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Winfrey chooses the novel "American Dirt" for her book club

Jan. 21, 2020 8:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeanine Cummins' “American Dirt,” one of the year's most anticipated and debated novels, is Oprah Winfrey's new pick for her book club. “American Dirt,” published Tuesday, tells of a bookstore owner in Acapulco, Mexico, who loses much of her family to a murderous...

Gas in Massachusetts down a penny per gallon

Jan. 20, 2020 12:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gas prices in Massachusetts are down slightly, according to the latest price survey from AAA Northeast. The organization reported Monday that prices for a gallon of self-serve, regular are averaging $2.53. That's one cent less than the national average of $2.54, but 12 cents higher than the...

Rhode Island gas prices drop by a penny

Jan. 20, 2020 12:26 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gas prices in Rhode Island are down by a penny according to AAA Northeast's latest price survey released Monday. The average price of self-serve, regular was $2.56 per gallon. That's 2 cents above the national average, and 20 cents higher than the average price in Rhode Island a...

Drivers in NJ, around nation see gas prices fall

Jan. 18, 2020 11:21 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drivers in New Jersey and around the nation are seeing falling gas prices following a week of crude oil price fluctuations and uncertainty due to tension in the Middle East. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.62, down two...

New Jersey sets new goal for electric cars, offers incentive

Jan. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey set lofty new goals Friday as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill boosting the number of electric vehicles in the state over the next five to 15 years and establishing an incentive of as much as $5,000 for people who buy them. The legislation is being hailed by...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 17 (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records

Jan. 17, 2020 5:05 PM EST

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs. The benchmark S&P 500 index also notched its second-straight weekly gain. Technology stocks powered much of the market's broad gains, along with communication services companies...

Moody's says Kansas layoffs threaten government tax revenues

Jan. 17, 2020 3:56 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moody's Investors Service said Friday that layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems are “credit negative” for the city of Wichita, Sedgwick County and local communities because the workforce reduction threatens retail sales, lowering sales tax revenues that support government...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo specialist Meric Greenbaum, center, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth

Jan. 17, 2020 7:54 AM EST

Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China's economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes were broadly higher, while markets in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong closed with gains, after the U.S.'s...

Missouri farmer ran one of the biggest frauds in US history

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running...

FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 file photo shows an Old Navy Store in Paramus, N.J. On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, Gap Inc. says it no longer intends to spin off Old Navy as a separate entity after determining it would be too costly and complex, especially given the retailer's recent struggles. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Gap dumps plans to spin off Old Navy as a separate entity

Jan. 16, 2020 6:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc. says it no longer intends to spin off Old Navy as a separate public company. The retailer said Thursday that its board scuttled the move after determining it would be too costly and complex, especially given the company's recent struggles. Its stock was up about 5% in after-hours...