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Thousands of homes still without gas service after blasts

Nov. 17, 2018 12:28 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing. The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or...

1st pot shops in eastern US get OK to open in Massachusetts

Nov. 16, 2018 6:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Friday to begin selling to recreational customers next week, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States. Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they would open...

Brightline to become Virgin Trains USA

Nov. 16, 2018 2:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Brightline is set to become Virgin Trains USA less than a year after launching its passenger train service in South Florida. Brightline and London-based Virgin Group announced a partnership Friday to rebrand the fledgling intercity rail company in 2019. A news release says Virgin Group will...

APNewsBreak: Obama's memoir sells more than 725,000 copies

Nov. 16, 2018 2:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — First day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books...

Fashion show blends Cuban private enterprise, US sponsorship

Nov. 16, 2018 1:05 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Models in Cuba strutted in paint-stained shirts and leather construction boots Thursday night in an unusual blend of local private enterprise and American corporate sponsorship. The open-air fashion show put on by the Cuban label Clandestina and internet giant Google was titled "Country Under...

Japan's economy shrank in July-September as trade falls

Nov. 13, 2018 11:27 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese economy shrank at an annualized rate of 1.2 percent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell, according to government data released Wednesday. Cabinet Office preliminary data showed seasonally adjusted gross domestic product — the total value of...

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

Nov. 13, 2018 10:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group. The publisher announced Tuesday that various imprints would be consolidated and merged, ranging from the religious imprint FaithWords to the feminist Seal Press. Among those leaving are Hachette Books...

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb

Nov. 13, 2018 6:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has set its sights on two of the nation's largest and most powerful metro areas, announcing Tuesday it had chosen a buzzy New York neighborhood and a suburb of Washington for its new East Coast headquarters. The online shopping giant ended its 14-month-long competition for second...

The "worst toys" for the holidays, according to safety group

Nov. 13, 2018 6:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its 46th annual list of the 10 "worst toys"...

Gov: Amazon 'largest jobs commitment' in Tennessee history

Nov. 13, 2018 4:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that an Amazon operations hub expected to create 5,000 jobs in Tennessee will be "the single largest jobs commitment made by a company in Tennessee's history." Amazon will invest $230 million-plus to locate its Operations Center of Excellence in...