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Handful of U.S. states are poised to legalize sports betting

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 ...

Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores. The department store chain said Tuesday that it will accept Amazon returns at all its 1,150 stores starting in July, expanding its nearly two-year test of the service from 100 ...

Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged

NEW YORK (AP) — The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn’t have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn’t within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500. Even his $1.5 million paycheck was a paltry sum ...

Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Tesla plans to cut its board of directors from 11 to seven in a move the electric-car maker says will allow the board to act more nimbly and efficiently. Tesla says the four directors who will depart aren’t leaving because of any disagreement with the ...

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership of Facebook over the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information. Discussions between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ...

Town & Country Market kicks off May 1 in Flushing

FLUSHING — The Town and Country Outdoor Market at Sunni Rae’s is slated to kick off its season starting May 1. Sunni Rae Scott, owner of Sunni Rae’s, which is an antiques and collectibles shop in Flushing, said the market includes vendors selling various wares, baked good, vegetables, ...

Ancestry pulls slavery-era ad after backlash

NEW YORK (AP) — Ancestry.com on Friday apologized for an ad that showed a mixed-race couple discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era. The ad drew widespread criticism on social media for whitewashing slavery, prompting the DNA testing company to remove it from TV and its ...

Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere — zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road. And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared ...

Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such infrastructure. He issued a new permit for Keystone XL and insisted this exercise of presidential ...

Uber reveals strong growth, huge losses ahead of IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is providing a look under the hood of its business in the lead-up to its hotly anticipated debut on the stock market, revealing strong growth but still struggling to overcome huge losses. Documents released Thursday offered the most detailed view of the world’s ...

Amazon’s growing ties to oil industry irks some employees

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is getting cozy with the oil industry — and some employees aren’t happy about it. The online shopping giant, which already works with BP and Shell, has been trying to woo more oil and gas companies to use its technology to help them find drillable oil faster, ...

Border chaos forces truckers to wait hours, sometimes days

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — To deal with a surge of migrating Central American families, the Trump administration has reassigned so many inspectors from U.S.-Mexico border crossings that truckers are waiting in line for hours and sometimes days to get shipments to the United ...

Berlin housing activists lead campaign to fight rising rents

BERLIN (AP) — Affordable housing advocates in Berlin launched a grassroots campaign Saturday to force the city’s government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to curb rising rents in one of Germany’s hottest real estate markets. The fight ...

MPAA chief says Netflix addition makes organization stronger

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Charles Rivkin says Netflix’s addition to the group makes the entertainment industry stronger. Rivkin’s remarks are a stark contrast to how the streaming giant is usually referenced at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of ...

Scammers find traction on Facebook

Hundreds of ads on Facebook promised U.S. homeowners that they were eligible for huge state tax breaks if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one catch: None of it was true. The scam ads used photos of nearly every U.S. governor — and sometimes President Donald Trump — ...

Hyundai finds new engine problem and prompting another recall

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai has found a new problem that can cause its car engines to fail or catch fire, issuing yet another recall to fix problems that have affected more than 6 million vehicles during the past 3 ¢ years. The Korean automaker, under pressure from safety regulators, is ...

Governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A law that Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state’s Democratic attorney ...

Wells Fargo CEO Sloan steps down after rocky tenure

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo’s CEO Tim Sloan stepped down Thursday, saying he’d become too much of a political target after a rocky tenure during which the deeply troubled bank dealt with a seemingly unending wave of scandals. Sloan said in a statement he will give up his roles as CEO ...

Italy, China sign accord deepening economic ties

ROME (AP) — Italy signed a memorandum of understanding with China on Saturday supporting Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond. With the move, Italy becomes the first member ...

Apple Watch may spot heart problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat at least sometimes — but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps. More than 419,000 Apple Watch users signed up for the ...