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Average US price of gas spikes 13 cents per gallon, to $2.91

Apr. 21, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline surged 13 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.91. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says one of the reasons for the spike is an increase in crude oil costs. Lundberg says Sunday that...

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

Apr. 20, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government's food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the...

Corporate America embraces 420 as pot legalization grows

Apr. 19, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it. No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...

Former VP Biden rallies with striking supermarket workers

Apr. 18, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden attended a rally of striking supermarket workers in New England on Thursday, arguing that workers aren't being treated with enough respect. Biden spoke at the gathering of unionized Stop & Shop employees outside a store in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood....

Food stamps and online grocery shopping are about to mix

Apr. 18, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time. ShopRite will join the two retailers on the program early next week, said the...

Rabbis: 'Not kosher' to buy at grocery store during strike

Apr. 18, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community. A number of rabbis in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have...

Baltimore mayor, 5 of her staffers now on paid leave

Apr. 18, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's embattled mayor and five of her staffers are now on paid leave amid a scandal over book sales. Mayor Catherine Pugh went on leave April 1, saying she needed time off to recover from pneumonia. She's also facing intense scrutiny over the sale of her children's books to entities...

US retail sales soared 1.6% in March

Apr. 18, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped. The Commerce Department said Thursday that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017. The gains...

US retail sales surged 1.6% in March, fastest pace since September 2017 in a positive for economic growth

Apr. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US retail sales surged 1.6% in March, fastest pace since September 2017 in a positive for economic growth.