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U.S. and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war. “We’re close to a deal,’’ said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s ...

Airport van service SuperShuttle going out of business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — SuperShuttle, the shared van service that has carried passengers to and from airports across the U.S. and in Latin America, Canada, Europe and Asia, is going out of business, according to a newspaper report Thursday. A letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times from the ...

San Francisco aims to rein in tests of tech ideas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public. Supporters of the legislation, which the ...

Facebook rebuffs U.S. AG over access to encrypted messages

Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable ...

Protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one ...

Report on Uber crash questions testing of self-driving cars

DETROIT (AP) — Documents released this week by a federal agency raise questions about whether a self-driving Uber SUV that ran down a pedestrian last year should have been allowed on public roads for test purposes. A National Transportation Safety Board report on the March 18, 2018 crash in ...

Gap CEO steps down amid slumping sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap’s board announced that CEO Art Peck is stepping down as the company continues to struggle to turn around a long-standing sales slump. The San Francisco-based retailer also said late Thursday that it cut its earnings outlook for the year as sales at the Gap, Banana ...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural water district that had employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lawyer and lobbyist. Environmental groups and a California Democratic lawmaker ...

Buffalo Wild Wings CEO meets to discuss racial incident

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The president of Buffalo Wild Wings met with officials of a Chicago suburb where customers of a restaurant were asked to move to different tables because a patron didn’t want to be seated near black people. Company president Lyle Tick met Tuesday with Naperville ...

Airbnb to verify all 7 million properties

(AP) – Airbnb says it will spend the next year verifying that all 7 million of its listings are accurate and that the homes and rooms being offered for short-term stays meet basic quality standards. It’s one of several moves the San Francisco-based company is making to improve user trust ...

Illinois marijuana law aims to undo harm of war on the drug

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When lawmakers crafted the law legalizing marijuana in Illinois, they tried to make sure it would right what many see as past wrongs linked to the drug. In addition to expunging hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the ...

Snow jobs: In tight labor market, ski areas up the ante

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — It used to be that a free ski pass was enough to lure workers to seasonal jobs at mountain resorts. No longer. In the current tight labor market, ski areas across the country are having a tough time filling jobs, so they’re upping the ante by boosting wages, providing ...

U.S. endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, U.S. health regulators have judged a type of smokeless tobacco to be less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers. The milestone announcement on Tuesday makes Swedish Match tobacco pouches the ...

For toymaker Hasbro, trade wars are wrecking havoc

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Shares of Hasbro plunged Tuesday after the company revealed that the trade war is wreaking havoc on its supply chain and creating confusion among customers for its toys. The company said price hikes may be on the way for consumers as it offsets rising costs. Hasbro ...

‘Unique Treats by Jacquie’ opens

BELLAIRE — A new shop has opened in the village offering a variety of treats aimed at satisfying the sweetest of sweet tooths. Unique Treats by Jacquie, located at 3391 Belmont St., Bellaire, is set to hold a grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Owned by Jacquie Jochumsen, the shop ...

A little giving goes a long way

MARTINS FERRY — Deep Run resident Ruth Knutsen recently was moved to tears by the kindness of a group of Martins Ferry third-graders. Knutsen has long worked in the banking industry and has been an avid volunteer her entire life. She currently works as a personal banker for Unified Bank in ...

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

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 ...

Stranded North Carolinians take stock of Dorian’s damage

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — As the sky cleared and floodwaters receded Saturday, residents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks began to assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Steve Harris has lived on Ocracoke Island for most of the last 19 years. He’s ridden out eight hurricanes, but he ...

Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off the West Coast

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions. The expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, researchers ...

Russian, Italian accused of trying to steal GE trade secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two men from Italy and Russia have been charged with trying to steal trade secrets from an American aviation company, U.S. prosecutors said Thursday. The Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint Thursday accusing the two of plotting to steal intellectual property, ...