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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a news conference with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin in South Amboy. Murphy signed a bill Tuesday, June 11, requiring most of the state’s hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to quickly summon help in an emergency. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)
June 11, 2019 - 10:26 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that he and others said is the nation's first requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly in an emergency. The Democratic governor and several nationwide...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, greets guest during the announcement of the World Food Prize Laureate at the State Department, Monday, June 10, 2019. Simon N. Groot of the Netherlands, founder of East-West Seed, will receive the 2019 World Food Prize. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 10, 2019 - 12:14 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A seed developer from the Netherlands credited with introducing high quality disease-resistant vegetable seeds to more than 60 countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia was awarded the 2019 World Food Prize on Monday. Simon Groot, a sixth generation...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo a mannequin wears a red dress inside the Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship midtown Manhattan store in New York. A group of shareholders of Saks Fifth Avenue's parent is making an offer to take the struggling department store chain private. The offer was announced Monday, June 10. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 10, 2019 - 11:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of shareholders of Saks Fifth Avenue's parent is making an offer to take the struggling department store chain private. The offer, announced Monday, is being led by Hudson's Bay Executive Chairman Richard Baker, Rhone Capital LLC, WeWork Property Advisors, Hanover Investment...
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June 10, 2019 - 6:05 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A historically black college in Tennessee is planning to research the impact of electronic cigarettes and vaping with a grant from vaping device maker JUUL Labs. Meharry Medical College in Nashville says that it and JUUL Labs have structured the $7.5 million grant in ways...
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June 09, 2019 - 5:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — Lawyers for former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn say they're surprised the French automaker's board has launched legal proceedings against Ghosn. Renault said last week that an internal audit with its partner Nissan found $12.5 million in questionable personal expenses allegedly linked to...
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The cruise liner Norwegian Epic at port in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday June 9, 2019, after a search for a missing Korean passenger in the Mediterranean Sea was called off. The Norwegian cruise operator said Sunday in a Tweet statement that a Korean woman passenger went overboard Saturday during a voyage in the Mediterranean Sea and a search has been called off without her being found. (ATLAS via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 5:32 pm
MADRID (AP) — A cruise ship passenger went overboard during a voyage in the Mediterranean Sea and a search for the missing Korean woman was called off without her being found, the cruise operator said Sunday.. Norwegian Cruise Line tweeted a photographed statement that said the woman went into the...
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France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire listens to a question during a press conference at the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool Photo via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 7:24 am
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) — France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, says the French government's priority as a shareholder in automaker Renault SA is to fortify its alliance with Nissan. Le Maire told reporters during a news conference Sunday after a meeting in Japan of the Group of 20 major economies...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, workers produce vehicles at Volkswagen's U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if a vote to unionize Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga passes. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)
June 07, 2019 - 3:45 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize, and they are following a blueprint that helped GOP officials sink a similar vote five years ago. Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga voted 712-...
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FILE - This Aug. 31, 2017 file photo, shows a Barnes and Noble Booksellers store in Pittsburgh. The beleaguered bookseller is being sold to Elliott Management Corp. in a $476 million deal. Elliott will pay $6.50 per share. That’s an approximately 9% percent premium to the company’s Thursday closing price of $5.96. The transaction is valued at about $683 million, including debt. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
June 07, 2019 - 2:09 pm
Barnes & Noble is being acquired by a hedge fund for $476 million and will be taken private. The national chain that many blamed for the demise of independent bookstores has been ravaged by Amazon.com and other online sellers, but remains a critical outlet for publishers. On Friday, it was...
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June 07, 2019 - 1:31 pm
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have launched an investigation into an alleged fraud scheme involving French and Polish companies suspected of providing minced meat of extremely poor quality to charities. France's anti-fraud agency said Friday that the French company that sold 1,500 tons of frozen...
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