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Gas prices remain steady in NJ, around nation

Jun. 19, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices remained steady in New Jersey and around the nation — and haven't moved much in a month — as total gasoline stocks grew and demand increased. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday...

Bloomington bookstore survives pandemic, toasts 50th year

Jun. 19, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Caveat Emptor is full of stories. About 40,000 carefully vetted books line the shelves inside the used and rare bookstore at 112 N. Walnut St. But after surviving five decades through multiple location changes, a rise in...

Mexican elderly lose work as grocery baggers, protest

Jun. 18, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic and changing consumer habits threaten to put an end to a decades-old practice of allowing elderly people in Mexico to earn extra income as grocery store baggers. Baggers over 60 had expected to return to stores last month as...

Virginia marijuana legalization timetable has many confused

Jun. 18, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's road to legalizing simple possession of marijuana has had some twists and turns, so it's not surprising that advocacy groups have been flooded with calls from people trying to understand exactly what will be allowed under state law as of July 1. ...

Union leader killed in Italy when truck forces picket line

Jun. 18, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A labor union leader was killed in northern Italy when a truck apparently broke through a picket line outside a supermarket warehouse facility Friday and struck him. Italian Premier Mario Draghi expressed sorrow for the death of Adil Belakhdim, 37, and said...

UK retail sales dip as lockdown easing allows socializing

Jun. 18, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Retail sales in Britain slipped back in May as people ventured out to spend money at restaurants and pubs following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, official figures showed Friday. The Office of National Statistics found that retail sales...

Republicans point to inflation in bid to retake Congress

Jun. 18, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices have whizzed past $3 per gallon in much of the nation. The cost of used cars and new furniture, airline tickets, department store blouses, ground beef and a Chipotle burrito are on the rise, too. Many economists say the price increases are...

Iowa to shutter state-run coronavirus Test Iowa in July

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa is ending its coronavirus testing program next month saying demand has fallen for testing at the state-funded drive-thru and clinic sites. “Demand for testing is at its lowest levels in more than a year since vaccine is now...

Ukraine police seize cash in raids on major ransomware gang

Jun. 16, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian police have carried out nearly two dozen raids targeting alleged associates of a Russian-speaking ransomware gang it blamed for a half billion dollars in cyberattacks and extortion that hit the United States and South Korea especially hard. A...

San Jose mandates videotaping of all gun purchases

Jun. 16, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose officials have passed a new gun law that requires retailers to video-record all firearm purchases, becoming the largest city in California with such a rule. The City Council unanimously approved the new law Tuesday, less than a month...