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Cars block a street during a protest against a rise in gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Demonstrators angered by a 50% increase in government-set gasoline prices blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire. (AP Photo)
November 16, 2019 - 8:26 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person...
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In this Nov. 6, 2019, photo, people shop at Books & Books, a locally owned business, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami. On Friday, Nov. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for October. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
November 15, 2019 - 11:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth. Still, the details of the report were weaker than expected, economists said, and several analysts reduced their forecasts for...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shoppers look at televisions at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 14, 2019 - 11:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering some holiday cheer heading into the crucial Christmas shopping season even as many of its traditional peers struggle. The nation’s largest retailer raised its annual profit expectations on Thursday after reporting strong third-quarter results helped by its...
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This undated image provided by Hyatt shows a water station with reusable water bottles. Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to remove small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste. Hyatt is also cutting down on the use of plastic water bottles at meetings and events and increasing the number of water stations in its hotels so guests can refill their own water bottles. (Courtesy of Hyatt via AP)
November 13, 2019 - 4:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste. Hyatt says it is shifting to large, multi-use bottles for shampoo, conditioner, bath gel and lotion at its 875 hotels worldwide. The Chicago-based...
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In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, shoppers react as they take part in a promotion ahead of Nov. 11 Singles day in Beijing. Chinese online shoppers hunt bargains on Singles Day, a holiday invented in the 1990s that has become the world's busiest day for online commerce. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 11, 2019 - 7:45 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com reported nearly $70 billion in sales Monday on Singles Day, an annual marketing event that is the world's busiest online shopping day. The day was a temporary relief to retailers that face fading demand as Chinese consumers tighten their...
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FILE - This April 25, 2019, file photo shows a Burger King in Redwood City, Calif. Burger King is introducing a plant-based burger in Europe. But it's not the Impossible Whopper that's been a hit with U.S. customers. Instead, a Dutch company called The Vegetarian Butcher will supply the new soy-based Rebel Whopper. It will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2,400 restaurants across Europe. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 11, 2019 - 7:20 pm
Burger King is introducing a plant-based burger in Europe. But it's not the Impossible Whopper that's been a hit with U.S. customers. Instead, a Dutch company called The Vegetarian Butcher will supply the new soy-based Rebel Whopper. It will go on sale Tuesday at 2,400 restaurants across Europe...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo, State Rep. Jaime Andrade holds a flag outside the visitation for Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez at a funeral home in Des Plaines, Ill.A federal bribery charge against an Illinois legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers be allowed to lobby other units of government. Illinois like most states allows legislators to lobby outside state government. Andrade said he registered as a Chicago lobbyist and started charging for his services when the state budget crisis from 2015 to 2017 forced lawmakers to go without paychecks. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP File)
November 11, 2019 - 12:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most...
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FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo Art Peck, CEO of Gap, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Peck is stepping down as the company continues to grapple with slumping sales. Peck, who has been CEO since 2015, will be temporarily replaced by Gap's non-executive chairman of the board Robert Fisher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
November 07, 2019 - 8:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gap announced Thursday that CEO Art Peck is stepping down as the company struggles to turn around a long-standing sales slump. The San Francisco-based retailer also lowered its earnings outlook for the year as sales at the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy fell in the most recent...
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FILE--In this Friday, April 12, 2019, file photograph, Colorado Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, speaks during a ceremony in the State Capitol in Denver. Garnett is co-sponsoring a proposal in the Legislature to dedicate a limited revenue stream from legalized sports betting to a state water conservation plan. Before that, though, voters will cast ballots Tuesday, Nov. 5, on whether to legalize sports betting in the state and tax the revenues to help conserve water. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 06, 2019 - 4:54 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado became the 19th U.S. state to legalize some form of sports betting as election officials tallied Wednesday a surprisingly close vote in which ballots for the measure narrowly surpassed "no" votes. More than 1.3 million Coloradans voted Tuesday on Proposition DD, a bipartisan...
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FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, signs advertise new products available inside a CVS store with the new HealthHUB in Spring, Texas. CVS Health reports financial results Wednesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 06, 2019 - 8:01 am
CVS Health revenue surged more than 36% in the third quarter, nearly a year after acquiring one of the nation's largest health insurers. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager also said Wednesday that it filled more prescriptions as net income climbed 10% to $1.53 billion in a performance...
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