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Weapons found after WWII enthusiast stopped at LA airport |Aug 17, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Two guns were found inside a pickup truck after a driver was stopped at a checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport, but police say the man was released without charges.Airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon says the...

Dessert company awarded $720,000 in fight over ice cream |Aug 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts dessert company that accused its ice cream supplier of destroying its business by secretly altering the recipe has been awarded $720,000.The jury verdict came Friday in the legal battle between 600 lb Gorillas Inc....

Plant owner agrees to plead guilty after immigration raid |Aug 17, 2018

BEAN STATION, Tenn. (AP) The owner of a Tennessee meatpacking plant where a federal immigration raid took more than 90 people into custody has agreed to plead guilty to employing unauthorized immigrants.News outlets report James Brantley also...

Jury awards more than $242 million for Lexus seat defects |Aug 17, 2018

DALLAS (AP) A Texas jury has awarded more than $242 million to a Dallas-area family who sued Toyota over what they said were defective front seats in their Lexus sedan.Benjamin and Kristi Reavis alleged defects caused their front seat backs in...

Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell dies |Aug 17, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa farmer and soldier turned politician who served 16 years in Congress, has died. He was 84.The Democrat and former state Senate president, died at a Des Moines hospital on Friday...

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads |Aug 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said in an administrative complaint...

New England shrimp population still looks bad amid shutdown |Aug 17, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A new analysis of New England's shrimp population doesn't bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans.The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as...

CU Boulder to allow stadium-wide alcohol sales again |Aug 17, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The University of Colorado Boulder has announced it will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at its Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades.The Daily Camera reports CU stopped alcohol sales at...

How major US stock indexes fared Friday |Aug 17, 2018

U.S. stocks rose late in the day Friday as investors hoped the U.S. and China are making more progress in trade talks. The Wall Street Journal reported that the countries hope to resolve their dispute by November.On Friday:The S&P 500 index rose...

News outlets challenge Maryland online ad law |Aug 17, 2018

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) News outlets filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging a Maryland law meant to fight foreign meddling in online political advertising because they say it creates unfair burdens on media sites that publish such ads.The...

Restaurant cites worldwide freakout over its french fries |Aug 17, 2018

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) A Maine restaurant says news about the anger surrounding a change in its french fries has reached people all over the world.Bolley's Famous Franks co-owner Leslie Parsons tells the Kennebec Journal a newspaper in China...

Tesla shares drop 6 percent after reports of widening SEC probe and amid questions of CEO Musk's ability to run company |Aug 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Tesla shares drop 6 percent after reports of widening SEC probe and amid questions of CEO Musk's ability to run company .

Judge denies bid to block Squaw Valley ski resort project |Aug 17, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) Environmentalists have lost their latest legal bid to block a major redevelopment project at a Lake Tahoe-area ski resort that hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.Placer County Superior Court Judge Michael W. Jones rejected Sierra...

No clean-up of nuclear leak in South Carolina for years |Aug 17, 2018

HOPKINS, S.C. (AP) Federal regulators say Westinghouse Electric Co. has no plans to clean a plume of uranium under its nuclear fuel factory despite evidence it could reach South Carolina's water supply.Instead, Westinghouse wants a new 40-year...

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store |Aug 17, 2018

iTunes charts for week ending August 16, 2018Top Songs1. In My Feelings, Drake2. I Like It, Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J Balvin3. Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B), Maroon 54. Barbie Dreams, Nicki Minaj5. Better Now, Post Malone6. Youngblood, 5 Seconds of...

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order |Aug 17, 2018

A privacy group says in a letter to Federal Trade Commission that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week.The Electronic Privacy Information Center says in the letter...

Trump asks SEC to look into practicality of corp. reports |Aug 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) President Donald Trump says he's asking federal regulators to look into the effectiveness of the quarterly financial reports that publicly traded companies are required to file.In a tweet early Friday, Trump said that after...

Raiders' boss wants to hold future summer camps in Reno |Aug 17, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) Oakland Raiders President Marc Badain says he wants to bring the team's summer camp to Reno when it moves to Las Vegas before the 2020 NFL season.Badain toured potential training sites Thursday at the University of Nevada, Reno...

US Steel to invest $750M in Gary Works plant in Indiana |Aug 17, 2018

GARY, Ind. (AP) U.S. Steel plans to spend at least $750 million to upgrade a century-old steel mill along northwestern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline.Company and government officials said Thursday that the project will help preserve Gary...

Railcar manufacturing plant to close in Illinois |Aug 17, 2018

ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) A railcar manufacturing plant in northern Illinois is set to close as the factory building goes up for auction.Nippon Sharyo announced Thursday that it would be closing its Rochelle plant at the end of this month after a...

Sales director for Backpage.com pleads guilty to conspiracy |Aug 17, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) The sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from...

NASA: Fireball over Southeast traveled at 53,700 mph |Aug 17, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) NASA says a fireball that streaked across the Southeastern sky was traveling about 53,700 mph (86,400 kph) when it lit up the night over Alabama.The Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center says...

Current Miss America: Leadership bullied, silenced me |Aug 17, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership including chairwoman Gretchen Carlson.In a letter sent Friday to former Miss Americas, Cara Mund says she...

Nia Wilson's family takes first legal action against BART |Aug 17, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The family of a woman who was fatally stabbed at an Oakland train station is taking the first legal step toward suing the Northern California public transit system.Attorney Robert Arns said his law firm delivered a legal...

