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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020 file photograph, the company logo sits on an unsold 2020 Model X at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. Shares of Tesla Inc. fell 4% in early trading Thursday, Feb. 13, after the electric vehicle and solar panel maker said it would sell more than $2 billion worth of additional shares. The move comes just two weeks after CEO Elon Musk said the company had enough cash to fund its capital programs and it didn't need to raise any more money. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

German court halts site preparation for Tesla factory

Feb. 16, 2020 4:28 PM EST

A German court has temporarily halted the site preparation for Tesla Inc.'s first electric car factory in Europe. The Higher Administrative Court for Berlin-Brandenburg ordered Tesla to stop clearing trees on the wooded site near Berlin until it considers an environmental group's appeal. In a statement Sunday,...

New York attorney general drops T-Mobile-Sprint challenge

Feb. 16, 2020 4:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general said Sunday the state will not appeal a judge's decision approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 14 attorneys general who sued to stop T-Mobile's purchase of...

Spokane area continued upward trend in employment in 2019

Feb. 16, 2020 3:32 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An increasing population and a booming economy have spurred employment growth around Spokane, according to state labor officials. The region covering Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, saw more than 4,600 new jobs in 2019, surpassing that mark for the fifth consecutive year,...

Sheriff: Probe found no abuse at Iowa lawmaker's hog farm

Feb. 16, 2020 3:26 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An investigation found no animal abuse at an Iowa state senator's hog farm despite video posted by an animal rights group that appeared to show pigs suffering, authorities said. Two people with Direct Action Everywhere, a Berkeley, California-based group, entered a hog farm last...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Cavaliers owner and Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert speaks at a news conference announcing the 2022 NBA All -Star game, in Cleveland. Gilbert is slowly returning to work eight months after suffering a stroke. The 58-year-old entrepreneur returned to his Detroit office early this year. In an interview with Crain's Detroit Business, he said he spends one or two days a week in his office, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Quicken Loans founder Gilbert back to work after stroke

Feb. 16, 2020 2:45 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Quicken Loans founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert is slowly returning to work eight months after suffering a stroke. Gilbert, 58, returned to his Detroit office early this year. He's there one or two days a week, using a wheelchair and accompanied by a service dog named Cowboy. He also spends...

FILE-In this Friday, April 15, 2016 file photo, Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill's End Farm in Penobscot, Maine. Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption. A state lawmaker has proposed requiring producers that sell eggs in the state to follow guidelines that include cage-free housing systems that allow chickens to engage in behaviors such as perching and spreading their wings. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine might be the next state to require cage-free eggs

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates have concerns about what it would mean for businesses. Democratic Rep. Maggie O'Neil of Saco has proposed requiring...

In this undated image provided by Facebook Stan Chudnovsky, the vice president of Messenger at Facebook, poses for a photo. Chudnovsky heads the messaging app that's used by more than 1.3 billion people each month and recently spoke to the AP about his work and views on privacy. (Facebook via AP)

Insider Q&A: Facebook VP of Messenger discusses privacy

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At Facebook, Stan Chudnovsky oversees the Messenger chat app that's used by well over 1 billion people each month. He's playing a key role in helping Facebook integrate that app with its other chat tools, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct. The massive project has already gotten pushback...

Santa Fe officials want daily flights to LA amid film boom

Feb. 16, 2020 10:35 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Economic development officials are seeking the return of daily flights between Santa Fe and Los Angeles to support the ongoing growth of film production in New Mexico's capital city. Officials said such flights would have a significant impact on the economy of northern New Mexico, the...

In this Feb. 6, 2020, photo, a Clean Colorado highway sign sponsored by the Northern Lights Cannabis Co. is displayed on eastbound 6th Avenue west of Sheridan Blvd. in Denver. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

Feb. 16, 2020 10:29 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs. Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible producers sponsor roadways throughout the state,...

FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Ursula Burns speaks at the Eighth Annual John Wooden Global Leadership Award Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif. Burns, a trailblazer among African American women in the business world, wants to help make sure that the stories of other pioneering women like her are not forgotten. The HistoryMakers, an oral archive that's recorded the stories of more than 3,300 African Americans over the last 20 years, has launched The WomanMakers initiative with a $1 million gift from Burns, the former head of Xerox. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for UCLA Anderson/AP Images, File)

$1 million grant goes to record black women's histories

Feb. 16, 2020 10:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A trailblazer among black women in the business world wants to help make sure that the stories of other pioneering women like her are not forgotten. The HistoryMakers, an oral archive that's recorded the stories of more than 3,300 African Americans, launched The WomanMakers initiative...