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Emergency personnel respond to utility pole explosions where multiple people were injured at the Old World Village on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Huntington Beach, Calif. "It was just like one giant fireball that went up" Megan Houck, 26, of Long Beach, Calif., said after an explosion occurred at the shopping and dining complex. (Emily Rasmussen/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)
October 06, 2019 - 5:18 pm
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on explosions at an Oktoberfest festival in Southern California (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The owner of a restaurant had evacuated a dining area about 40 minutes before a series of electrical vault explosions injured him and four others during an...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 05, 2019 - 11:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes. That promise led U.S. regulators to take a hands-off approach to e-cigarette makers,...
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Wheels of parmesan cheese are on sale with spirits in a deli in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The U.S. had prepared for Wednesday's ruling and already drawn up lists of the dozens of goods it would put tariffs on. They include EU cheeses, olives, and whiskey, as well as planes, helicopters and aircraft parts in the case _ though the decision is likely to require fine-tuning of that list if the Trump administration agrees to go for the tariffs. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 04, 2019 - 1:35 pm
CÓRDOBA, Spain (AP) — Olives are harvested the old-fashioned way on Juan Luque's farm in southern Spain, as men thrash the gnarly tree limbs with poles, raining the small green fruit into the motorized collector waiting underneath. But for Luque and thousands of other farmers scattered across...
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In this Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 photo released by Northwest Metro Drug Task Force/Minnesota Departments of Public Safety shows "Dank" packaging, part of the 75,000 THC vaping cartridges seized in a record drug bust in Anoka County, Minn. Dank, a shadowy but widely sold illegal marijuana vape is drawing the attention of investigators looking into a rash of mysterious lung illnesses around the U.S. Investigators haven't identified a culprit in the outbreak but say many patients have mentioned using Dank vapes. (Northwest Metro Drug Task Force/Minnesota Departments of Public Safety via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 1:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a widely known vaping cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it's not a licensed brand. And it's got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want. The vaping cartridges that go by the catchy, one-syllable name "Dank" — a slang word for highly potent cannabis —...
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FILE - This Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, shows the logo of Samsung Electronics Co. at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung said in an emailed statement Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, that it "has arrived at the difficult decision to cease operations of Samsung Electronics Huizhou" in China in late September. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
October 04, 2019 - 4:30 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Friday it has ended the production of smartphones in its last factory in China. Production at the factory in southern China’s Huizhou ended last month, the company said in an email Friday. It said it made “the difficult decision to cease operations...
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October 03, 2019 - 8:45 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Schnuck Markets Inc., one of the Midwest’s largest grocery store chains, will stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products as of Jan. 1. Suburban St. Louis-based Schnucks announced the move Thursday. Schnucks is the largest grocer in the St. Louis area and...
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October 03, 2019 - 8:43 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — HP Inc.’s new CEO has unveiled the company’s latest plan to streamline its operations — one that envisions cutting its workforce by as much as 16% over the next three years. The personal computer and printer maker says it expects to drop 7,000 to 9,000 people from its global...
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Italian ham is put on display in a deli in Rome, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The U.S. had prepared for Wednesday's ruling and already drawn up lists of the dozens of goods it would put tariffs on. They include EU cheeses, olives, and whiskey, as well as planes, helicopters and aircraft parts in the case _ though the decision is likely to require fine-tuning of that list if the Trump administration agrees to go for the tariffs. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 03, 2019 - 2:24 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The trade wars threatening to push the global economy into recession are entering a new phase, with the United States and European Union escalating a dispute that endangers the world’s biggest trade relationship. After the Trump administration slapped steep tariffs on $7.5 billion...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo shoppers make their way through the toy isles at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, announced on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, that it is forecasting that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
October 03, 2019 - 12:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. The holiday sales forecast, announced Thursday, marks an increase from the...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2019 file photo, protesters with Stand.earth hold a banner in opposition to Carnival Corp. outside of federal court, in Miami. Top Carnival Corp. executives are due back in court to explain what the world's largest cruise line is doing to reduce ocean pollution. A hearing is set Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Miami federal court for an update on what steps Carnival is taking. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
October 02, 2019 - 1:55 am
MIAMI (AP) — Top Carnival Corp. executives are due back in court to explain what the world's largest cruise line is doing to reduce ocean pollution. A hearing is set Wednesday in Miami federal court for an update on what steps Carnival is taking. Chairman Micky Arison, who also owns the Miami Heat...
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