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    A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some

    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...

    By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press|

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    Today in History

    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...

    By The Associated Press|

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    Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft

    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...

    By David Ginsburg, AP Sports Writer|

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    Illinois prison agency rescinds nurse layoffs to still talk

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 (AP) The Illinois Department of Corrections has withdrawn its plan to lay off 124 nurses while continuing to negotiate with the state employees' union.Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said Thursday the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

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    Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

    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...

    By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press|

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    Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit

    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...

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    Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies

    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...

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    New York bus terminal project shifts focus to existing site

    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...

    By David Porter, Associated Press|

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    How a proposed soda tax in Santa Fe would affect consumers

    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,...

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    Feds: Tribe-owned online lenders collected on invalid debts

    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...

    By Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer|

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