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Family Dollar closing Arkansas facility where rodents found

May. 18, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family Dollar is closing an Arkansas distribution facility where more than 1,000 rodents were found earlier this year, forcing the recall of items from hundreds of stores, the company said Wednesday. The company said it plans to close the facility in West...

With Roe in doubt, some fear tech surveillance of pregnancy

May. 18, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Chandler Jones realized she was pregnant during her junior year of college, she turned to a trusted source for information and advice. Her cellphone. “I couldn’t imagine before the internet, trying to navigate this,” said Jones, 26, who...

Americans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization

May. 13, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports with legal gambling outlets in the four years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to offer it. On Saturday's anniversary of the decision in a case brought by New Jersey,...

Spain, Portugal sign off on plans to temper energy prices

May. 13, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain and Portugal on Friday signed off on a temporary cap on natural gas prices, in a coordinated move described by Portugal’s environment minister as an “unprecedented” bid to temper soaring energy prices and inflation. As energy prices surge across Europe,...

Crypto comes to Washington. Will the millions buy influence?

May. 12, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Erin Houchin braced for the worst when a mysterious, well-financed group started buying television ads last month in her highly competitive southern Indiana congressional race. Houchin assumed she would face a negative blitz, like the one that crushed her in 2016...

Judge finds lame-duck settlement language unconstitutional

May. 10, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Provisions in contentious Wisconsin lame-duck legislation that require Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul to get Republican lawmakers' permission to settle certain lawsuits are unconstitutional, a judge has ruled. The Wisconsin State Journal reported ...

Face-scanner Clearview agrees to limits in court settlement

May. 09, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Facial recognition startup Clearview AI has agreed to restrict the use of its massive collection of face images to settle allegations that it collected people's photos without their consent. The company in a legal filing Monday agreed to permanently stop selling...

California moves to embrace cryptocurrency and regulate it

May. 04, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, which has a economy larger than all but four countries and where much of the world's technological innovation is born, on Wednesday became the first state to formally begin examining how to broadly adapt to cryptocurrency and related innovations. ...

Legislators send data privacy "bill of rights" to governor

Apr. 28, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Consumers in Connecticut will be able to know when their personal information is being tracked and how it's being used under a wide-ranging data privacy bill that's headed to Gov. Ned Lamont's desk. The legislation, dubbed a “consumer bill of rights,”...

Arkansas sues Family Dollar over rodents found in facility

Apr. 28, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is suing Family Dollar over the discovery of more than 1,000 rodents in a distribution facility in the state that prompted the discount retail chain to recall items purchased from hundreds of stores in the South. The lawsuit, filed Thursday by...