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Manufacturer to add 50 jobs to Georgia facility

Aug. 24, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — A Belgian-based manufacturer says it will add 50 jobs to its facility in Georgia. Economic development group Partnership Gwinnett says Barco also will invest $5 million in the Duluth-area facility, its American headquarters. Barco manufactures electronics used in entertainment, medical...

Trump raises tariffs on Chinese goods as trade war escalates

Aug. 24, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed his appointed head of the U.S. central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, for the state...

How Major League Baseball will create baseball magic in Iowa

Aug. 24, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — James Earl Jones, playing the writer Terrance Mann, rises from the wooden bleachers in the final scenes of "Field of Dreams." He implores the bankrupt Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to keep his magical baseball field carved into a cornfield on the outskirts of Dyersville. "The one...

The Latest: Trump defends ordering companies to leave China

Aug. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies (all times local): 12:35 a.m. President Donald Trump is pushing back against those questioning whether he has the authority to order American companies to cut trade ties with China. Trump...

'Our bigger enemy': Trump escalates attack on Fed chief

Aug. 23, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a furious and highly personal Twitter attack Friday against the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jerome Powell, fuming that the Fed once more "did NOTHING!" and wondering who is "our bigger enemy" — Powell or China's leader. The outburst came after...

Handyman service does chores so seniors can stay at home

Aug. 23, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — North Jersey seniors have a new option for painting walls in their homes, repairing loose boards and cleaning basements: ask a "neighbor" to do the tasks, with help from an online service. New York-based Umbrella pairs people who are older than 65 with local contractors who help...

Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement...

Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75B of US goods

Aug. 23, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he had "hereby ordered" American companies with operations in China "to immediately start looking for" an alternative after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory tariffs. But as markets in the U.S., Asia and Europe tumbled, the White House...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 23, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Pot legalization: Unreliable in many ways The Republican-American Aug. 22 As if Connecticut didn't already have enough reasons to resist the temptation to legalize - and tax - recreational marijuana sales, the Pew Charitable Trusts offered another this week. As...

Gap's 2Q profits fall, reflecting chain still mired in slump

Aug. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc.'s fiscal second quarter profits fell 43%, dragged down by costs related to store closings and the restructuring of its business. The beleaguered San Francisco-based chain also reported comparable sales declines at its three top brands, including at Old Navy, once a bright spot. The...