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Rolled joints for aching joints: More seniors use marijuana

Mar. 25, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland....

Slower manufacturing likely drag on small business optimism

Mar. 25, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year. Reports this month from the government and an industry group point to a drop in manufacturing activity. While the manufacturing sector is a...

Death toll rises to 62 in China chemical plant blast

Mar. 22, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 62 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. The death toll appeared likely to rise still further, with another 28 people still listed as missing, the...

How to lower chances of employee theft: 5 things to know

Mar. 20, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can reduce their chances of employee theft or limit their losses by implementing technological controls and checks and balances in their daily operations. The thin staffing at many small businesses can make them vulnerable to theft. So can small companies' tendency to have...

Breach of trust: Business owners deal with worker thefts

Mar. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Suelyn Farel got an email alert that someone had downloaded her entire customer database, she learned that two former employees had conspired to steal from her beauty products company. Farel had allowed the staffers to keep working after they each gave notice in late 2017; when they...

San Francisco floats ban on e-cigarettes pending US review

Mar. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids, with an official on Tuesday proposed what's believed to be the first U.S. ban on their sale until the federal government regulates vaping products. City Attorney Dennis Herrera...

Jury: Roundup weed killer is major factor in man's cancer

Mar. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man's cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. The unanimous verdict by the six-person jury in federal court in San...

Hawaii bills push 1st state ban on plastics in restaurants

Mar. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure targeting fast-food and full-service restaurants...

Oregon Blockbuster outlasts others to become last on Earth

Mar. 18, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out...

Expectations of weaker economy unites small business owners

Mar. 18, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Although small businesses vary widely in terms of size, industry and issues, they do appear to be generally united by a growing uneasiness about the economy. Several surveys and economic reports released in recent weeks show that company owners have more trust in their businesses than the...