Vegas victims' attorneys criticize MGM's legal maneuver |Aug 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) Attorneys for a group of victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting harshly criticized MGM Resorts International this week over its legal maneuver seeking to consolidate multiple lawsuits stemming from the massacre.The victims'...

Trump seeks corporate lawyer for US attorney in California |Aug 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) President Donald Trump plans to nominate a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at a major corporate law firm to the position of U.S. attorney in Northern California, the White House announced on Thursday.David...

Accuray: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot |Aug 16, 2018

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) _ Accuray Inc. (ARAY) on Thursday reported a loss of $946,000 in its fiscal fourth quarter.On a per-share basis, the Sunnyvale, California-based company said it had a loss of 1 cent.The radiation oncology company posted...

Germany's Bayer says it can start integrating Monsanto |Aug 16, 2018

BERLIN (AP) German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG says it can now start integrating U.S. seed and weed-killer maker Monsanto Co. after completing the required sale of some of its crop science business.Bayer became Monsanto's sole owner in June...

In reversal, Ball State removes name of Papa John's founder |Aug 16, 2018

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Ball State University's trustees have voted to remove the name of alumnus and Papa John's founder John Schnatter from a business institute because of his use of a racial slur.The board voted 8-1 Thursday to remove the name...

Tesla files lawsuit against Ontario government |Aug 16, 2018

TORONTO (AP) Electric car maker Tesla Motors is suing Ontario's new government, claiming it was treated unfairly in the cancellation of a program providing rebates to residents who bought electric vehicles.Tesla Motors Canada said in court...

Can Twitter change its 'core' and remain Twitter? |Aug 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) After long resisting change, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to revamp the "core" of the service to fight rampant abuse and misinformation. But it's not clear if changing that essence how it rewards interactions and values...

Company blames hacker after jobseeker told name is 'ghetto' |Aug 16, 2018

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) A suburban St. Louis clinic that treats men with low testosterone is blaming a hacker after a jobseeker was told her name was too "ghetto." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the situation gained...

Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline |Aug 16, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further...

Georgia company sues R. Kelly over damage to rental homes |Aug 16, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East...

California bill to create state-backed pot bank stalls |Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California lawmakers killed a plan Thursday to create a state-backed banking system for the recreational marijuana market, meaning the industry must keep operating in cash for now.Most banks refuse to do business with...

Tesla files lawsuit against Ontario government |Aug 16, 2018

TORONTO (AP) Electric car maker Tesla Motors is suing Ontario's new government, claiming it was treated unfairly in the cancellation of a program providing rebates to residents who bought electric vehicles.Tesla Motors Canada said in court...

Chipotle to retrain workers after Ohio illnesses |Aug 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Chipotle says it will retrain all restaurant employees on food safety procedures after Ohio heath officials said tests tied to one store came back positive for an illness that occurs when food is left at unsafe temperatures.The...

Disney puts luxury hotel plan on hold in feud with Anaheim |Aug 16, 2018

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Walt Disney Co. has put a hold on construction plans for a luxury hotel in the Disneyland Resort's shopping district, citing a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies.The Los Angeles Times reports a letter dated...

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday |Aug 16, 2018

U.S. stocks jumped Thursday as China and the U.S. said they will hold their first trade discussions in months, a potential sign of progress toward ending their trade war.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index advanced 22.32 points, or 0.8 percent, to...

US authorities seize fake luxury goods shipped from China |Aug 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Federal homeland security agents seized a large haul of counterfeit luxury handbags, wallets and belts smuggled through ports in the New York-city area and Los Angeles, officials said Thursday.U.S. Homeland Security Investigations...

Nvidia: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot |Aug 16, 2018

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $1.1 billion.The Santa Clara, California-based company said it had net income of $1.76 per share. Earnings, adjusted for stock option expense and...

Applied Materials: Fiscal 3Q Earnings Snapshot |Aug 16, 2018

SANTACLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT) on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $1.17 billion.On a per-share basis, the Santaclara, California-based company said it had profit of $1.17. Earnings, adjusted for...

California lawmakers kill state-backed bank for pot money |Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California lawmakers have killed a plan to create a state-backed bank to handle money associated with the recreational marijuana market.California's legal recreational pot industry is the world's largest.Most banks,...

The Latest: Bills to discourage shootings by police advance |Aug 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):5:40 p.m.California lawmakers are advancing two bills designed to discourage shootings by police.Senators on Thursday kept alive legislation that would...

Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling |Aug 16, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The Trump administration is aiming to open millions of acres (hectares) of Alaska Arctic land for drilling that was protected under the Obama administration.The U.S. Department of the Interior began talks with state...

Elon Musk proposes Los Angeles tunnel to Dodger Stadium |Aug 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles if Elon Musk's latest bold plan comes to fruition.The billionaire's Boring Company tweeted...

Feds: Atlanta corruption probe could yield more indictments |Aug 15, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) After a top aide to former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed pleaded guilty to a bribery charge Wednesday, the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta said he's expanding a corruption investigation that's already charged several high-ranking...

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer |Aug 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto's Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the...

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling |Aug 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Congressman Kevin McCarthy says his home state of California is out of touch with voters on everything from the gas tax increase to long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles.McCarthy criticized California and...

Ford to spend roughly $740M on Detroit redevelopment plans |Aug 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Ford Motor Co. plans to spend roughly $740 million renovating Detroit's long vacant train depot and redeveloping other area properties for research and development of self-driving vehicles .The Dearborn-based company in June used...