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Lucille Brien plays a video poker machine at the Monte Bar and Casino in Billings, Montana, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Montana, Iowa and Indiana are poised to be the first states to legalize sports betting this year, almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended Nevada's monopoly. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
April 23, 2019 - 5:59 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The number of states allowing sports betting is poised to expand. Governors in Montana and Iowa are considering measures that would allow residents to wager on sports, while Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to approve their own version as early as Wednesday. Barring a veto, they...
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FILE- In this June 25, 2018, file photo shows a Walgreens store in Peoria, Ariz. Walgreens said Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2019, that it has decided to raise its minimum age for tobacco sales several weeks after a top federal official chastised the drugstore chain for violating laws restricting access to cigarettes and other products. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
April 23, 2019 - 2:20 pm
Walgreens has decided to raise its minimum age for tobacco sales several weeks after a top federal official chastised the drugstore chain for violating laws restricting access to cigarettes and other tobacco products. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. said Tuesday that it will...
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April 22, 2019 - 2:36 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wegmans will eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags at its New York state stores by year's end — just before a state ban on the packing takes effect, the grocery store chain announced Monday. The Rochester, New York-based grocery chain also said it will work to reduce the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2019, file photo, a striking worker walks outside a Stop & Shop supermarket in Revere, Mass. Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials said Sunday, April 21 they've reached a tentative contract agreement. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
April 21, 2019 - 9:09 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday that includes wage increases for all associates and maintains health coverage, according to news releases from both parties. The company said the agreement ends employee strikes...
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In this April 9, 2019, photo, Argus Leader investigative reporter Jonathan Ellis and news director Cory Myers in the newsroom in Sioux Falls, S.D. In 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper came up with the idea of requesting data about the government’s food assistance program. They thought the information about the $65-billion dollar-a year program, previously known as food stamps, could lead to a series of stories and help them identify possible fraud. But the government didn’t provide everything the paper wanted. Trying to get the data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed the case at the Supreme Court. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)
April 20, 2019 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo a bud tender displays a jar of cannabis at the High Times 420 SoCal Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, Calif. Businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry are using April 20, or “420,” to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at connecting with marijuana enthusiasts. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
April 19, 2019 - 8:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But...
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In this Thursday, April 18, 2019, photo provided by Toyota Motor Corporation, from left, Denso Corp. Executive Vice President Hiroyuki Wakabayashi, Head of Uber ATG Eric Meyhofer, CEO of Uber Technologies, Inc. Dara Khosrowshahi, Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama and Managing Partner of Softbank Vision Fund Ervin Tu attend a press conference at Uber headquarters in San Francisco. Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. (Toyota Motor Corporation via AP)
April 19, 2019 - 1:02 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Walmart associate Alicia Carter fulfills online grocery orders at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Amazon and Walmart on Thursday, April 18, 2019, are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 18, 2019 - 6:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time. ShopRite will join the two retailers on the program early next week,...
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This Tuesday, April 16, 2019, photo shows Aloha Poke Shop, a store in Honolulu that received a letter from Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. saying the Illinois company had trademarked "Aloha Poke" and the Hawaii company would need to change its name. Hawaii lawmakers are considering adopting a resolution calling for the creation of legal protections for Native Hawaiian cultural intellectual property. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
April 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo visitors to Story walk through the shop now located at Macy's in New York. On Thursday, April 18, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for March. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 18, 2019 - 8:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped. The Commerce Department says that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017. The gains...
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