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Big cities take aim at prescription painkillers

WASHINGTON | Some of the nation's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets.

September 16, 2014 12:50 pm
AP Interview: Durbin denies 'bullying' businesses

AP Interview: Durbin denies 'bullying' businesses

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in Chicago. Durbin is running for re-election against Illinois State Sen. Jim Oberweis R-Sugar Grove, Ill., in the November general election. 

September 15, 2014 2:02 pm
Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows category four Hurricane Odile taken at 5:45 a.m. EDT Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California penins…

September 15, 2014 12:14 pm
Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

NEW YORK | Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones.

September 15, 2014 9:46 am
Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

Microsoft to buy 'Minecraft' maker for $2.5B

Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft will acquire Stockholm-based game maker Mojang, the maker of the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, the company announced Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)

September 15, 2014 9:46 am
Apple reveals larger iPhones and smartwatch

Apple reveals larger iPhones and smartwatch

Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. The iPhone 6 will have a screen measuring 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

September 09, 2014 3:15 pm

Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot confirmed on Monday that its payment systems have been hacked in a data breach that could affect millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

September 09, 2014 8:00 am

CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early

As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

September 03, 2014 8:22 am
Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Businesses: Quake cleanup shouldn't deter tourists

Signs and caution tape block the street in front of the earthquake-damaged Vintner's Collective multi-winery tasting room Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The building dates from the late 1800s. The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of Californi…

August 25, 2014 5:04 pm
Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

A cracked section of roadway is shown in the Carneros district following an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging his…

August 25, 2014 2:54 pm
Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

Quake in California's wine country injures dozens

A youngster rides his scooter over a sidewalk buckled by an earthquake Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A large earthquake caused significant damage and left at least three critically injured in California's northern Bay Area early Sunday, igniting fires, sending at least 87 people to …

August 25, 2014 10:47 am

Gordon has thirst for fun at Delaware brewery

MILTON, Del. | Jeff Gordon may as well have been any average sports fan, sliding up to the bar and ordering a beer.

August 20, 2014 7:54 pm
NASCAR puts pressure of preserving tires on teams

NASCAR puts pressure of preserving tires on teams

FORT WORTH, Texas | NASCAR will not regulate tire pressures at Texas Motor Speedway, and if drivers have tire failures during Sunday's race officials believe they won't be able to blame Goodyear.

April 03, 2014 7:00 pm
Has the Fed been fueling bubbles? You be the judge

Has the Fed been fueling bubbles? You be the judge

WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve's super-low interest-rate policies have inflated a slew of dangerous asset bubbles. Or so critics say.

December 21, 2013 12:30 pm

Pet owners buy organic, raid fridge to feed Fido

Organic kibble? All-natural chow? Fido and Fluffy don't know it, but their owners want them to eat better, and they are forking over big bucks to make it happen

October 29, 2013 11:40 am
Dodge Avenger undercuts Kia, Hyundai

Dodge Avenger undercuts Kia, Hyundai

The 2013 mid-size sedan with the lowest starting price in the United States isn't a Kia or Hyundai. It's the Dodge Avenger, which has seats for five, a good-sized trunk and distinctive Dodge front styling — all for $20,390 including destination charge.

June 22, 2013 11:57 am
Nike cutting ties to Livestrong

Nike cutting ties to Livestrong

AUSTIN, Texas | With Nike's help, Lance Armstrong's Livestrong cancer charity turned a little yellow wristband into a global symbol for cancer survivors.

May 28, 2013 5:35 pm
Nike cutting ties to Livestrong

Nike cutting ties to Livestrong

Nike Inc. is cutting ties with the Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong cancer charity. The move by the sports company ends a nine-year relationship that helped the foundation raise more than $100 million and made the charity's signature yellow wristband an international symbol for cancer survivors.

May 28, 2013 5:35 pm

Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto

LOS ANGELES | Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.

May 27, 2013 12:22 am

Make a room your own with custom fabric, wallpaper

When Renee Pedro bought a house with mid-century décor, she decided to embrace the look.

March 13, 2013 12:00 am
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