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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon arrival at White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, from a trip to Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 09, 2018 - 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump announced he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of...
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New Google Pixel 3 smartphones are displayed in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Google introduced two new smartphones in its relentless push to increase the usage of its digital services and promote its Android software that already powers most of the mobile devices in the world.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
October 09, 2018 - 4:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Google's new Pixel phones mirror an industry trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures. The third generation of Pixel phones unveiled Tuesday at an event in New York features screens that span from one edge to another. It's the first time...
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FILE - In this July 14, 1997, file photo, San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos poses in front of the Spanos Park development in Stockton, Calif. Alex Spanos, who used his fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. He was 95. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
October 09, 2018 - 1:51 pm
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Alex Spanos, the son of Greek immigrants who used a self-made fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984, died Tuesday. He was 95. The Chargers announced Spanos' death. Faye Spanos, his wife, died in August at 92. After building a nationwide...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 20, 2017 file photo, Britain's Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arrive for the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England. Buckingham Palace said Sunday Oct. 7, 2018 there will be military fanfare and red velvet cake when Princess Eugenie marries drinks-company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
October 07, 2018 - 6:57 am
LONDON (AP) — There will be military fanfare and red velvet cake when Princess Eugenie weds this week — Britain's second royal wedding of the year. The 28-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II is due to marry liquor company executive Jack Brooksbank on Friday in St. George's Chapel at...
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October 05, 2018 - 1:17 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation's largest mattress retailer, is filing for bankruptcy protection and plans to close up to 700 stores around the country. The Houston-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday in federal court in Delaware. According to court...
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FILE-In this Sept. 24, 2018 file photo an exhaust of a vehicle is pictured in Frankfurt, Germany. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 10:29 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is calling on automakers to pay for upgrades to diesel vehicles with excessively high emissions, as part of a deal to avert driving bans next year. A spokesman for the environment ministry said Friday that the government "can't tolerate this refusal" by German...
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October 05, 2018 - 3:26 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Anglo-Dutch consumer goods multinational Unilever, whose brands include Knorr and Dove, has scrapped a plan to consolidate its headquarters in the Netherlands following opposition from British shareholders. The company, which has head offices in both Rotterdam and...
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October 05, 2018 - 2:25 am
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles in Japan and elsewhere for problems with stalling. The company said Friday that in rare cases the vehicles might fail to enter a "failsafe" driving mode, lose power and stall. Power steering and braking...
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October 04, 2018 - 2:08 pm
TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona company has recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Thursday. An investigation traced products including ground beef and...
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Saturnina Plasencia, 43, sits for a portrait during an interview at her home in New York on Monday Oct. 1, 2018. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the single mother of three endured sustained sexual harassment by her general manager, who insisted she date him and decreased her working hours in retaliation because she spurned him. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
October 04, 2018 - 9:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville's country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they've now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that...
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