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Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts

Aug. 19, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the analysis of...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...

How to bypass ATM fees while you're on the road

Aug. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

If you find yourself short on cash while on vacation, it might seem easiest to hit up the nearest ATM. But if that handy machine is not in your bank's network, you could get a double whammy of fees: The ATM owner will probably charge a few dollars for the convenience, and your own bank may tack on an extra $2.50...

Kentucky reports rise in visitor trips to bluegrass state

Aug. 15, 2019 4:59 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky tourism officials say more people visited the state in 2018 and spent more money. Officials say visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4% over the prior year and a 21% increase since...

Mackinac Bridge tokens only usable through Sept. 10

Aug. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — The Mackinac Bridge Authority says will no longer accept bridge tokens for tolls beginning Sept. 10. The authority on Tuesday announced the date. It decided last month to end their use in toll lanes because of declining use. Executive Secretary Kim Nowack says the authority...

Report: Costs in most states exceed subsidies for child care

Aug. 13, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. The report , released...

Correction: Paid Family Leave story

Aug. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Aug. 9 about a new paid family leave law in Oregon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a person needed to work 1,000 hours a year to qualify. A person needs to earn $1,000 a year to qualify. A corrected version of the story is below: Oregon paid leave law 1st in US...

Uber's Deng talks post-airport food delivery, stress relief

Aug. 11, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber began as a ride-hailing company, but its ambition to become the "Amazon of transportation" has pushed its leaders to experiment with bus fleets, transit and its growing food delivery business. Peter Deng, who spent nearly a decade at Facebook before joining Uber Technologies Inc.,...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 9, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Trump's words meaningless without change The Day Aug. 5 It shouldn't be news that a president of the United States condemns white supremacists, but it was news when President Trump uttered such words Monday more clearly and emphatically than he had ever done before....

Dallas brothels owner pleads guilty in 2018 raid, sting

Aug. 8, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors say the owner of two Dallas brothels has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2018 law enforcement sting that included plans to provide 20 women for sex at a cost of $2,000 each. Helen Kim pleaded guilty Thursday to use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of racketeering...