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A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some |Apr 28, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies...

Today in History |Apr 27, 2017

Today in HistoryToday is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017. There are 247 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be...

Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft |Apr 27, 2017

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) T.J. Owuanibe got his wish: The 14-year-old shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick.The eighth grader at McDonogh School in Baltimore was diagnosed two...

Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually.The U.S. has high corporate taxes compared with other developed countries. That means companies that make most of their money...

Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit |Apr 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The executive running Uber's self-driving car division is stepping aside while the company defends itself against charges that he provided the project with technology stolen from a Google spinoff.Anthony Levandowski, an...

How the AP-NORC poll of teens was conducted |Apr 27, 2017

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on teens and social media was conducted by NORC Dec. 7-31, 2016. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 790 teenagers whose parents are members of NORC's nationally...

Insurance agent pleads guilty in $8.2M promissory note scam |Apr 27, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) An insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday in a promissory note scam that bilked nearly 80 clients out of $8.2 million.John Hogan, 77, of Swissvale, entered his pleas to five counts of mail fraud in the scheme run out of his...

Correction: Shenandoah River-Pollution story |Apr 27, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) In a story April 26 about a report on pollution in the Shenandoah River, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has 3,500 farmer members. The organization says it has approximately...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar |Apr 27, 2017

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue...

Oil company finds hidden trove of oil in Gulf of Mexico |Apr 27, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) British oil company BP has discovered 200 million barrels of oil in a hidden cache in the Gulf of Mexico thanks to advanced imaging of geological formations.The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2oA0ouk ) reported the oil reserve...

Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies |Apr 27, 2017

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store.Timothy Knutsen of St. Paul is charged with two misdemeanor counts of...

WTC escalator steps buckle, 2 men suffer minor injuries |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) An escalator malfunctioned at New York's World Trade Center Transportation Hub and officials say two men sustained minor injuries.Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says several stair treads on the escalator buckled at about 7...

AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But a new poll finds that the majority of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media, the bulk of them even voluntarily.Reasons include social media...

2 workers injured at Facebook building construction site |Apr 27, 2017

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) Authorities say work has halted at a Facebook building under construction in California after an equipment failure caused part of the structure to collapse, injuring two workers.KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/2oPJ6FJ ) that...

Kentucky doctor dragged off United flight in Chicago reaches settlement with airline for undisclosed amount |Apr 27, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Kentucky doctor dragged off United flight in Chicago reaches settlement with airline for undisclosed amount.

How investors can sabotage their portfolio returns |Apr 27, 2017

The stock market has raced to record highs this year, but your portfolio may not show it.In some ways, that's to be expected: A balanced portfolio won't post the same returns as the Dow Jones industrial average or the Standard & Poor's 500, nor...

Ex-NFL star's estate currently worthless, home to be sold |Apr 27, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Court records show the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez currently has a dollar value of zero.The former New England Patriots tight end took his own life last week in prison.The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/2pq10St )...

As Trump calls for wall, a look at the world's barriers |Apr 27, 2017

As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S....

Facing deadline, most Wisconsin dairy farms find new buyer |Apr 27, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A dairy group says most of Wisconsin's 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them.The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative said in a news release Thursday the group...

Man removed from flight for using bathroom before takeoff |Apr 27, 2017

MILWAUKEE (AP) A Wisconsin man was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after using the bathroom against crew instructions shortly before takeoff.Kima Hamilton says he urgently needed to use the bathroom April 18 while on a Milwaukee-bound...

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights |Apr 27, 2017

Southwest Airlines says it plans to stop overbooking flights an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.Last year Southwest bumped 15,000...

Illinois prison agency rescinds nurse layoffs to still talk |Apr 27, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The Illinois Department of Corrections has withdrawn its plan to lay off 124 nurses while continuing to negotiate with the state employees' union.Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said Thursday the department had...

Medical marijuana advocates say Iowa program too limited |Apr 27, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A medical marijuana oil program approved by the Iowa Legislature might not offer much help to patients with qualifying medical conditions, but advocates say it's at least a step in the right direction.The measure approved...

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor,...

The Latest: Beer stores near reservation may have to close |Apr 27, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) The Latest on state regulators' efforts to close four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, near the officially dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (all times local):___4:40 p.m.Four Nebraska beer stores that sell millions of...

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries |Apr 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a...

Long-term US mortgage rates rise for first time in 5 weeks |Apr 27, 2017

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks.Current avgLast week52-week high52-week low30-year fixed4.033.974.323.4115-year fixed3.273.233.552.725-year adjustable3.123.103.332.68

Toyota recalls 250K Tacoma pickups; rear wheels can lock up |Apr 27, 2017

DETROIT (AP) Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control.The recall covers certain Tacoma trucks from the 2016 and 2017...

Feds: Tribe-owned online lenders collected on invalid debts |Apr 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal regulators sued four online lenders for collecting consumer debts they weren't legally owed, an area that is a prime source of consumer complaints.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed the suit Thursday against...

Florida teacher accused of calling ag students 'murderers' |Apr 27, 2017

OCALA, Fla. (AP) A Florida teacher stands to lose his job after school officials said he bullied and harassed Future Farmers of America students who are raising livestock to be sold for slaughter.Middle school teacher Thomas Roger Allison Jr.,...

How a proposed soda tax in Santa Fe would affect consumers |Apr 27, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) Residents of Santa Fe, N.M., are considering a new tax on sugary sodas and other sweetened beverages to boost access to pre-kindergarten. The tax is being condemned by the soft drink industry as a burden on working families,...

500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1 |Apr 27, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Five hundred Rhode Island residents have received duplicate tax refund checks totaling $364,000.A state official says human error is to blame.The checks were sent in a group of refunds mailed Friday. The checks people...

South Dakota man claims he found mouse in Coca-Cola can |Apr 27, 2017

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) A South Dakota man who claims to have found a mouse in a can of soda is suing Coca-Cola Co., saying he missed 60 hours of work and accumulated $1,000 in medical bills after becoming ill.In court documents, attorneys for...

Markets Right Now: Energy stocks lead US indexes lower |Apr 27, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.Stock indexes were edging mostly lower in midday trading on Wall Street as declines in energy companies outweighed gains elsewhere.Earnings were a big focus for investors...

Exxon fined $20 million for emissions from Texas plant |Apr 27, 2017

BAYTOWN, Texas (AP) A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a refining and chemical complex east of Houston.U.S....

New York bus terminal project shifts focus to existing site |Apr 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A plan to replace the nation's busiest bus terminal has shifted focus to the facility's existing site in the heart of the city after a previous plan to move it a block west encountered strong resistance from lawmakers.Officials at...

Producer admits bilking investors with fake Broadway play |Apr 26, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A Broadway producer has admitted scamming his friends and others into investing more than $165,000 in a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle supposedly starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh...

Judge: Louisiana abortion law unconstitutional |Apr 26, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge has struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have permission to admit patients to a nearby hospital, citing a Supreme Court decision against a similar Texas law.U.S. District Judge...

Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales |Apr 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a drug company's fight to keep a generic version of its biotech drug off the market for an additional six months that would mean billions more in sales and higher costs to the public.The...

Judge could rule soon to let beer stores keep licenses |Apr 26, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A judge could rule soon on whether to let four Nebraska stores near a South Dakota Indian reservation keep selling alcohol while they appeal a state regulator's decision not to renew their liquor licenses.The stores sell...

Markets Right Now: US indexes close nearly unchanged |Apr 26, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:15 p.m.Stocks closed nearly unchanged as early gains evaporated following the White House's announcement about its tax policy proposals.Corporate earnings were also in focus...

Insurer Anthem hands feds deadline on crucial ACA subsidies |Apr 26, 2017

Health insurers are pressing President Donald Trump and Congress to guarantee a crucial customer subsidy for the Affordable Care Act's shaky insurance exchanges, and one of the biggest carriers has thrown in its participation as bargaining...

Cleveland OKs last chunk of financing to upgrade Cavs' arena |Apr 26, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland officials have committed the final chunk of financing for $140 million in upgrades planned at the Cavaliers' home arena.The makeover of Quicken Loans Arena would include more space for dining and gathering.The cost of...

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle |Apr 26, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.The cuts will trim ESPN's...

Court hears arguments for releasing 38 Studios records |Apr 26, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The fight over whether to release secret grand jury records in the criminal investigation into Rhode Island's $75 million deal with a video game company started by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling landed in a...

Officials: I-85 repairs in Atlanta to cost up to $16.6M |Apr 26, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) State officials have announced that rebuilding the collapsed section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta will cost up to $16.6 million.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/2oupcnv) that the Georgia Department of...

Amtrak accelerating Penn Station work, rail delays expected |Apr 26, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Amtrak says it is accelerating repair work at New York's Penn Station beginning next month, and warns of further delays for already beleaguered commuters.Amtrak announced Thursday it will begin replacing tracks and signals in May...

Reports of dog attacks interrupt Connecticut mail service |Apr 26, 2017

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) Some residents of a Connecticut neighborhood aren't receiving their mail at home anymore because a local dog is reportedly biting the mailmen.A notice obtained by WVIT-TV (http://bit.ly/2pgpnBX ) from a local post office...

Mother of inmate killed in prison fight sues elevator firms |Apr 26, 2017

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) The mother of an inmate who fell to his death while fighting with a guard at a Pennsylvania county prison has sued several elevator firms she claims are responsible.The lawsuit filed last week by Kia Bradford, of Colonia,...

California lawmakers consider dumping health insurers |Apr 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.The idea known as...