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In this Monday, June 17, 2019, photo, Joshua Ni, 24, and Fritz Ramirez, 23, vape from electronic cigarettes in San Francisco. San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes in an effort to crack down on youth vaping. The plan would ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, as well as prohibit e-cigarette manufacturing on city property. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado)
June 18, 2019 - 12:12 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes. It's part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping. The supervisors will vote Tuesday on measures to ban the sale and...
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FILE- This Feb. 5, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore. The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The move keeps the high-profile case off the court’s election-year calendar and orders state judges to take a new look at the dispute between the lesbian couple and the owners of a now-closed bakery. The justices already have agreed to decide whether federal civil rights law protects people from job discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. (Everton Bailey Jr./The Oregonian via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 9:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The justices' action Monday keeps the high-profile case off the court's election-year calendar and orders state judges to take a new look at the...
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This image provided by Scholastic shows the cover of a new untitled "Hunger Games" novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel, set to be released May 19, 2020, is a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy. Collins said in a statement Monday, June 10, 2019, that she “wanted to explore the state of nature” as she set the narrative in the years following the “Dark Days” of Panem, the Dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. (Scholastic via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 7:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A decade after seemingly wrapping up "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem. A prequel, set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy, is coming next year. The novel, currently untitled, is scheduled for release on May 19, 2020...
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The Corona police department investigate a shooting inside a Costco in Corona, Calif., Friday, June 14, 2019. A gunman opened fire inside the store during an argument, killing a man, wounding two other people and sparking a stampede of terrified shoppers before he was taken into custody, police said. The man involved in the argument was killed and two other people were wounded, Corona police Lt. Jeff Edwards said. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG via AP)
June 16, 2019 - 10:05 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man authorities say attacked him inside a Southern California Costco Wholesale warehouse store. Authorities remained tight-...
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FILE - This May 22, 2019 file photo shows Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass. The $2.6 billion Wynn resort casino is scheduled to open June 23 transforming a contaminated property into what is billed as a waterfront oasis. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
June 16, 2019 - 8:01 am
EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — A $28 million statue of Popeye by the artist Jeff Koons. Luxury, "European-style" water shuttles. Five-star hotel rooms starting at about $650 a night. After months of turmoil and uncertainty, Wynn Resorts' flamboyant Encore Boston Harbor casino opens June 23 just over the...
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Customers wait on a long check out line at a Target store in San Francisco on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Target suffered a technological glitch that stalled checkout lines at its stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and eating into sales at a prime time for retailers. The outage periodically prevented Target's cashiers from scanning merchandise or processing transactions. Self-checkout registers also weren't working at times, causing massive lines in some stores. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)
June 15, 2019 - 4:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A glitch stalled checkout lines at Target stores worldwide Saturday, exasperating shoppers and potentially eating into sales at a prime time for retailers, the day before Father's Day. The roughly two-hour outage periodically prevented Target's cashiers from scanning...
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Signs for and against unionization are in a roundabout along Volkswagen Drive in front of the Volkswagen plant Friday, June 14, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers voted against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. (Erin O. Smith/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 11:10 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South. The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday...
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FILE- In this May 19, 2019, file photo, a line of unsold 2019 CX-5 sports-utility vehicles sits at a Mazda dealership in Littleton, Colo. On Friday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 14, 2019 - 7:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that low unemployment and modest wage gains are encouraging consumers to shop. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May, after a smaller gain of 0.3% in the previous month. April's figure...
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June 14, 2019 - 12:17 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal court ruled Thursday that a Mexican man who was arrested during an immigration sting at a Los Angeles manufacturing plant should not be deported, a rebuke that may influence how immigration authorities target factories and offices. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
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This undated product image provided by Volvo Cars shows the Volvo XC90 SUV. Uber is teaming with Volvo Cars to launch its newest self-driving vehicle. The ride-hailing company said Wednesday, June 12, 2019, that it can easily install its self-driving system in the Volvo XC90 SUV. (Volvo Cars via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 10:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone. The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year. Uber says the service should decrease food delivery times. It works this way: Workers at a...
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