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  • Lobbying pays off for small drugmaker in budget bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A provision tucked into the massive congressional budget bill will benefit a small pharmaceutical company in Washington state. Lawmakers acted after a lobbying campaign by Omeros, which makes a drug for cataract surgery, and stepped-up political contributions from people associated with the company. The provision props up the price Medicare pays for […]
  • Micron Technology and Lincoln National skid; Nike rises

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday: Cintas Corp., up $4.74 to $167.85 The uniform supplier had a stronger quarter than analysts expected. Micron Technology Inc., down $4.71 to $54.21 Technology companies tumbled as investors worried about rising trade tensions, and chipmakers took sharp losses. Nike Inc., up 21 cents […]
  • NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL: Female-led construction company was responsible for deadly bridge collapse THE FACTS: […]
  • 2 Americans, 1 Russian dock with International Space Station

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying two Americans and a Russian cosmonaut has docked with the International Space Station. The docking at 10:40 p.m. (1940 GMT) Friday came two days after the capsule blasted off from Russia’s manned space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On board the capsule were NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and […]
  • United gives $10,000 travel voucher to ‘bumped’ passenger

    A passenger who was bumped off a full flight has scored the maximum prize — a $10,000 travel voucher. A spokesman for United Airlines confirmed Friday that a passenger got the big voucher, but he didn’t name the person. In a series of tweets, Allison Preiss of Washington, D.C., said that she was rewarded after […]
  • Trump draws ire of farmers targeted in Chinese trade dispute

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From hog producers in Iowa to apple growers in Washington state and winemakers in California, farmers expressed deep disappointment Friday over being put in the middle of a potential trade war with China by the president many of them helped elect. After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs […]
  • Google to remove videos on slain Rio de Janeiro councilwoman

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Google said Friday it would comply with a Brazilian judge’s order to remove 16 videos from YouTube that expressed “assumptions and opinions” about a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was murdered last week. It came in a push by the family of Marielle Franco to squash rumors floated online […]
  • Oregon attorney general considers Facebook investigation

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s attorney general says she is reviewing whether to launch an investigation of Facebook, including whether it violated a state law that protects online customers’ private information. Ellen Rosenblum told The Associated Press Thursday that she and several other state attorneys general are drafting a letter to Facebook, asking how it […]
  • Recalls this week: smoke alarms, riding mowers

    More than 400,000 smoke alarms are being recalled because of a potential defect that can block a sensor, posing a risk to consumers. Other recalled consumer products include riding lawn mowers and HVAC units. Here’s a more detailed look: SMOKE ALARMS DETAILS: Models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. […]
  • Trump says South Korea trade deal being updated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United States is on the verge of amending its trade agreement with South Korea. The president told reporters at a Friday news conference that trade deals are being made with various countries and then highlighted South Korea, a key economic and national security partner in Asia. The […]
  • Texas adds 7 rigs as US rig count increases to 995

    HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 995. That exceeds the 809 rigs that were active this time a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 804 rigs drilled for oil this week and 190 for […]
  • Shares of Dropbox surge in first day of trading

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of the digital file storage company Dropbox are soaring after the company set its offering price above expectations. The San Francisco company was offering about 26.8 million shares of stock at $21 apiece, while selling shareholders were offering about 9.2 million shares. It was previously expected to offer shares at […]
  • Group: Public in dark about cell tower plans in Grand Teton

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park has inappropriately prevented the public from learning about tentative plans for more than 50 miles of fiber-optic cable and new cellphone towers at 11 locations in the majestic preserve in Wyoming, an environmental group says. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says it obtained a document through the […]
  • China’s lobster imports keep US price high, but no tariffs

    BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — China’s hunger for American lobsters is helping keep prices high to U.S. consumers, but a tariff on the seafood does not appear imminent. The Asian country imported more than 17.8 million pounds of lobster from America in 2017, eclipsing the previous record of about 14 million pounds in 2016, federal statistics […]
  • Army Corps faces questions about vetting border wall company

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials are saying little about how they chose a Nebraska startup to build an $11 million section of border wall in California, including whether they knew of the company’s connections to a construction firm flagged in a government audit for “many potential fraud indicators.” The top Democrat on the House […]