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Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into future |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals with new prototype vehicles.Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the...

Consumer watchdog considering repeal of payday lending rule |Jan 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has decided to reconsider a key set of rules enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders.The bureau, which came under control of the Trump...

Plea deals set for ex-Fiat Chrysler exec, wife of labor VP |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) A former Fiat Chrysler executive charged with looting a training center for blue-collar workers apparently has struck a plea deal with prosecutors.Records show a plea change hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 22 for Al Iacobelli...

NYC sets affordable homes record: 24,500 financed in 2017 |Jan 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) New York City created or preserved over 24,500 affordable homes last year, breaking a record for the nation's biggest city, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.The previous record was just over 23,100, in 1989.De Blasio, a...

Ohio businessman given deportation stay taken into custody |Jan 16, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) An Ohio businessman who has lived in the United States for 38 years and had been granted a temporary stay of deportation to his native Jordan was taken into custody Tuesday by federal immigration officials.Youngstown businessman...

New small cars unveiled at auto show but will anyone buy? |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Among the many shiny models vying for attention at Detroit's North American International Auto Show are the revamped Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte.But cars particularly small ones are having a tough time...

Alaska to fly to from Everett, Washington, to 8 cities |Jan 16, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) Alaska Airlines will begin offering nonstop flight service this fall from Paine Field airport in Everett, Washington, to eight Western cities.The Seattle-based airline said Tuesday the flights from Everett will go to Phoenix, Las...

Frozen steak brand achieves goal of verification on Twitter |Jan 16, 2018

READING, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania-based frozen sliced steak brand has achieved success in its months-long campaign to become verified on Twitter.Steak-umm, owned by Reading's Quaker Maid Meats, launched a campaign nearly four months ago to...

State attorneys general sue to block net-neutrality repeal |Jan 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules .These rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from...

Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opened to the press this week with one big question hanging in the air: How will autonomous vehicles change the industry?The answer is still unclear. In the meantime, automakers...

Nestle selling US candy business for $2.8 billion |Jan 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy's Ferrero for about $2.8 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as well as the sugary Nerds,...

Markets Right Now: Dow Jones industrials recede from 26,000 |Jan 16, 2018

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Losses by industrial and technology companies pulled stocks lower, erasing an early gain that sent the Dow Jones industrial average past 26,000 points for the first...

Investor to donate $75M to Johns Hopkins philosophy program |Jan 16, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) A wealthy investor who credits his success to studying philosophy in college has given $75 million to the philosophy department at Johns Hopkins University.Johns Hopkins announced the donation from William "Bill" Miller III in a...

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store |Jan 16, 2018

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending January 14, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. American Made2. It (2017)3. The Foreigner (2017)4. Dunkirk (2017)5. Battle of the Sexes6. Home Again (2017)7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle8. Megan Leavey9. The...

How major US stock indexes fared on Tuesday |Jan 16, 2018

U.S. stocks closed lower Tuesday, erasing an early gain that briefly sent the Dow Jones industrial average past 26,000 points for the first time.Losses by industrial and technology companies accounted for much of the slide. Energy stocks also...

Minnesota governor seeks to borrow $1.5B for construction |Jan 16, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton urged skeptical lawmakers Tuesday to borrow $1.5 billion to fund overdue improvements to college campuses, water infrastructure and various other public construction projects, a request nearly twice as...

California governor proposes reduced water project with just one tunnel |Jan 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) California governor proposes reduced water project with just one tunnel.

North Dakota oil output cut back to meet gas capture rules |Jan 16, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Fearing sanctions by the state, some North Dakota oil drillers have begun cutting output to control the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of crude production, industry and...

Correction: Dunkin Without The Donuts story |Jan 16, 2018

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) In a story Jan. 13 about a new Dunkin' Donuts store opening near Boston, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it would be the company's first location in the U.S. to be billed simply as Dunkin'. The chain says its...

New UVa center part of $200M microelectronics initiative |Jan 16, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A new, multimillion-dollar center at the University of Virginia will bring together researchers to eliminate a data bottleneck built into computer systems 70 years ago.The university announced in a release Monday that...

The Latest: Fiat Chrysler CEO says 3 new SUVs in the works |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The Latest on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (all times local):9:45 a.m.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says three new SUVs are in the works, including sporty versions from Alfa Romeo and Ferrari and a...

California governor proposes one-tunnel water plan |Jan 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Gov. Jerry Brown is paring down his troubled proposal for redoing California's north-south water system in hopes of launching the mega-project before he leaves office this year.The new plan calls for just one giant tunnel to...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com |Jan 16, 2018

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending January 12:Fiction1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, narrated by Jeff Woodman (Recorded Books)2. Island by Aldous Huxley, narrated by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)3. Artemis by Andy Weir, narrated by...

Arkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicide |Jan 16, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a...

