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Green Tuesday: Crowds line up at 1st East Coast pot shops

Nov. 20, 2018 5:57 PM EST

LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the U.S. East Coast. More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalizing marijuana for adults, the state's...

Limiting screen time for your kid? It's harder than it looks

Nov. 19, 2018 2:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — It is Saturday morning, and 10-year-old Henry Hailey is up at the crack of dawn. Still in PJs, his microphone-equipped headphones glowing blue in the dim basement, he fixates on the popular online game "Fortnite" on a large screen. "What?! Right as I was about to finish it, I died," he calls...

General Electric shuffles management at power unit

Nov. 19, 2018 12:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. is shuffling leadership in its struggling power unit, part of the company's ongoing effort to slim down operations. Power is GE's largest division, and it pulls in more than a third of the company's revenues. But demand for its key gas turbines has fallen as consumers...

GE's sprawling power, aviation, health care arms add risk

Nov. 19, 2018 11:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric has long been a household name, manufacturing a spectrum of goods from light bulbs and air conditioners to MRI machines and jet engines. The company expanded rapidly in the 1980s under former CEO Jack Welch, accumulating financial companies and the television network NBC....

Limiting screen time for your kid? It's harder than it looks

Nov. 19, 2018 9:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — For many parents, limiting screen time for their children seems like an exercise in futility. They are busy, overwhelmed and tired of the fight against increasingly omnipresent screens. Barb and Allen Hailey know the drill well, including the tussles to get their 10-year-old son, Henry, to...

Thousands of homes still without gas service after blasts

Nov. 17, 2018 12:28 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing. The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or...

1st pot shops in eastern US get OK to open in Massachusetts

Nov. 16, 2018 6:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Friday to begin selling to recreational customers next week, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States. Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they would open...

Brightline to become Virgin Trains USA

Nov. 16, 2018 2:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Brightline is set to become Virgin Trains USA less than a year after launching its passenger train service in South Florida. Brightline and London-based Virgin Group announced a partnership Friday to rebrand the fledgling intercity rail company in 2019. A news release says Virgin Group will...

APNewsBreak: Obama's memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

Nov. 16, 2018 2:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — First day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books...

Fashion show blends Cuban private enterprise, US sponsorship

Nov. 16, 2018 1:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Models in Cuba strutted in paint-stained shirts and leather construction boots Thursday night in an unusual blend of local private enterprise and American corporate sponsorship. The open-air fashion show put on by the Cuban label Clandestina and internet giant Google was titled "Country Under...