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  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 file photo, Pinot Noir grapes just picked are shown in a bin in Napa, Calif. California regulators say they're tightening the rules on a pesticide popular with farmers over new health concerns. The California Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, that it's targeting chlorpyrifos. Farmers use it to kill pests that attack many crops like grapes, almonds and cotton. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton grown in California, the nation’s agricultural leader, as […]
  • FILE - In this July 19, 2017 file photo, Diego Zas shows two bags of legal marijuana he just bought at the Antartida drugstore in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay. The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws. A government official said Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, that Uruguayan banks risk running afoul of laws that ban receiving money tied to the drug.  (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

    Legal marijuana sale faces challenges by banks in Uruguay

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws. A government official said Friday that Uruguayan banks risk running afoul of laws that ban receiving money tied to the drug. The […]
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    ___ Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks NEW YORK (AP) — Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether its street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals going after Hollywood’s goodies have also put company plans and people’s […]
  • In this photo taken April 5, 2017, Hope Hicks, right, stands with Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway at the colonnade of the White House in Washington. After four people tackled the assignment with limited success, the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message has now fallen to Hicks, a young former public relations aide and political neophyte who entered his orbit not knowing the ride would eventually take her into the cutthroat world of Washington politics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Trump hands communications reins to longtime confidante

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — After three people tackled the assignment with limited success, the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message has for now fallen to Hope Hicks, a young former public relations aide and political neophyte who entered his orbit not knowing the ride would eventually take her into the cutthroat world of […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, activist investor Carl Icahn speaks at the World Business Forum in New York. President Donald Trump is losing another informal adviser: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts. Icahn said in a letter to Trump released Friday that he is stepping down to prevent “partisan bickering” about his unofficial role that Democrats suggested could […]
  • Fitch upgrades Greece’s credit rating by 1 notch to B-

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fitch Ratings has upgraded Greece’s credit rating from CCC to B-, a one-notch improvement that still leaves the bonds issued by the crisis-battered country well below investment grade. The ratings agency says the outlook of the Greek economy is positive and it expects talks with the country’s international creditors to be […]
  • How major US stock market indexes fared Friday

    U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. On Friday: The S&P 500 retreated 4.46 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,425.55. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 76.22 points, or 0.3 percent, to 21,674.51. The […]
  • A film set for the movie "Deadpool 2" sits idle in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday,  Aug. 15, 2017. Production was halted after the death of a stuntwoman at a different filming location on Monday. The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the stuntwoman killed while she was working on the set as 40-year-old SJ Harris, a resident of New York City. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Details of ‘Deadpool 2’ stuntwoman’s death released

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia’s workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a “Deadpool 2” stuntwoman’s death. The initial report by WorkSafeBC on Friday confirms witness accounts to Monday’s accident during filming of the sequel to actor Ryan Reynolds’ popular superhero movie. The report says SJ Harris had been rehearsing […]
  • Foot Locker and Deere slide while Estee Lauder jumps

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: Foot Locker Inc., down $13.32 to $34.48 The athletic gear retailer had a weak quarter and plans to close more stores. Hibbett Sports Inc., down 60 cents to $10.90 The sporting goods retailer cut its annual forecasts after a disappointing quarter. Deere […]
  • Ex-union official in Detroit charged in labor payoff scandal

    DETROIT (AP) — A former union official in Detroit has been charged with making more than $40,000 in purchases for herself and others with money from Fiat Chrysler. Virdell King is the fourth person charged in the case. The government says Al Iacobelli, who was a Fiat Chrysler labor executive, gave credit cards to some […]
  • Armed police officer stand in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Spanish police on Friday shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed at least 13, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe's latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Cities seek creative ways to prevent car or van attacks

    PARIS (AP) — From Barcelona to Times Square and beyond, extremists have used vehicles as deadly weapons with alarming frequency in recent years, whether to promote jihad, get attention or express despair. In response, ugly concrete blocks as well as more aesthetic deterrents are sprouting up in front of landmarks and ordinary public places around […]
  • In this Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 photo, hopeful eclipse-watchers line up outside the Clark Planetarium in hopes of getting eclipse glasses from the gift shop in Salt Lake City. Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years. (Scott Sommerdorf/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

    Eclipse mania sends Americans scurrying to find safe glasses

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years. Lines are forming, prices are rising and shelves are emptying as people scurry to obtain special eyewear to view the sun […]
  • Judge tosses shareholder lawsuit against Martha Stewart

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by former stockholders of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia over the company’s 2015 acquisition by Sequential Brands. The lawsuit said that Stewart leveraged her position as controlling stockholder to secure greater consideration for herself than was paid to other stockholders. They also accused […]
  • US rig count decreases by 3 this week to 946

    HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 946. A year ago, just 491 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 763 rigs sought oil and 182 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed […]
  • 66 cats, 1 dog rescued from a foreclosed Pennsylvania home

    SNYDERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A group of volunteers rescued more than 60 animals from the same home where humane officials found 122 cats two years ago. Volunteers from Camp Papillion animal shelter and the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe took 66 cats and one dog from the home. The Pocono Record reports (http://bit.ly/2w8zr3V ) the […]