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This image from the website of Allied Wallet CEO Ahmad "Andy" Khawaja shows Khawaja posing with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Khawaja gave more than $4 million to Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign and other Democrats, then began extending his largesse to Republicans after a lunch with GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy two weeks after Trump clinched the presidency. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Khawaja has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore gambling operations get past the gates of the banking system.(Andy Khawaja via AP)
August 03, 2018 - 3:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities looking into the illegal sale of prescription drugs online are probing the business practices of payment processor Allied Wallet, according to a person with direct knowledge of the case. Allied Wallet's CEO has donated millions of dollars to both political...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and then-assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Ohio State expects to open fall camp as scheduled on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, but without coach Urban Meyer. Meyer was put on administrative leave on Wednesday, Aug. 1 over the handling of a longtime assistant who has been accused of domestic violence. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will be running the team while Ohio State investigates claims that Meyer’s wife knew about 2015 allegations of abuse against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith, who was fired last week. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
August 02, 2018 - 5:23 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio State's investigation of coach Urban Meyer's handling of abuse claims against an assistant coach (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won't be appearing in ads for Bob Evans restaurants. The Ohio-based restaurant chain announced this...
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FILE--In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, performers stand on stage during the Kabuki Spectacle in front of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, reported second-quarter earnings of $123 million. (AP Photo/John Locher, file)
August 02, 2018 - 3:59 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Industry analysts grilled MGM Resorts International executives Thursday after the company forecast weak results for the current quarter because — just like its competitors — it expects fewer scheduled entertainment events and lower room rates in Las Vegas this summer. Chairman and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, customers line up at a Taco Bell restaurant inside Miami International Airport in Miami. The parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut reported second-quarter results that beat Wall Street’s view, but a key sales metric failed to meet expectations. Sales at Pizza Hut restaurants open at least a year dipped 1 percent. KFC and Taco Bell reported a 2 percent rise in the metric. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
August 02, 2018 - 11:59 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Yum reported a key sales figure for the second quarter that fell short of Wall Street expectations, with results mixed for its Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut chains. The Louisville, Kentucky company said sales rose 1 percent at restaurants open at least a year. Analysts...
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Rainbows are seen over Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
August 02, 2018 - 10:34 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the heatwave in Europe (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A supermarket chain in Finland is inviting customers to spend the night at its air-conditioned store in Helsinki as Europe suffers through a heatwave. K-Supermarket said on its Facebook page that patrons hoping to cool...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, May 16, 2018, a woman hands over a watch to a man outside a Starbucks outlet under construction in Beijing, China. Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a coffee delivery venture on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, that adds to growing competition in China's booming delivery industry. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
August 02, 2018 - 7:25 am
BEIJING (AP) — Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a coffee delivery venture on Thursday, joining the growing competition in China's booming delivery industry. Starbucks Coffee Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said the venture starts next month in Beijing and Shanghai...
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FILE - This March 27, 2018, file photo shows the Waymo logo on the of a Jaguar I-Pace vehicle, in New York. Google spinoff Waymo and Phoenix's major transit agency are partnering to test self-driving vehicles that would also boost public transportation use. Waymo announced in a blog post the start of a pilot program Tuesday, July 31, that would allow riders to hail an autonomous car to the nearest Valley Metro transit stop. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 01, 2018 - 8:08 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Five months after Uber pulled its self-driving cars out of Arizona following a fatal accident, Google spinoff Waymo is putting the technology back on Phoenix streets in partnership with the city's transit system. Valley Metro, the agency that oversees metro Phoenix's light rail and...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2011, file photo, cans of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke sit in a cooler at a deli in Portland, Ore. Items ranging from canned beverages to airline tickets will likely get more expensive, companies warn, as they face higher costs. Procter & Gamble, one of the biggest makers of consumer products, said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, that Pampers prices will increase by an average of 4 percent in North America, while the Bounty, Charmin and Puffs brands could see 5 percent increases. (AP Photo, File)
August 01, 2018 - 3:12 am
The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs...
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Taxi drivers block the Gran Via avenue in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, July 30, 2018. Taxi drivers in Barcelona are blocking traffic on a major thoroughfare as part of an indefinite strike to protest the use of ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
July 31, 2018 - 5:32 am
MADRID (AP) — Traffic is still snarled in some of Spain's biggest cities as striking taxi drivers are extending their protest against ride-hailing services. Hundreds of taxis have spent a fourth consecutive night parked on the Gran Via, one of Barcelona's main downtown roads, while dozens of...
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This July 14, 2018, photo shows people placing bets on sporting events at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford N.J. On Monday, July 23, 2018, track operator Jeff Gural told The Associated Press the Meadowlands took in nearly $3.5 million in sports bets during its first nine days of operation. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
July 30, 2018 - 5:28 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two titans of the casino industry are racing to cash in on the newly created U.S. sports betting market, taking steps to expand their footprint and strengthen their positions as more states approve necessary regulations and people become more interested in legally gambling on pro...
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