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  • United beats Street 4Q forecasts

    CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is reversing a long slide in average prices and increasing its profit. United said Tuesday that it earned $580 million in the fourth quarter of last year, a 46 percent increase from a year ago despite higher fuel prices. The results beat Wall Street’s expectations. Like its rivals, United is […]
  • Netflix and Whirlpool jump while Twitter and J&J fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday: Netflix Inc., up $22.71 to $250.29 The streaming video service gained more subscribers than industry watchers had expected in its latest quarter. Johnson & Johnson, down $6.31 to $141.83 The health care and consumer products maker took a big one-time tax charge […]
  • Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

    PHOENIX (AP) — A new lawsuit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against some of its Latino customers in Phoenix by giving their personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says Motel 6 had a corporate policy or practice of turning over information provided by guests when […]
  • Trump pick who failed to win Senate support is leaving EPA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety is departing the Environmental Protection Agency a month after withdrawing his nomination in the face of concerns over his ties to the chemical industry. Michael L. Dourson has been a senior adviser to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. His online resume indicates his employment at […]
  • Ratings for NFL conference championships down 8 percent

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than 40 million people watched the NFL’s two preliminaries for the Super Bowl on Sunday, a drop of more than 8 percent compared to last year’s conference championship games. The Nielsen company said an average of 43.2 million people watched the games. While that’s down from the 47.1 million who […]
  • State unveils license plate for team that left 20 years ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford Whalers left Connecticut 20 years ago, but their beloved logo will now appear on vehicles gliding along the state’s highways. The Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday unveiled a new commemorative license plate that bears the former professional hockey team’s green-and-blue insignia. Forty-five dollars from the sale of each […]
  • Woman, 86, placed on probation for bank robbery guilty plea

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 86-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to charges in a Philadelphia bank robbery has been placed on a year’s probation. Court records indicate Emily Coakley entered pleas to lesser charges of possession of an instrument of crime and simple assault while charges including robbery and theft were withdrawn. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports […]
  • Court tosses out $210M deal over Hyundai, Kia gas mileage

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has tossed out a roughly $210 million deal to compensate owners and leaseholders of dozens of Hyundai and Kia models with overstated gas mileage figures. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a lower court judge failed […]
  • Beaches open after sewage spill on California Central Coast

    MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Officials say eight beaches on California’s Central Coast have reopened after nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean over the weekend. The beaches south of San Francisco that are popular with surfers and day visitors opened Monday after lab tests showed the area is safe. Monterey One Water […]
  • Columbia journalism school launches civil rights center

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has a new center dedicated to civil rights news coverage. The dean of the New York school, Steve Coll, announced the creation of The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights on Tuesday. Applications for fellowships can be submitted from […]
  • Disney offering staff $1,000 bonuses, new education funding

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. will give more than 125,000 eligible employees a one-time $1,000 cash bonus and invest $50 million in an education funding program. The media company said Tuesday the bonuses will go to all full and part-time non-executive employees, either hourly or salaried, who have been with the company […]
  • Apple poised to expand into speaker market with HomePod

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod. Pre-orders for the HomePod will begin Friday in the U.S, U.K. and Australia, two weeks before the speaker goes on sale in stores for $349. […]
  • Fed nominee Goodfriend grilled by Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve board nominee Marvin Goodfriend said Tuesday he supports the Fed’s political independence and its dual goals of achieving stable prices and low unemployment. But those assurances did not seem to satisfy Democrats who say Goodfriend’s past policy positions are at odds with his current views. Goodfriend, an economics professor at […]
  • South Carolina may owe double in Christmas lottery glitch

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lottery officials say they may have to pay out nearly twice in prizes as much as they expected because of a Christmas Day glitch. The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission announced at Tuesday’s meeting that it may owe more than $35 million after everyone who bought Holiday Cash Add-A-Play […]
  • Court: Oil company can be sued when worker injured or killed

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job. The state’s highest court struck down a state workers’ compensation law that exempted oil and gas well operators and owners from lawsuits, including one filed by […]