Consumer products and services

October 15, 2019 - 3:48 am
BERLIN (AP) — Online fashion retailer Zalando says it wants at least 40% of its senior managers to be women within four years, following recent criticism that all five members of its management board are men. The Berlin-based company said Tuesday that it "aims for a balanced representation of women...
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October 14, 2019 - 6:04 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales sank 6.3% from a year earlier in September, putting the market on track to shrink for a second straight year at a time when brands are spending heavily to meet government targets to develop electric cars. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, an...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Ryan Parker, two pigs consume discarded milk at Nights And Weekends Homestead in Newport, Maine. The state of Maine has recently clarified rules about giving food waste to pig farms. (Photo courtesy Ryan Parker)
October 13, 2019 - 10:34 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...
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October 11, 2019 - 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of a popular independent bookstore in California will soon be CEO of the American Booksellers Association. The trade group announced Friday that Allison K. Hill will succeed Oren Teicher, who earlier this year said he was stepping down. Hill, currently president and CEO of...
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Tina Wheeler, manager of Dan and Vi's pizza poses for a photo, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Detroit. Dan and Vi’s pizza deli, one of the few eateries near the Detroit-Hamtramck General Motors plant, says sales have been down, though Wednesday’s noontime crowd snaked around the small shop nearly to the door. “We’re definitely noticing a difference in sales, but we’re gonna be OK,” said manager Tina Wheeler. “We’ve been in the neighborhood 56 years. We’re not going anywhere.” (AP Photo/Corey Williams)
October 11, 2019 - 12:27 am
DETROIT (AP) — Financial costs of the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors are proving worrisome to more than the automaker and its workers manning picket lines. Michigan's Treasury Department says that with all GM employees in Michigan on strike, state withholding taxes are...
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A person's phone shows HKmap.live apps as they join others at a rally to mark Taiwan's National Day, in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. A Hong Kong government official said on Thursday that Apple was responsible for removing a smartphone application which allowed activists to report police movements. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 10, 2019 - 3:58 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. And it has made it harder to find an emoji...
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General Motors employees picket outside the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan. during the nationwide UAW strike against GM, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
October 10, 2019 - 10:26 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They're scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time jobs while...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 09, 2019 - 9:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it's already been able to restore service to about 44,000 customers after it cut power to a million people because of high winds that create a high fire danger. Company...
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First lady Melania Trump, left, listens as Eric Asche with the Truth Initiative speaks during a listening session with teenagers about their experiences with electronic cigarettes and vaping in the Blue Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 09, 2019 - 7:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump said Wednesday she's glad some stores are pulling electronic cigarettes off the shelves amid an explosion in vaping among young people, calling it a necessary step to protect the next generation. "We need to be proactive before it gets out of control," she said at a...
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General Motors' Flint Assembly Plant employees line the street with picket signs during the nationwide UAW strike against General Motors on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
October 08, 2019 - 7:41 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union hit a snag Tuesday over what the union says is a lack of commitment by GM to build new vehicles in U.S. factories. In a letter to members, union Vice President Terry Dittes wrote that the union has told GM that it doesn't...
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