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Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts

Nov. 18, 2019 2:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself. Offerings abound at holiday time. Some suggestions: HOMES: “Architectural Digest: AD at 100, a Century of...

Agency: Utah’s jobless rate drops to 2.5 percent in October

Nov. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 2.5 percent in October, down from 2.7 percent in September, as the state’s economy added 51,200 jobs in the prior year. Department of Workforce Services Chief Economist Mark Knold, said Thursday that...

Vape shops owner plans to fight adding vaping to smoking ban

Nov. 15, 2019 9:55 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County are taking steps toward adding vaping to the local ban in indoor smoking, prompting a vow from a woman who owns three Lincoln vape product shops that she’ll fight any such effort. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health on Tuesday...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 15, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Editorials from around New England CONNECTICUT The Sandy Hook lawsuit is about to expose how the AR-15 is marketed to Americans. That’s good news for all of us. Hartford Courant Nov. 13 The people who sell the weapon of choice for mass killers are going to have to reveal exactly how they peddle their...

Walmart offers holiday cheer as traditional peers struggle

Nov. 14, 2019 11:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering some holiday cheer heading into the crucial Christmas shopping season even as many of its traditional peers struggle. The nation’s largest retailer raised its annual profit expectations on Thursday after reporting strong third-quarter results helped by its grocery...

Sizing up the 2019 holiday shopping season for retailers

Nov. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With two weeks until the official start of the holiday shopping season, the nation’s retailers are gearing up for what should be another brutally competitive shopping period. The good news? Many retail CEOs say the U.S. consumer is financially healthy given the economy remains strong...

California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making

Nov. 14, 2019 1:10 AM EST

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific Gas &...

House approves cap on insulin costs, plan returns to Senate

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved legislation to cap the amount diabetes patients must pay for insulin to $100 a month. The vote Wednesday to answer skyrocketing prescription insulin costs was 100-13. The Senate has approved the idea but a change in the House requires another Senate...

Maine electricity customers to get a break in 2020

Nov. 13, 2019 4:32 PM EST

AUGUSA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission says most residential and business customers will be paying less for electricity from the state’s two largest utilities in 2020. The MPUC said the standard offer prices for the electricity supply portion of the bill for Central Maine Power...

Liz Weston: What to do if your parents need financial help

Nov. 11, 2019 7:52 AM EST

Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way. A 2015 survey by TD Ameritrade found 13% of American adults provided financial support to a parent. Millennials were far more likely than older...