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Nebraska economic development director to leave post

Jul. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's state economic development director is leaving his post next month. Director Dave Rippe plans to return to his hometown of Hastings to work in real estate and talent development after he steps down on Aug. 9. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the departure Monday, praising Rippe...

What consumers should know about Equifax $700M settlement

Jul. 22, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

Equifax's $700 million settlement with the U.S. government over a massive 2017 data breach includes up to $425 million for consumers. The breach was one of the largest ever to threaten private information, affecting 147 million people. The compromised data included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses,...

The Latest: Navajo Nation wants feds to address opioid risk

Jul. 22, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a federal audit that found U.S. government hospitals put Native Americans at risk of opioid abuse (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Navajo Nation leaders are troubled by a federal audit that found government hospitals have put Native American patients more at risk for...

FDA approves 9 generic versions of nerve pain drug Lyrica

Jul. 22, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic copies of a popular, pricey pill for nerve pain. The agency on Monday said it approved nine generic versions of Pfizer Inc.'s Lyrica. It is also used for seizures and fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic,...

The Latest: Con Ed defends decision to shut off power

Jul. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on power outages amid hot weather in New York City (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Con Edison is defending its decision to shut off power to thousands of New Yorkers amid the weekend's high temperatures. The utility said in a statement Monday that disconnecting power was "necessary...

Correction: Duke Energy-Coal Power Retirement story

Jul. 22, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a story July 21 about Duke Energy's plans to retire its coal-fired power plants, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company planned to retire all of its coal-fired units by 2038. The company said it has a coal-fired plant in Edwardsport that currently is scheduled to...

CarMax offering home delivery in Richmond, Hampton Roads

Jul. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — CarMax has introduced a new program that will allow some Virginia shoppers to buy a car without having to leave their home. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Goochland County-based retailer's new service with home delivery is currently available in Richmond and Hampton Roads but...

Kansas adds electric car charging at turnpike service areas

Jul. 21, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Electric charging stations have been introduced at the Topeka, Lawrence and Towanda services areas on the Kansas Turnpike. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the additions Wednesday, calling the charging stations "a game changer" for electric vehicle drivers, the Topeka Capital-Journal...

China launches STAR, tech stock market to boost industry

Jul. 20, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Trading starts Monday on a Chinese stock market for high-tech companies that play a key role in official development plans that are straining relations with Washington. Regulators have approved 25 companies in information technology and other fields seen by communist leaders as a path to...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....