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  • Drug dealer gets 11 years in killing of LA studio exec

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in the beating death of a Southern California movie studio executive five years ago. John Lenzie Creech was convicted in July of voluntary manslaughter in the slaying of Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox distribution executive. […]
  • Q&A: US, Mexican policies on arriving Haitians vary

    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Up to 4,000 Haitians established a community in Mexico’s northwest corner after the United States abruptly shut its doors last year. Here are some questions and answers about U.S. and Mexican policies. ___ WHAT ABOUT HAITIANS IN THE UNITED STATES? After Haiti’s earthquake in 2010, about 58,000 Haitians who arrived in […]
  • Retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017

    Toys R Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, joining a growing list of companies struggling to navigate a retail landscape altered by technology and changing consumer tastes. There is even a new term that has emerged which points to the dire state of the industry: Chapter 22. Those are companies that have been […]
  • EU lawmakers visit train linked to Hungary’s prime minster

    ALCSUTDOBOZ, Hungary (AP) — European Parliament members who oversee the EU’s budget on Tuesday visited a three-station railroad that links three Hungarian villages and has close ties to the country’s prime minister. Committee members led by chairwoman Inge Grassle are reviewing EU-funded projects in Hungary. Critics of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s critics say the railroad […]
  • Fiat Chrysler recalling 494,417 Ram trucks for safety issue

    DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost half a million Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks because their water pumps could be defective. The recall involves Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from the 2013 to 2017 model years. All 494,417 of the vehicles involved have 6.7-liter […]
  • Company agrees to $5M settlement in butter flavoring case

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A company has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims that its butter flavoring chemicals harmed the lungs of a worker who handled the product at a Missouri plant. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Carmi Flavor and Fragrance Corp., of Commerce, California, agreed to the settlement Monday as […]
  • The Latest: Corker says tentative agreement on debt figure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Republican plan to overhaul U.S. taxes (all times local): 1 p.m. Sen. Bob Corker says he’s reached a tentative agreement with other Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee on how much its tax plan would add to the government’s debt. Corker, a senior Republican who opposes adding to […]
  • Christie outlines $200M for opioids while waiting on Trump

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As Gov. Chris Christie waits for President Donald Trump to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, he announced Tuesday that he’ll spend another $200 million in New Jersey to set an example for how the crisis should be addressed. The “first and most urgent” recommendation of the opioid commission that […]
  • Feds: CitiFinancial to pay $907K for unlawfully seizing cars

    DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors say CitiFinancial Credit Co. will pay $907,000 to settle a complaint that it violated federal law by repossessing the vehicles of active military personnel. The settlement approved Monday by a federal court in Dallas reveals that CitiFinancial pursued repossessions even when it had evidence in its records showing service members were […]
  • Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing

    Only half of America’s smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide. The Kaiser Family Foundation said Tuesday that 50 percent of companies with three to 49 employees offered coverage this year. […]