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Average cost of gas in Massachusetts down 2 cents

Oct. 15, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has dropped 2 cents. AAA Northeast says Tuesday that self-serve, regular is now selling for an average of $2.50 per gallon, 14 cents lower than the national average. The current price is also 34 cents lower than the average in-state,...

Average Rhode Island gas prices down a penny

Oct. 15, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders are paying a penny less for a gallon of gasoline this week. AAA Northeast said Tuesday that the average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in the state has dropped 1 cent in the past week to $2.49. Rhode Island's price is 15 cents lower than the national...

Wisconsin spice company peppers Facebook with anti-Trump ads

Oct. 15, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The nation's largest independent spice retailer is peppering Facebook with ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Wisconsin-based Penzeys Spices spent nearly $100,000 on Facebook ads last week calling for Trump's impeachment, making it one of the largest social...

Hallmark to close its Home and Gifts business

Oct. 15, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hallmark Cards says it plans to close its home decor and gift products business by the end of the year. The Kansas City-based company said Monday that Hallmark Home and Gifts will close because of changes in the retail industry. KSHB-TV reports company spokesman Andy DiOrio said 60...

Florida considers forcing collection of tax on online sales

Oct. 15, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Online sellers would have to automatically collect sales tax from Floridians and submit it to the state under a bill moving in the Florida Senate. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters said Florida consumers are...

Online retailer Zalando sets diversity target for management

Oct. 15, 2019 3:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Online fashion retailer Zalando says it wants at least 40% of its senior managers to be women within four years, following recent criticism that all five members of its management board are men. The Berlin-based company said Tuesday that it "aims for a balanced representation of women and men...

CEO: Allsup's to retain presence despite planned merger

Oct. 14, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Allsup's and its legendary burritos and chimichangas aren't going anywhere despite the recent sale of the convenience store chain to Iowa-based Yesway. Officials with Yesway say Allsup's will retain its presence in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Yesway doesn't plan to close any of...

Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oct. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste. The Statesman Journal reports that's not currently allowed under U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, which Oregon has adopted, because of...

Gas prices down, up, steady in northern New England

Oct. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Depending on where you're driving, gas prices are going up, down or holding steady in northern New England. The lastest GasBuddy price reports show the average price of gas in New Hampshire is $2.44 per gallon, down 1 cent compared to last week. In Maine, the price has held steady at...

Average US price of gas unchanged over past 2 weeks

Oct. 13, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has remained at $2.73 a gallon over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that within the average, prices in more than half of the cities surveyed fell by several cents while prices...