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LOWE'S COMPLETES ORCHARD SUPPLY ACQUISITION: MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Home improvement retailer Lowe's said it has completed its acquisition of 72 stores from Orchard Supply Hardware Stores for approximately $205 million.

August 30, 2013 | | Nationwide


$1.3M judgment against Mustang Ranch owner

VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Storey County jury on Friday awarded $1.3 million to a man who said Mustang Ranch owner and Storey County Commissioner Lance Gilman cheated him out of his share of brothel profits.

August 30, 2013 | | Nationwide


Dunkin' Donuts criticized for 'racist' advertising campaign

BANGKOK (AP) - A leading human rights group has called on Dunkin' Donuts to withdraw a "bizarre and racist" advertisement for chocolate doughnuts in Thailand that shows a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup.

August 30, 2013 | | Nationwide


Texas family awarded $32M from Domino's

HOUSTON (AP) - The family of a Southeast Texas couple involved in a deadly crash caused by a Domino's Pizza delivery driver was awarded $32 million this week after a jury determined the pizza chain shared responsibility for the accident by not enforcing a policy that its drivers' vehicles be inspected.

August 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


GameStop Expo: Taste of next-gen games

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Inside the massive complex on the Las Vegas Strip that houses the glitzy Venetian casino and Sands convention center, amid a soundscape of conflicting noises, thousands of players are mashing buttons while staring intently at flickering screens.

August 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4

NEW YORK (AP) - Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.

August 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


J&J launches new cap to curb Tylenol overdoses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever. The unusual step, disclosed by the company that makes Tylenol, comes amid a growing number of lawsuits and pressure from the federal government that could have widespread ramifications for a medicine taken by millions of people every day.

August 29, 2013 | | Nationwide


Did Wal-Mart bag's failure cause death?

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An eastern Nebraska man has sued Wal-Mart, saying the failure of an overfilled plastic shopping bag led to the death of his wife.

August 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


US-made just as cheap to produce

NEW YORK (AP) - Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday.

August 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Hollywood groups sue to stop skyscraper project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coalition of residents who live in famed Hollywood neighborhoods filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a $654 million skyscraper project from rising just down the hill from the landmark Hollywood Sign because of earthquake concerns.

August 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Ackman loses half his investment in JCP sale

NEW YORK (AP) - It's official.

August 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Nintendo cuts price of Wii U console by $50

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nintendo Co. announced Wednesday that it is cutting the price of its Wii U video-game system as it braces for the fall release of competing consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

August 28, 2013 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart expands health benefits to domestic partners

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will extend its health care benefits to its U.S. workers' domestic partners, including those of the same sex, starting Jan. 1.

August 27, 2013 | | Nationwide


Burger King to offer 'French Fry Burger' for $1

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King says it will start offering a "French Fry Burger" for a buck, as it looks to fend off McDonald's aggressive push for its Dollar Menu.

August 27, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google Glass thru eyes of early users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Geeks aren't the only people wearing Google Glass.

August 27, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 sales spot

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A hearing on whether to approve the bankruptcy sale of assets of electronics retailer RadioShack opened Thursday with the company seeking court approval of the purported winning bid, and an attorney for a losing bidder describing the auction as a sham and asking a Delaware judge to reopen the sale process.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


‘American Idol’-like talent competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


New Samsung, HTC phones out April 10

NEW YORK (AP) - New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.

March 26, 2015 | | Nationwide


FACEBOOK’S MESSENGER

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


House panel passes bill banning IRS from using private email

WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS workers would be prohibited from using private email to conduct official business under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


Heinz buys Kraft to build food giant

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the most familiar names in ketchup, pickles, cheese and hot dogs are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced plans Wednesday to buy Kraft and create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


2 Internet provides sue over neutrality

NEW YORK (AP) - The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early.

March 25, 2015 | | Nationwide


SeaWorld counters disparaging documentary

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is mounting a public defense of its animal handling in a new advertising campaign that began Monday, after a highly critical 2013 documentary left the park with declining revenue and attendance.

March 24, 2015 | | Nationwide


Drillers scramble to thwart OPEC

NEW YORK (AP) - OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

March 24, 2015 | | Nationwide


Uber says CFO Brent Callinicos leaving

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ride-sharing company Uber said Monday that CFO Brent Callinicos is leaving the company to spend more time with his family.

March 16, 2015 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s workers detail job hazards

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

March 16, 2015 | | Nationwide


Does health go better with Coke? That’s new marketing strategy

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.

March 16, 2015 | | Nationwide


Cablevision hopes to attract Internet customers with HBO Now

NEW YORK (AP) - Cablevision is offering the new HBO Now online service to its Internet customers, even though the service could persuade more people to drop their cable TV packages.

March 16, 2015 | | Nationwide


DRIVERS OR CONTRACTORS?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco federal judges say juries will have to decide whether drivers for Uber and Lyft were independent contractors, or employees of the ride-hailing companies with all of the protections and benefits the state affords regular workers.

March 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


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