Insurance bills look to address complaints about wildfires |Jan 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California lawmakers said Tuesday they're introducing a variety of bills to protect consumers who lose their homes in major disasters a response to complaints about insurance companies from people who lost their homes...

Citigroup says it will use raises to narrow pay gap |Jan 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Citigroup says it will slightly raise pay for women and minorities to close a gap with men and whites.The big bank said an internal survey showed women get 99 percent as much as men in similar jobs and minorities in the U.S. get...

Pipeline protester's elderly exploitation case dismissed |Jan 15, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Authorities have dropped a second charge against a Bismarck woman accused of abusing and exploiting her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.Authorities last week dismissed a...

Zeta-Jones says Michael Douglas is a 'Me Too' supporter |Jan 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Catherine Zeta-Jones says her husband, Michael Douglas, is "110 percent" in support of the movement against sexual harassment.Earlier this month, Douglas issued what he called a pre-emptive denial of allegations, yet to be...

Chinese automaker GAC on track to enter US late in 2019 |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Chinese automaker GAC Motor says it's on track to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of next year.Company officials made the statement Monday as they introduced two models at the Detroit auto show that likely will come to...

Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source |Jan 15, 2018

MILWAUKEE (AP) Floor sensors that track people's movements are providing insight into consumer habits for stores looking to gain ground on e-commerce giants like Amazon.Brick-and-mortar stores have lagged behind online retailers on data...

FAA investigates after storm snarled flights at NYC's JFK |Jan 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it is investigating the actions of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after a winter snowstorm caused major disruptions at Kennedy Airport earlier this month.Its probe is...

FCA's Marchionne says new CEO will be named this year |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he'll step down next year after leading the combined company since 2009.Marchionne, 65, told media at the Detroit auto show that FCA will release a business plan through 2022 around June....

Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom |Jan 15, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay.The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on...

Helicopter for utility work crashes into field, killing 2 |Jan 15, 2018

STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) A utility company helicopter has crashed into a snowy Ohio field, killing the two people on board.A witness reported the crash around midday Monday just south of the Ohio Turnpike in Wood County.The county sheriff's...

The Latest: China's GAC on track to enter US late in 2019 |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The Latest on the Detroit auto show (all times local):2:30 p.m.Chinese automaker GAC Motor says it's on track to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of next year.Company officials made the statement Monday as they...

CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images |Jan 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Pharmacy giant CVS said it will stop significant touchups of images used in its advertising for beauty products.The company said it has a responsibility to think about sending messages of unrealistic body images to girls and young...

Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand is giving the Cherokee compact SUV a major face-lift so it can better compete in one of the hottest parts of the U.S. automotive market.The 2019 Cherokee, unveiled Tuesday at the Detroit auto show, gets...

Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that's twice flirted for the top honor as a finalist.The 10th-generartion Accord edged out the Kia Stinger...

Wheelchair found after disappearing during Pats' playoff win |Jan 15, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) A wheelchair that a New England Patriots fan thought had been stolen from Gillette Stadium while she watched the team's playoff win over the Tennessee Titans has been found.Season ticket holder Cindy Morais, of...

New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors.For...

Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke |Jan 15, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The Trump administration's anti-marijuana move has some members of the president's voting base fuming.Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of...

United flight to Paris diverts for medical issue |Jan 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Paris is diverting after the crew reported a passenger with a medical issue.Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt said in a statement early Monday that...

Trump says program to protect 'Dreamers' is 'probably dead' |Jan 14, 2018

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump said Sunday that a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children is "probably dead," casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations just days before a...

Sheriff: Casino shuttle boat ablaze, all 50 passengers safe |Jan 14, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Florida authorities say a casino venture's shuttle boat caught fire and all 50 passengers safely made it to the nearby shore after a rescue operation in the Tampa Bay area.Port Richey Chief of Police Gerard DeCanio says all...

Brawny pickups, futuristic SUVs star at Detroit auto show |Jan 14, 2018

DETROIT (AP) It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.Fiat Chrysler...

The Latest: Ford to bring out 40 electrics, hybrids by 2022 |Jan 14, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The Latest on the Detroit auto show (all times local):4:30 p.m.Ford Motor Co. says it's doubling its investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and plans to introduce 40 by 2022.Among them: A hybrid version of the F-150 pickup...

Democrats in California governor's race say Trump is racist |Jan 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Candidates seeking to become California's next governor dueled Saturday over deep partisan differences, with Democrats and Republicans breaking sharply on issues from President Donald Trump to health care.The 90-minute forum at...

YouTube suspends star over suicide video, doesn't shut door |Jan 13, 2018

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said Saturday that doesn't mean it won't work with him in the future.The video service announced this week that it had pulled...

4 more arrested in connection with fish market child labor |Jan 13, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Four women charged in connection with a religious organization that police say forced children to work in North Carolina fish markets for little or no money have turned themselves in.The four turned themselves in...

Company, Idaho regulators at odds over battery storage plan |Jan 13, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging...