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Columbia Gas to cover losses related to gas disaster

Sep. 22, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate its customers for all losses related to a series of gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley. Town officials in Andover announced Saturday that the utility company will pay claims related to bodily injury,...

US agency endorses plan to block new mining near Yellowstone

Sep. 21, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials recommended approval on Friday of a plan to block new mining claims for 20 years on the forested public lands that make up Yellowstone National Park's mountainous northern boundary. Regional Forester Leanne Marten submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management...

Rock On: Michelle Obama book tour is reaching high

Sep. 21, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Check out the upcoming events at Chicago's United Center and you'll see Bulls games, Blackhawks games and concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Nicki Minaj and Cher, among others. And former first lady Michelle Obama, to launch her book tour in November. Just for the scale of its venues, there has...

Colorado meatpacker recalls ground beef after E. coli death

Sep. 20, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado meatpacker is recalling more than 132,000 pounds (60,000 kilograms) of ground beef after a suspected E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17, officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat...

The Latest: Ferry services resuming in North Carolina

Sep. 19, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 7:20 p.m. North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes. In addition, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday two state ferries arrived in Southport late...

Trail Blazers unveil jersey sponsorship

Sep. 19, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have announced a multi-year jersey sponsorship deal with Performance Health, an Illinois-based company that manufactures products for the rehabilitation and sports medicine markets. A logo for the company's product Biofreeze will be featured on the left...

Canadian marijuana imports OK'd by US for California study

Sep. 18, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies. The University of California San Diego's Center for...

Trade war escalates as China announces tariffs on US imports

Sep. 18, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war escalated further Tuesday, with China announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals. The increases are in response to the U.S. announcing it will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of...

Some Lyft drivers at Disney World put brakes on union

Sep. 18, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some drivers who transport Walt Disney World visitors around the theme park resort after being summoned by a Lyft app want to put the brakes on joining a union. A half-dozen of the drivers last month filed statements with the National Labor Relations Board saying they never sought...

Will flying cars take off? Japan's government hopes so

Sep. 18, 2018 11:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Electric drones booked through smartphones pick people up from office rooftops, shortening travel time by hours, reducing the need for parking and clearing smog from the air. This vision of the future is driving the Japanese government's "flying car" project. Major carrier All Nippon Airways,...