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This Week: Retail sales, Fed policy update, Kroger earns

Jun. 14, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: SIZING UP RETAIL SALES The Commerce Department issues its May tally of U.S. retail sales Tuesday. Economists predict sales fell a seasonally...

Food insecurity worsens, even in America's breadbasket

Jun. 14, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As the sun set behind an overcast sky in early December, deepening the cold of the late afternoon, Jesse Rennich stood in line with about 30 others before an Adopt-a-Block food distribution drop at Tatley Place in south Bismarck. Dressed in jeans...

Average US price of gas rises 2 cents per gallon to $3.13

Jun. 13, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents to $3.13 per gallon over the past three weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that crude oil prices rose more during the same period but these...

Wyoming store a witness to national collector card craze

Jun. 13, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — In a year when sports and trading card collecting has set records and sold out of stores, four athletes known by a single name top the list of most popular cards, joined by an unlikely addition. Kobe. LeBron. Michael. Zion. ...

Pandemic pools lead to chlorine shortages in some US areas

Jun. 13, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — An odd thing happened as the COVID-19 pandemic took full hold of the United States last summer. Suddenly, as people were stuck at home, they quickly realized that they needed an outlet to feel some sense of normalcy. What better...

Gas prices rise across nation, tick up in New Jersey

Jun. 12, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices rose across the nation as a whole and also ticked up in New Jersey last week. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.06, up a penny from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average...

Man kills woman, child, himself at Florida supermarket

Jun. 10, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man fatally shot a woman and a child inside a Florida supermarket Thursday before killing himself, authorities said, causing dozens to flee the store in panic. The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. at a Publix located in a strip...

Iowa to begin beer, wine sales to general public at stadium

Jun. 10, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will expand alcohol sales at Kinnick Stadium and its other athletic venues as part of a pilot program beginning this fall, the athletic department announced Thursday. Beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout Kinnick Stadium...

As children return to classrooms, stores expect strong sales

Jun. 10, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As more children go back to the physical classroom and families look to restart their lives, back-to-school spending this year could top pre-pandemic levels, according to one key spending measure. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across...

Washington's 'joints for jabs' vaccine program falling flat

Jun. 09, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — It was designed as an innovative way to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, but Washington’s new “joints for jabs” program is off to a rough start. Officials announced Monday that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting...