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Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oct. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste. The Statesman Journal reports that's not currently allowed under U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, which Oregon has adopted, because of...

Gas prices down, up, steady in northern New England

Oct. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Depending on where you're driving, gas prices are going up, down or holding steady in northern New England. The lastest GasBuddy price reports show the average price of gas in New Hampshire is $2.44 per gallon, down 1 cent compared to last week. In Maine, the price has held steady at...

Average US price of gas unchanged over past 2 weeks

Oct. 13, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has remained at $2.73 a gallon over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that within the average, prices in more than half of the cities surveyed fell by several cents while prices...

Gas prices decline in New Jersey, elsewhere

Oct. 13, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices are dropping with the cooling weather in New Jersey and around the country, and analysts expect the decline to continue in the coming weeks. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell to $2.54 in New Jersey last week, down a penny from the previous week and much...

Allison K. Hill named new CEO of booksellers trade group

Oct. 11, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a popular independent bookstore in California will soon be CEO of the American Booksellers Association. The trade group announced Friday that Allison K. Hill will succeed Oren Teicher, who earlier this year said he was stepping down. Hill, currently president and CEO of Vroman's...

Amazon to open 500-job fulfillment center near Chicago

Oct. 11, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

CHANNAHON, Ill. (AP) — Amazon has announced plans to open a fulfillment center in northern Illinois, creating more than 500 new, full-time jobs starting at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits. The online retailer said Friday the more than 1 million-square-foot (90,000-square-meter) fulfillment center...

California businesses face reality of electrical outages

Oct. 10, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Retailers and other businesses, from hardware chains to coffee shops, are dealing with a new economic reality of electrical outages in Northern California. Many struggled to keep their businesses open on the second day after the nation's biggest utility Pacific Gas & Electric cut...

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....

The Latest: PG&E cuts power in San Francisco Bay Area

Oct. 10, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to the San Francisco Bay area, adding more than 200,000 customers to a sweeping blackout that already has left a million people in the dark. The utility said...

Melania Trump listens as teens share experiences with vaping

Oct. 9, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump said Wednesday she's glad some stores are pulling electronic cigarettes off the shelves amid an explosion in vaping among young people, calling it a necessary step to protect the next generation. "We need to be proactive before it gets out of control," she said at a White...