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A man falls asleep while sitting on a bench, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Venezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. The changes start to take effect Monday with introduction of a new currency that lops five zeros off the country's fast-depreciating bills. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 20, 2018 - 5:25 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Saul Jimenez just wanted to buy bread from his neighborhood bakery in Venezuela's capital on Monday. It did not go well. Banks and most other businesses were closed for the day as Venezuela launched a series of dramatic economic reforms, beginning with the release of a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, employees work at the SodaStream factory near the Bedouin city of Rahat, Southern Israel. Beverage giant PepsiCo has bought Israel's fizzy drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion. PepsiCo said on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, that it is acquiring all SodaStream's outstanding shares at $144 per share, a 32 percent premium to the 30-day volume weighted average price. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)
August 20, 2018 - 10:07 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — PepsiCo bought carbonated drink maker SodaStream for $3.2 billion on Monday, a move the beverage giant hopes will further help it adjust as consumers drink less traditional soda and opt more for flavored waters and other drinks. The deal is also a boon to SodaStream, which has...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2018, file photo, Marvin Werkley, of Mobile, Ala., looks over the wager sheets at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, Miss., before making a bet. Colleges are looking for a way to get a piece of the action from legal sports wagering. Schools in states where legal wagering has started or soon will are considering joining professional sports leagues in pursuing legislation requiring sports book operators to pay them a percentage of the amount wagered on their games. (John Fitzhugh/The Sun Herald via AP, File)
August 20, 2018 - 2:07 am
Concerned that expanded sports gambling will bring additional costs for ensuring their games are on the up-and-up, college athletic departments are looking for a way to get a piece of the action. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states across the country to join Nevada in having...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 photo is seen a wind turbine on the Aegean island of Tilos, Greece. When the blades of the 800 kilowatt wind turbine start turning, Tilos will become the first island in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power, feeding the needs of its population of some 400 people in winter, and some 3000 in summer. (AP Photo/ Iliana Mier)
August 19, 2018 - 3:19 am
TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington. The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump's critics from gaining access to financial records related to his Washington hotel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 17, 2018 - 8:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump's critics from getting access to financial records related to his Washington, D.C., hotel. Trump has been fighting multiple lawsuits that argue...
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August 17, 2018 - 6:14 pm
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado will allow alcohol sales in the general concourse areas at Folsom Field for the first time in more than two decades. The university said Friday that after a four-year trial of limited beer and wine sales through "beer gardens," the sales will be extended to the...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2013, file photo, Electric car maker Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk gives the opening keynote at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Musk has admitted in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll in what he calls an “excruciating year.” In the newspaper’s account of the interview, published Friday, Musk said he was working up to 120 hours a week and sometimes takes Ambien to get to sleep. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)
August 17, 2018 - 4:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Tesla CEO Elon Musk (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Tesla shares are closing with a loss of $29.95, about 9 percent, at $305.50 after CEO Elon Musk told the New York Times that the stress of the job is getting to him. The company lost $5.5 billion in market value Friday...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a man pushes a cart while shopping at a Walmart store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 16, 2018 - 6:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart raised its financial outlook for the year on Thursday after beating Wall Street's expectations for the quarter and seeing the strongest growth in more than a decade in sales at established stores. Its shares rose more than 9 percent. The upbeat report indicates that Walmart'...
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A self-driving Nuro vehicle parks outside a Fry's supermarket, which is owned by Kroger, as part of a pilot program for grocery deliveries Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Kroger Co. has chosen the Phoenix suburb as a test market for delivering groceries using driverless cars. The Toyota Prius will be used for the deliveries, manned by a human to monitor its performance. During phase two in the fall, deliveries will be made by a completely autonomous vehicle, called an R1, with no human aboard. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
August 16, 2018 - 4:29 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger's pilot program launched Thursday morning with a...
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FILE- In this May 16, 2018, file photo, a man enters the JC Penney store at the Manhattan mall in New York. J.C. Penney Co. reports earnings Thursday, Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 16, 2018 - 10:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney reported a bigger-than-expected loss in its fiscal second quarter as a key sales metric fell well short of Wall Street's view. The department store operator also cut its full-year forecast again, and its shares plunged 24 percent. The dismal report, released Thursday,...
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