SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Minnesota-based Famous Dave's BBQ has claimed top honors at the 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in northern Nevada.
SEATTLE (AP) - For at least six years, federal drug and other agents have had near-immediate access to billions of phone call records dating back decades in a collaboration with AT&T that officials have taken pains to keep secret, newly released documents show.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - "It's a banana car!"
I frequently tell folks that despite the subject matter, my column generally isn't really for senior citizens. Once you are getting a Social Security check, I really don't have too much news or information for you. But if you are approaching retirement age (somewhere in your late mid 50s to early 60s) then I have tons of advice to help you decide when and why and how to take your Social Security checks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland bar owner has been ordered to pay about $400,000 to a group of transgendered people he banned from his establishment last year.
NEW YORK (AP) - It's one thing for a business dispute to knock out CBS programming in some three million homes during rerun season. Football season is another matter entirely, and there's little immediate cause for optimism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) - Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting the drug does not increase those problems.
NEW YORK (AP) - The company behind the Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants.
NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services from Google and Apple, an imposing pair of potential rivals.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.
• ALIBABA OPENS DATA CENTER IN SILICON VALLEY: SAN JOSE (AP) - The cloud-computing unit of Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is making its first foray into the U.S. by opening a data center in Silicon Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue.
NEW YORK (AP) - News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.
NEW YORK (AP) - Target Corp. is cutting several thousand jobs as part of a plan to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years.