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  • 2 former Olympic taekwondo coaches accused of sex abuse

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Separate federal lawsuits claim that two brothers who were prominent taekwondo coaches at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado engaged in sexual abuse. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Steven and Jean Lopez were sued Wednesday in District Court in Denver by two California women who say they were either […]
  • Smoke from Wisconsin refinery explosion poses health risk

    An explosion and asphalt fire at a Wisconsin oil refinery on Thursday sent huge plumes of smoke into the air that pollution experts said almost certainly contained large amounts of toxins, posing a serious health risk to those living downwind. Asphalt is a petroleum product that when burned emits chemicals in gaseous form and small […]
  • IT company Infosys plans adding 1,000 workers at Indiana hub

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Information technology outsourcing company Infosys announced Thursday that it will build a campus in Indianapolis to continue an expansion in the United States that is expected to provide up to 3,000 jobs for the city in the coming years. Infosys President Ravi Kumar said the Bangalore, India-based company will start the $245 […]
  • Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. WSU Foundation CEO Elizabeth King told The Wichita Eagle that staff from the school came together “to collaborate and create this fabulous museum that will be curated by the students.” The museum opened Wednesday on the school’s […]
  • 20 states seek to block Obama’s health care law

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama’s health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds. In a February suit, Texas and Wisconsin led a coalition arguing that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after the Republican-backed tax overhaul eliminated fines for not […]
  • Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20 percent from $99. New Prime members in the U.S. will be charged the higher price starting May 11. The increase will apply to renewals of existing memberships starting on June 16. Besides free two-day […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ Hope for US trade visit to China: A delay in harmful tariffs WASHINGTON (AP) — When Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation of American officials to Beijing next week, few analysts expect them to defuse a smoldering trade conflict with China. Rather, the likeliest outcome is a more modest one: That the talks […]
  • Starbucks CEO says racial controversy hasn’t affected sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks’ sales have not suffered over the outcry that ensued when two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store, CEO Kevin Johnson said Thursday, but he vowed to remain committed to ensuring such an incident never happens again. The coffee chain reported second-quarter sales growth that modestly exceeded Wall Street […]
  • Jury hits pork giant for $50M for hog operation’s nuisance

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury in North Carolina is awarding more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of an industrial hog operation responsible for smells, noise and other disturbances so bad they couldn’t enjoy their rural homes. Jurors on Thursday awarded 10 neighbors of a 15,000-head swine operation a total of $750,000 […]
  • Mattel’s 1Q sales shored up by Hot Wheels and Barbie

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel Inc. reported better-than-expected first-quarter sales Thursday as demand for Hot Wheels and Barbies helped soften the blow of the closing of the iconic Toys R Us chain. Like other toy companies, Mattel has been grappling with children’s shift away from traditional toys toward mobile devices. And shoppers are increasingly buying […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

    U.S. stocks climbed Thursday as Facebook led a rally by technology companies. Most of the market moved higher as interest rates declined from the four-year highs reached over the last few days. On Thursday: The S&P 500 index jumped 27.54 points, or 1 percent, to 2,666.94. The Dow Jones industrial average added 238.51 points, or […]
  • Fox talks Disney, teases ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at CinemaCon

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider addressed Disney’s deal to purchase most of Fox and also gave a first look at the highly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a wide-ranging and emotional presentation to theater owners and exhibitors Thursday at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. Rami […]
  • Facebook and Chipotle climb while Southwest and AT&T stumble

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday: Facebook Inc., up $14.47 to $174.16 The social media company had a strong first quarter as its data privacy scandal didn’t appear to hurt its business. Ford Motor Co., up 32 cents to $11.43 The automaker said it will stop selling most if […]
  • Microsoft Windows adapts as its business importance declines

    For Microsoft, Windows is no longer a core business so much as a complement to the company’s other offerings. The company still makes money from Windows, the computer operating system that helped catapult the Microsoft brand to success more than three decades ago. But Windows’ share of the business has shrunk. The company on Thursday […]
  • Amazon’s quarterly profit more than doubles; shares soar

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies. Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer’s shares soared 7 percent in after-hours trading. Amazon has grown rapidly since […]