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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, ...

New push for racial equality in the marijuana trade

BOSTON (AP) — Black entrepreneurs who say people of color are being shut out of the lucrative marijuana trade are joining forces to close the gap. Real Action for Cannabis Equity, or RACE, launched Thursday in Boston, and its founders said the coalition will work to create more ...

Judges say travelers can sue TSA over screener mistreatment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court says travelers can sue the government over mistreatment by federal airport screeners because the agents can act like law enforcement officers, including when they conduct invasive searches. The 9-4 decision Friday by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Obi-Wan, Lizzie McGuire join new Disney Plus platform

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ewan McGregor is reprising his “Star Wars” role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series, one of the many splashy projects that Disney is banking on to make its new streaming platform competitive. The as-yet untitled Disney Plus show drew big cheers when it was announced ...

Walmart to revamp, reopen El Paso store

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the ...

U.S. fossil fuel official says tech can help coal industry

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Touring Wyoming at a crucial time for the top coal-mining state, the U.S. official who oversees government research into fossil fuels said Thursday it’s not too late for new technology to help the coal industry. “The Wyoming coal industry is going through a ...

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California’s efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators ...

Air New Zealand blames profit dip on engine issues, fuel

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s national carrier said Thursday that increased fuel costs and engine problems were the main reasons why its annual profit dropped by more than 30 percent. Air New Zealand on Thursday reported a pre-tax profit of 374 million New Zealand dollars ...

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The ...

Trump acknowledges China policies may mean economic pain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He insisted he’s not fearing a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to ...

Walmart sues Tesla for solar panels that went up in flames

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart sued Tesla for “gross negligence” on Tuesday, saying that the electric car company’s energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018, causing ...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors. The ...

California’s 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s job growth is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record as the world’s fifth largest economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, officials announced Friday. The country’s most populous state ...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a ...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. It’s the latest pushback from the tech giant’s workforce. A group of employees posted a petition ...

States sue Trump administration over new coal rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California’s governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. ...

Court rules for U.S. in fight over Nevada plutonium shipment

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against Nevada in a battle with the U.S. government over its secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state’s appeal after a judge ...

Documents: Plant owners ‘willfully’ used ineligible workers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration ...