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Zyn nicotine pouches are all over TikTok, sparking debate among politicians and health experts

Mar. 01, 2024 01:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s nothing complicated about the latest tobacco product trending online: Zyn is a tiny pouch filled with nicotine and flavoring. But it has stoked a debate among politicians, parents and pundits that reflects an increasingly complex landscape in which Big...

They are TV's ghosts — networks that somehow survive with little reason to watch them anymore

Mar. 01, 2024 00:33 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The list of memorable characters and personalities who entered popular culture through cable television is long: Honey Boo Boo. Tony Soprano. Lizzie McGuire. Don Draper. Jon Stewart. Beavis and Butt-Head. Chip and Joanna Gaines. SpongeBob SquarePants. Pick your own...

Stock market today: Asia stocks rise follow Wall Street climbs to more all-time highs

Feb. 29, 2024 23:54 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks gained Friday, after U.S. stocks climbed to all-time highs Thursday. U.S. futures edged higher and oil prices advanced. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.7% to 39,850.00. Japan’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.4% in January,...

China's manufacturing activity contracts for 5th straight month despite policy support

Feb. 29, 2024 23:52 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Manufacturing in China contracted for a fifth consecutive month in February, according to an official survey of factory managers released Friday, reflecting persistent weakness in the economy ahead of annual legislative meetings where officials are expected to boost policy...

8 sports wagering operators are licensed in North Carolina to take bets starting March 11

Feb. 29, 2024 23:45 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Eight sports gambling companies received North Carolina government licenses on Thursday so they can accept wagers from people in the state from mobile devices and computers in less than two weeks. The North Carolina State Lottery Commission, which is tasked to...

Takeaways from AP visit to Congo as nation offers expanded oil drilling

Feb. 29, 2024 23:38 PM EST

MOANDA, Congo (AP) — The central African nation of Congo is offering 30 oil and gas blocks around the country for auction. It's a prospect that concerns environmentalists and some of the people who live near the drilling that has so far been limited to a small area near its far western border on...

As Congo seeks to expand drilling, some communities worry pollution will worsen

Feb. 29, 2024 23:37 PM EST

MOANDA, Congo (AP) — The oil drills that loom down the road from Adore Ngaka's home remind him daily of everything he's lost. The extraction in his village in western Congo has polluted the soil, withered his crops and forced the family to burn through savings to survive, he said. ...

Fire at shopping mall in Bangladesh's capital kills at least 43 people

Feb. 29, 2024 23:36 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire at a six-story shopping mall in the Bangladeshi capital overnight killed at least 43 people and injured dozens of others, with several people escaping to the building's roof, officials said Friday. The fire started late Thursday at a restaurant on...

New Zealand tour operators told to pay $7.8 million in fines and reparations over volcanic eruption

Feb. 29, 2024 22:40 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tour booking agents and managers of a New Zealand island where a volcanic eruption killed 22 people in 2019 were ordered Friday to pay nearly $13 million (US$7.8 million) in fines and reparations. The holding company of the island's owners, a boat...

EPA delays rules for existing natural gas power plants until after the November election

Feb. 29, 2024 21:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is delaying planned rules to curb emissions from existing natural gas plants that release harmful air pollutants and contribute to global warming. The agency said it is still on track to finalize rules for...