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True to form, Avenatti attacks Nike a day after arrest

Mar. 26, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker — without evidence — of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from U.S. custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on...

Slower manufacturing likely drag on small business optimism

Mar. 25, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year. Reports this month from the government and an industry group point to a drop in manufacturing activity. While the manufacturing sector is a...

More aging Americans are using pot to soothe what ails them

Mar. 25, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland....

Federal disaster loans available in 3 Tennessee counties

Mar. 25, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Small businesses in three Tennessee counties can apply for federal economic injury disaster loans as a result of flooding from Tropical Storm Alberto last year. The deadline is April 8. Assistance is available in Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties for small businesses, small...

Death toll rises to 62 in China chemical plant blast

Mar. 22, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 62 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. The death toll appeared likely to rise still further, with another 28 people still listed as missing, the...

Tennessee House advances gym tax repeal bill

Mar. 21, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers aren't breaking a sweat over a proposal designed to repeal a $10 million amusement tax on gym memberships. House members unanimously agreed to sign off on the measure on Thursday. The bill must now clear the Senate. The proposal is backed by Gov. Bill Lee, who...

How to lower chances of employee theft: 5 things to know

Mar. 20, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can reduce their chances of employee theft or limit their losses by implementing technological controls and checks and balances in their daily operations. The thin staffing at many small businesses can make them vulnerable to theft. So can small companies' tendency to have...

Breach of trust: Business owners deal with worker thefts

Mar. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Suelyn Farel got an email alert that someone had downloaded her entire customer database, she learned that two former employees had conspired to steal from her beauty products company. Farel had allowed the staffers to keep working after they each gave notice in late 2017; when they...

San Francisco floats ban on e-cigarettes pending US review

Mar. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids, with an official on Tuesday proposed what's believed to be the first U.S. ban on their sale until the federal government regulates vaping products. City Attorney Dennis Herrera...

Jury: Roundup weed killer is major factor in man's cancer

Mar. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. The unanimous verdict by the six-person jury in federal court in San...