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FILE- This Aug. 27, 2010, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 24, 2018 - 7:15 pm
Wall Street ended a week of milestones with a few more Friday. The benchmark S&P 500 index closed at an all-time high, just two days after the current bull market in U.S. stocks became the longest in history. The Nasdaq composite and the Russell 2000 indexes also ended the day at all-time highs...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2016, file photo, Dylan Farrow attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Farrow is getting into the book business by releasing two YA novels. The story is set in a fantasy world where those in control of society use magic to change the truth. The first book, “HUSH,” will hit stores in fall 2020. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
August 24, 2018 - 4:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Farrow is getting into the book business by releasing two young adult novels. The story is set in a fantasy world where those in control of society use magic to change the truth. The first book, "HUSH," will hit stores in fall 2020. The series will be published by Wednesday...
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August 24, 2018 - 6:17 am
CAIRO (AP) — Tour operator Thomas Cook is evacuating all of its customers from a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada after two Britons died there this week under unclear circumstances. The move came after John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley in northern England, died while staying at the...
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August 24, 2018 - 5:05 am
LONDON (AP) — Tour operator Thomas Cook says it will move all of its customers out of a hotel at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada after a couple who were staying there died under mysterious circumstances. The move came after John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley in northern England, died while...
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Employees of the Sheraton Waikiki fill sandbags along the beach in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Honolulu. Hurricane Lane continues to move northwest and tropical storm conditions were expected to reach the Big Island later Thursday morning with hurricane conditions by nightfall. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 23, 2018 - 10:53 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii's mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state's biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way. Employees of the Sheraton Waikiki resort on the famed...
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August 23, 2018 - 1:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The national chain JOANN Fabric and Craft has created an online petition asking customers to support the privately held company's efforts to obtain exemptions for tariffs on products imported from China. A spokeswoman for the Hudson, Ohio-based chain said Thursday more than 20,000...
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FILE - This June 15, 2017, file photo shows bagged purchases from the Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss. The nation’s largest grocery chain will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
August 23, 2018 - 1:15 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those...
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August 23, 2018 - 11:12 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — PlaySugarHouse.com launched online sports betting integrated with its online casino on Thursday, the latest entrant into New Jersey's surging sports betting market. New Jersey gambling regulators had approved the site to go live Thursday morning; the company says it was...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2014 photo a Volkswagen e-up electric car is recharged on a recharging station in front of a building of the Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen said Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 it is planning a new car-sharing project and will invest in car connectivity. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, file)
August 23, 2018 - 5:55 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it's launching an all-electric car sharing service in Berlin using its battery powered Golf and Up! models as it seeks to build a business serving people in big cities who don't own cars. The company said Thursday that it planned to expand its We Share...
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FILE - This May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Target Corp. reports earnings Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
August 22, 2018 - 8:07 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy investments in stores and its online operations are paying off at Target, which reported strong numbers across the board in the second quarter. Sales at stores opened at least a year, a key measure for a retailer's health, rose 6.5 percent, the strongest growth in 13 years...
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