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Visiting from France, Meyer Joseph, center, smokes a cigarette in front of luxury shops while talking with Lily Levy Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 08, 2019 - 3:36 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A fiery debate is breaking out across Beverly Hills as people at tony hair salons, gas stations and stores weigh in on whether the city of the rich and famous should become the first in the U.S. to outlaw the sale of tobacco products everywhere except a few cigar...
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A customer carries his shopping bag as she walks out of a newly-opened Amazon Go store, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in New York. The store will be the first Amazon Go store to accept cash. At its other shops, customers can only enter with an app that links to a credit card or an Amazon account.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
May 07, 2019 - 5:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a San Francisco vote on making retailers take cash (all times local): 2:30 p.m. San Francisco supervisors unanimously approved legislation requiring retailers to accept cash for payment. San Francisco on Tuesday followed Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Cruise AV, General Motor's autonomous electric Bolt EV is displayed in Detroit. A group of institutional investors is sinking $1.15 billion into GM Cruise LLC, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors. GM announced the investment from a group led by T. Rowe Price on Tuesday, May 7, and said it included money from GM, Honda and Japanese tech investment firm SoftBank. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
May 07, 2019 - 11:07 am
DETROIT (AP) — A group of institutional investors is sinking $1.15 billion into GM Cruise LLC, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors. Cruise announced the investment from a group led by T. Rowe Price on Tuesday and said it included money from GM, Honda and Japanese tech investment firm...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, New York Liberty's Tina Charles attends a preseason WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Charles has produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his record store and label _ known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records _ and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
May 06, 2019 - 2:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her already impressive resume. The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label — known as Charlie's Calypso City and Charlie's Records, respectively — and it debuted over the weekend...
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May 05, 2019 - 8:01 am
VITERBO, Italy (AP) — Italian police have arrested a 22-year-old U.S. man and accused him of killing a 74-year-old Italian owner of a clothing store in Viterbo, a city near Rome. Police arrested Michael Aaron Pang on Saturday and allege that he killed the storekeeper by striking him with a stool...
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In this March 22, 2019 photo, a customer makes a sports bet at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City N.J. Casinos in eight states are opening or expanding retail sportsbooks to capture in-person sports betting business, even while most of the growth in the new industry is forecast to be online. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
May 04, 2019 - 12:05 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mobile apps might drive the future of sports gambling in the United States, but casinos are still betting big on physical sportsbooks as legal wagering expands to new places. Lounges, bars and other shiny new spaces are giving casinos and other operators a new way to...
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Lucille Brien plays a video poker machine at the Monte Bar and Casino in Billings, Montana, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Montana, Iowa and Indiana are poised to be the first states to legalize sports betting this year, almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ended Nevada's monopoly. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
May 03, 2019 - 6:40 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana became the first state to legalize sports betting this year after Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill Friday for the state lottery to oversee a system of wagering through kiosks and mobile applications that could be running by fall. Montana is at the head of a wave of...
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FILE- In this March 4, 2019, file photo a worker cleans a jet bridge before passengers boarded an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Ore., at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. Another decent hiring gain would highlight the economy’s steady health just months after many analysts had expressed fear that growth was poised to weaken and a recession might soon occur. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 03, 2019 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The overall economy is adding jobs, but there's one spot that appears to be in a funk: retail. Overall, U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs in April, according to the government data released Friday. The retail sector lost 12,000 jobs that same month. That decline wasn't a blip; the...
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The marquee promotes the Miss USA pageant an hour before it began Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Grand Sierra hotel-casino in Reno, Nevada. It's the first time the northern Nevada city on the edge of the Sierra has hosted the event that dates to 1952. This year's contestants included a psychological operations expert in the Army reserves, an ex-NFL cheerleader working to become a surgical nurse and a lawyer who represents some prisoners for free. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
May 02, 2019 - 9:55 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the Miss USA pageant in Reno, Nevada (all times local, PDT): 6:45 p.m. The three finalists in this year's Miss USA competition are from North Carolina, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst earned a law degree and an MBA at Wake Forest University...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, people put their luggage in a private taxi as they arrive from the U.S. to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba. In 1958, the father of José Ramón López owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. All were taken in Cuba's socialist revolution. Starting Thursday, they will be able to file lawsuits against European and American companies doing business on their former properties, thanks to the Trump administration's decision to activate a provision of the U.S. embargo on Cuba with the potential to affect foreign investment in Cuba for many years to come. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
May 02, 2019 - 5:44 pm
MIAMI (AP) — In 1958, José Ramón López's father owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. Conchita Beltrán's family had about 2,160 acres (874 hectares) of sugar and tobacco fields. And the families of Mickael Behn and Javier García Bengochea had docks in Havana and...
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