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Gap's 2Q profits fall, reflecting chain still mired in slump

Aug. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc.'s fiscal second quarter profits fell 43%, dragged down by costs related to store closings and the restructuring of its business. The beleaguered San Francisco-based chain also reported comparable sales declines at its three top brands, including at Old Navy, once a bright spot. The...

Suit says Minnesota company fired worker over using crutches

Aug. 22, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota-based payroll servicing company is being sued by a federal agency for allegedly firing an employee because she needed crutches after surgery. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in a release it filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Employer Solutions...

Mexico fines Cancun airport $3.7 million for taxi monopoly

Aug. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's anti-monopoly agency has fined the Cancun international airport the equivalent of about $3.7 million for not allowing more taxis to compete and lower fares for travelers. The federal competition commission said the airport improperly resisted allowing more taxis at the airport,...

Cooper vetoes North Carolina billboard relocation bill

Aug. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to let billboard companies relocate their signs more easily when the land on which they stand is condemned for a highway or other project has been vetoed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. The measure got final legislative approval earlier this month, after some...

Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

Aug. 22, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and...

Pence visits Utah to promote trade deal with Mexico, Canada

Aug. 22, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence once again called on Congress to ratify the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada during a visit to a congressional swing district in Utah. Speaking to several hundred employees and local leaders at Merit Medical, a disposable medical...

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in...

The Latest: Pence calls for a Mexico, Canada trade deal vote

Aug. 22, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Utah (all times local): 12 noon Vice President Mike Pence is keeping up his public campaign to pressure Congress to approve the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada this year. Pence spoke glowingly about the...

Businessman-art collector Leonard A. Lauder writing memoir

Aug. 22, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire. HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Lauder's book will come out next year. It's...

Pence steps up pressure for trade deal with Mexico, Canada

Aug. 21, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence stepped up pressure on Congress to support the Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, taking his pitch Wednesday to a congressional swing district in New Mexico. Speaking to a crowd at an oilfield services company in the Permian basin...