthood clinic |Feb 16, 2018

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) A Massachusetts man has been accused of deliberately crashing a stolen bakery delivery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey, injuring a pregnant woman and two other people.Marckles Alcius faces numerous...

Data breach exposes thousands of California state employees |Feb 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A former California state employee downloaded sensitive personal information about tthousands of fellow workers, potentially exposing them to identity theft, according to state officials.The information included Social...

Kansas public schools face backlash on endless money crisis |Feb 16, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Prisons in Kansas face a crisis in hiring staff because of poor pay. A former governor called a state hospital for the mentally ill "a pit." Highway projects are delayed because state funding keeps getting diverted to other...

Stone Brewing sues MillerCoors for Keystone Light branding |Feb 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Craft brewing company Stone Brewing Co. is suing MillerCoors LLC over the rebranding of Keystone Light beer.The Roanoke Times reports that Stone Brewing, based in California with a brewery in Richmond, filed the lawsuit on...

Spacewalking astronauts finishing months of robot arm repair |Feb 16, 2018

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Spacewalking astronauts stepped out Friday to wrap up months of repair work on the International Space Station's big robot arm.NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Japan's Norishige Kanai emerged from the orbiting complex...

Ram trucks recalled to fix problem with gear shifters |Feb 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 229,000 Ram trucks, mostly in North America, because they can be shifted out of park without a key in the ignition or a foot on the brake.The recall covers certain 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. Also...

Markets Right Now: Stocks rise for the 6th straight day |Feb 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):4 p.m.Stocks ended an up-and-down day mostly higher, capping a week of strong gains that wiped out more than half of the losses suffered in a series of wild swings...

TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline spill cleanup on schedule |Feb 16, 2018

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) TransCanada Corp. says cleanup of a massive on-shore oil spill from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota is halfway finished.Last November, the pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of crude oil onto agricultural land in Marshall...

The Latest: Shareholders in 2nd lawsuit against Wynn Resorts |Feb 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on the termination agreement announced Friday between casino mogul Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts (all times local):2:40 p.m.A second group of Wynn Resorts shareholders has filed a lawsuit following the sexual misconduct...

Wynn gets no money in termination deal with casino company |Feb 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) A termination agreement between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing his name shows that he won't receive any compensation and can't be involved in any competing gambling business for two years.The terms of...

4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma |Feb 16, 2018

WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8.No injuries or damage have been reported as a result of the Friday morning temblors near...

A's hope patience pays off with arrival of young core talent |Feb 16, 2018

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The often-rebuilding Oakland Athletics are leaning on young talent again in 2018, maintaining a philosophy of developing prospects from within their organization and acquiring them from other teams for more expensive...

How major US stock indexes fared Friday |Feb 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Stocks powered higher for the sixth day in a row Friday as the market wrapped up its best week in five years. Investors fled the market early this month, but they've recovered most of those losses as a combination of lower prices...

Denver moves closer to sparking up at legal marijuana club |Feb 15, 2018

DENVER (AP) A Colorado business is closer to becoming one of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs.Owners of the Coffee Joint plan to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own marijuana space, where customers can vape or eat products.A...

US Bank pays $613 million over money laundering charges |Feb 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Bancorp said Thursday it will pay $613 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls, which put the bank repeatedly at risk of being used as a conduit for...

Amazon to pay $1.2 million for illegal pesticide sales |Feb 15, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides.It's one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides laws.Federal authorities say the...

Dog food is withdrawn over concerns about euthanasia drug |Feb 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties...

Man charged with setting up meth lab in casino hotel room |Feb 15, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) A man has been charged with setting up a methamphetamine lab in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino hotel room that caught fire, causing four floors to be evacuated.Wednesday's fire at the Tropicana casino injured two...

City sues firefighter foam makers over water contamination |Feb 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts city is suing the makers of firefighting foam blamed for water contamination.Westfield's Democratic Mayor Brian Sullivan announced the federal lawsuit against the 3M Co., Chemguard Inc. and Tyco Fire...