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Vaping fallout: Small stores suffer as vapers turn away

Oct. 10, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The thousands of shops that sprang up in cities and towns across the country over the past decade to sell vaping products have seen a stunning reversal of fortune, with their sales plunging in just two months amid news reports that vaping has sickened nearly 1,300 people and killed 26....

$500 a month for free: Data shows how people spent the money

Oct. 3, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first data from an experiment in a California city where needy people get $500 a month from the government shows they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills. The 18-month, privately funded program started in February and involves 125 people in...

Shoppers have more options to return online purchases

Oct. 2, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ahead of the holiday season, shoppers have more options to return unwanted items bought online as retailers look for new ways to drive traffic. Plenty of retailers like Target and Walmart allow shoppers to easily drop off online returns at their stores. But now, a growing number of...

Don't let your vet bill dog you forever

Oct. 1, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

On a normal car ride, Grace the brown-white Chihuahua might have been happily "singing" along in traffic with her owner, Ellen Ross. But this wasn't a normal ride. Ross, author of the lifestyle blog Ask Away, was driving her 9-year-old dog to the veterinary specialist's office in September 2016 after noticing...

Animal shelter says housing woes mean more pets surrendered

Sep. 26, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's increasing cost of living is putting pressure on people and their pets. Idaho Humane Society officials say they're seeing an increase in the number of people surrendering their pets because of housing issues. Kristine Schellhaas with the Idaho Humane Society tells KBOI...

Strong earthquake jolts Pakistan, kills 22 and injures 700

Sep. 24, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

MIRPUR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Pakistan on Tuesday, badly damaging scores of homes and shops and killing at least 22 people and injuring over 700, officials said. The quake badly damaged a key road leading to the town of Mirpur in the Pakistan-administered part...

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners

Sep. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics. Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past...

Utah joins nearly 2 dozen US states spending on 2020 Census

Sep. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly two dozen states are spending millions of dollars to make sure people participate in the 2020 Census amid concerns that undercounting could mean losing critical federal funding or seats in Congress. Utah became the latest on Monday as its GOP-dominated Legislature voted to...

In escalating trade war, US consumers may see higher prices

Sep. 1, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China on Sunday put in place their latest tariff increases on each other's goods, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items before the holiday shopping season. President Donald Trump said U.S.-China...