Consumer products and services

October 14, 2019 - 6:04 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank 6.3% from a year earlier in September, putting the market on track to shrink for a second straight year at a time when brands are spending heavily to meet government targets to develop electric cars. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, an...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Ryan Parker, two pigs consume discarded milk at Nights And Weekends Homestead in Newport, Maine. The state of Maine has recently clarified rules about giving food waste to pig farms. (Photo courtesy Ryan Parker)
October 13, 2019 - 10:34 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...
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October 11, 2019 - 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a popular independent bookstore in California will soon be CEO of the American Booksellers Association. The trade group announced Friday that Allison K. Hill will succeed Oren Teicher, who earlier this year said he was stepping down. Hill, currently president and CEO of...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan cheese wheels are stored in Noceto, near Parma, Italy. U.S. consumers are snapping up Italian Parmesan cheese ahead of an increase in tariffs to take effect next week. The agricultural lobby Coldiretti on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, said sales of both Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano, aged cheeses defined by their territory of origin, have skyrocketed by 220% since the higher tariffs were announced one week ago. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
October 11, 2019 - 12:20 pm
MILAN (AP) — U.S. consumers who appreciate the tang of aged Italian Parmesan cheese as an aperitif or atop their favorite pasta dish are stocking up ahead of next week's tariff hike and as dairy producers in the two countries square off. The Italian agricultural lobby Coldiretti said Friday that...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019 file photo, Thierry Bollore, Renault Chief Executive Officer, speaks during the presentation of the new Renault Clio as part of the press day at the '89th Geneva International Motor Show' in Geneva, Switzerland. French carmaker Renault has dismissed its chief executive officer, overhauling its leadership once again after the jailing of its previous chairman and CEO. The decision by the board on Friday Oct. 11, 2019, to dismiss Thierry Bollore was effective immediately. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP, File)
October 11, 2019 - 6:23 am
PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault dismissed its chief executive officer on Friday, overhauling its leadership once again after the jailing of its previous chairman and CEO. It came days after Nissan, with which Renault shares a deep alliance, named a new CEO, indicating the two companies were...
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Yolanda Jacobs, a United Auto Workers member, walks the picket line at the General Motors Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against GM, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 10, 2019 - 11:19 pm
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has stepped into contract talks with striking auto workers, asking the union to wrap up outstanding issues and respond to a company offer made this week. But in a letter to GM's top bargainer Thursday, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry...
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A display of the app "HKmap.live" designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store is seen in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements. HKmap.live, designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store, "facilitates illegal behavior," People's Daily said in a commentary. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 10, 2019 - 6:59 am
HONG KONG (AP) — For people in Hong Kong angry over tactics used by the police to break up anti-government protests, the HKmap.live app was a handy little tool. With real-time updates showing police movements, it helps steer users away from possible baton charges, volleys of tear gas and police ID...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo, striking General Motors worker Mike Armentrout stands on the picket line outside a transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio. Workers say they are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. (AP Photo/John Seewer)
October 10, 2019 - 12:17 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They're scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time jobs while...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file image made from video shows bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel that will replace smaller bottles of them by 2021, filmed at Marriott's headquarters in Bethesda, Md. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner or soap that is set to take effect starting in 2023. The law follows similar actions by some of the world’s largest hotel chains. (AP Photo/Dan Huff, File)
October 10, 2019 - 12:14 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hotels in the nation's most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 09, 2019 - 9:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it's already been able to restore service to about 44,000 customers after it cut power to a million people because of high winds that create a high fire danger. Company...
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