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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Taeko Bufford, left, and Diane Cervelli, right, pose for a photo in Honolulu. The U.S. Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Hawaii bed and breakfast that wouldn't rent a room to the lesbian couple. The justices on Monday, March 18, 2019 left in place Hawaii state court rulings that found the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu violated Hawaii's anti-discrimination law by turning the couple away. Owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
March 18, 2019 - 4:28 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple. The justices rejected an appeal from Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young,...
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March 18, 2019 - 3:44 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A former vice president at the United Auto Workers was charged Monday in a scheme with Fiat Chrysler executives to buy meals, golf and other perks with the automaker's money — the highest-ranking official snagged in an investigation that has exposed corruption between labor and...
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FILE In this May 31, 2018, file photo a customer enters the Apple store in New York. Apple on Monday, March 18, 2019, unveiled a new iPad that's thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 18, 2019 - 1:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has unveiled a new iPad that's thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet. The new iPad Air will cost $499 and sport a screen that measures 10.5 inches diagonally. That compares with the standard, 9.7-inch iPad, which Apple will still sell for $329. Apple...
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March 18, 2019 - 12:56 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group said Monday that its manufacturing facility in Wisconsin will be producing flat-screen panels by the end of 2020, with construction starting later this year. The news came after the worldwide electronics manufacturing leader sent mixed signals earlier...
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March 18, 2019 - 8:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is escalating his pressure on General Motors, as he calls for the company to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant. Trump tweeted Monday that GM should: "Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump," and "Bring jobs home!" Trump...
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March 17, 2019 - 8:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work. Trump's arm-twisting came in a series of separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday . He capped his weekend rant against the GM...
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FILE- In this March 12, 2019, file photo Rhode Island Rep. Teresa Tanzi addresses legislators during a late afternoon session on gaming at the State House in Providence, R.I. As lawmakers nationwide decide whether to allow sports betting in their state, they’re debating whether bets, like almost everything else in our lives, can be managed online or whether wagers should be made only in person. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
March 17, 2019 - 9:16 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets...
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March 15, 2019 - 4:32 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A jury has decided Apple should pay $31 million in damages for infringing on patents for technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm that helps iPhones quickly connect to the internet and extend their battery life. The verdict Friday in a San Diego federal court follows a two-...
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March 15, 2019 - 2:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men who died while using the product. The final rule announced Friday bars the manufacture and import of consumer products containing methylene chloride. The...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, shoppers exit the L.L. Bean retail store in Freeport, Maine. In a statement on Friday, March 15, 2019, the company said revenues grew by 1 percent in 2018, nearly flat at $1.6 billion, in a changing and challenging environment for retailers. The board on Friday awarded performance bonuses of 5 percent of pay for workers. Last year, there were no annual bonuses for the first time in a decade. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
March 15, 2019 - 11:41 am
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean enjoyed a small increase in sales in the past year, enough so that it's restoring bonuses for its 5,400 eligible workers, officials said Friday. The Maine-based retailer's revenues grew by 1 percent, nearly flat at $1.6 billion, in a changing and challenging...
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