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From Bogart to millennials: Italian hat maker tries new look

Feb. 17, 2019 5:12 AM EST

SPINETTA MARENGO, Italy (AP) — Hats off, Bogie. The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials by pushing into high-end fashion, streetwear and even...

Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

Feb. 16, 2019 10:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion....

Ballpark mustard maker drops Indians' Chief Wahoo logo

Feb. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The maker of Cleveland's ballpark mustard is removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its branding and packaging to maintain longstanding ties with the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Cleveland.com reports the Indians have told official partners like Bertman Foods Co., the maker of Bertman...

Candy company exec who mass-produced Peeps gets his own day

Feb. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — With prime Peeps season about to get underway, the Pennsylvania city where they're "born" is honoring the man who brought marshmallow chicks to the masses. The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez proclaimed Friday as "Bob Born Day" in a ceremony at...

PepsiCo moves to profit in 4Q, sees tax benefit

Feb. 15, 2019 10:29 AM EST

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo moved to a profit in its fourth quarter, getting a boost from a large tax benefit as sales in its Frito-Lay unit North America strengthened. Shares rose $2.36, or 2.1 percent, to $114.95 in Friday morning trading. The food and beverage company recorded a $5.3 billion tax...

US industrial output tumbled 0.6 percent in January

Feb. 15, 2019 10:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.6 percent in January, stemming in large part from an 8.8 percent plunge in the making of motor vehicles and auto parts. The Federal Reserve said Friday that that the manufacturing component of the index dropped 0.9 percent last month, reversing a 0.8...

European car sales slide in January

Feb. 15, 2019 8:50 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The European carmakers' association says new passenger car sales in the region dropped by 4.6 percent in January, weighed down by big declines in Spain and Italy. Despite the drop, the association said Friday that the 1.2 million cars sold last month in the European Union marked the...

Trump's new trade decision: Impose tariffs on imported cars?

Feb. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Sometimes, on a bad night, Brad Strong wakes at 2 a.m. and can't get back to sleep. The insomnia isn't about his family or money or health. It's about tariffs. The Strong family's three car dealerships in Salt Lake City could suffer a significant blow if President Donald Trump proceeds with...

Ikea woos India's rising consumer class, tapping new markets

Feb. 15, 2019 12:23 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — In Hyderabad's bustling Nampally furniture market, customers explore a crowded, dusty labyrinth of shops, haggle over prices and work with carpenters to design made-to-order housewares. This is the competition Swedish giant Ikea faces in tackling the $40 billion Indian market for...

City mulls $5M penalty over paid power plant 'supporters'

Feb. 14, 2019 6:45 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major utility company will learn next week whether the use of paid actors to gin up phony support for a new gas-fired power plant will result in the project being delayed or derailed by New Orleans' City Council. Entergy New Orleans has agreed to a $5 million penalty in return for...