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Louisiana retailers can now apply for alcohol home delivery

Jul. 23, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Retailers can now apply for a permit from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control to deliver beer, wine and liquor. News outlets report the agency said Tuesday it's now accepting applications. Permits could be issued as soon as early August. Lawmakers passed legislation...

UPS adds pickup spots at retailers, seeks to fly more drones

Jul. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — United Parcel Service Inc. is responding to the growth in online shopping and pressures for speedy delivery by seeking to expand its drone deliveries and adding thousands of new spots where customers can pick up packages. The Atlanta-based package delivery giant said Tuesday it is adding...

Mexico uncovers massive migrant smuggling ring using trucks

Jul. 22, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Monday they have uncovered an industrial-scale migrant smuggling ring using tractor-trailer rigs disguised as freight deliveries for major companies. President Andres Manuel López Obrador said authorities found a tractor-trailer disguised with the logo of...

Rhode Island gasoline prices dip by a penny

Jul. 22, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The price of a gallon of gas in Rhode Island has trickled down by a penny. AAA Northeast said Monday that self-serve, regular us selling in the state for an average of $2.74 per gallon, 1 cent lower than last week. Rhode Island's price is 2 cents lower than the national average and...

Robbery suspect wanted in grocery store owner's slaying

Jul. 22, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Police in Mississippi are looking for the person responsible for fatally shooting a grocery store owner during an armed robbery. News outlets report 59-year-old Lisa Nguyen was shot at Steelman Grocery in Hattiesburg on Saturday afternoon. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict...

AAA: Michigan gas prices fall 13 cents to $2.81 per gallon

Jul. 22, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have fallen about 13 cents from a week ago to about $2.81 per gallon. The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded is about 9 cents less than a year ago. The decline follows recent...

Gas prices fall a bit in northern New England

Jul. 22, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices have dipped a bit in northern New England. The latest GasBuddy survey shows the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.63 in New Hampshire, down 1.6 cents from last week. Prices in Maine and Vermont dropped just under a penny to $2.70 and $2.71 a gallon, respectively. The...

Vystar acquires Rotmans furniture store

Jul. 22, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The largest furniture and flooring store in New England has been acquired. Vystar Corp. announced Monday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Worcester-based Rotmans Furniture and Carpet. Rotmans, one of the largest independent furniture retailers in the U.S., with...

LL Bean poised to open 1st store in Canada

Jul. 22, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is poised to open its first store in Canada. The Maine-based retailer announced Thursday that the 13,000-square-foot (1,210-sq. meter) store will open Aug. 23 in Oakville Place, just outside of Toronto. The retailer announced last year that it would be looking to open...

Flavored tobacco targeted in bid to stem youth vaping

Jul. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — One year after concluding a successful campaign to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 across Massachusetts, anti-smoking advocates are now zeroing in on flavored tobacco products like those popular with electronic cigarette users. Invoking comparisons to the "Joe Camel"...