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Kentucky governor announces lottery to award initial round of medical cannabis business licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky will use a lottery to award licenses to businesses competing to participate in the state’s startup medical cannabis program
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FILE - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear responds to a question during an interview, Dec. 19, 2023, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky will use a lottery system to award an initial round of licenses to businesses competing to participate in the state's startup medical cannabis program, Beshear announced Thursday, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
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Netflix now has nearly 270 million subscribers after another strong showing to begin 2024

Netflix gained another 9.3 million subscribers to start the year while its profit soared with the help of a still-emerging expansion into advertising, but caught investors off guard with a change that will make it more difficult to track the video stre...
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FILE - The Netflix logo is shown in this photo from the company's website, in New York, Feb. 2, 2023. Netflix reports their earnings on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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San Francisco sues Oakland over new airport name that includes 'San Francisco'

San Francisco has sued Oakland after officials there voted in favor of changing the name of the city’s airport to San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport
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Civilian interrogator defends work at Abu Ghraib, tells jury he was promoted

A civilian interrogator who worked 20 years ago at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq told jurors in Virginia that he never abused detainees and was actually promoted for doing a good job
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This artist sketch depicts Salah Al-Ejaili, foreground right with glasses, a former Al-Jazeera journalist, before the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Al-Ejaili, a former detainee at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, has described to jurors the type of abuse that is reminiscent of the scandal that erupted there 20 years ago: beatings, being stripped naked and threatened with dogs, stress positions meant to induce exhaustion and pain. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)
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How major US stock indexes fared Thursday, 4/18/2024

U.S. stock indexes drifted to a mixed close following more reports showing the economy remains stronger than expected
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World Bank's Banga wants to make gains in tackling the effects of climate change, poverty and war

It's a full agenda for Ajay Banga as he nears the end of his first year as World Bank president
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World Bank President Ajay Banga poses for a portrait after an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the World Bank in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for May delivery rose 4 cents to $82.73 per barrel Thursday
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Coyotes officially leaving Arizona for Salt Lake City following approval of sale to Utah Jazz owners

The Arizona Coyotes are officially headed to Salt Lake City
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Arizona Coyotes fans sit in their seats long after the team's NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers ended, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Tempe, Ariz. The Coyotes won 5-2. Team owner Alex Meruelo agreed to sell franchise's hockey operations to Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, who intends to move the team to Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Liquor sales in movie theaters, to-go sales of cocktails included in New York budget agreement

New York would expand access to booze under a series of measures unveiled on Thursday as part of a larger state budget agreement
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FILE - People gather on a street in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York while waiting to get takeout drinks at a bar, May 29, 2020. New York could expand access to booze by allowing movie theaters to sell liquor and continuing to let people buy takeout cocktails from bars and restaurants under a series of measures unveiled on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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Missouri lawmakers back big expansion of low-interest loans amid growing demand for state aid

Persistently high interest rates have led Missouri lawmakers to significantly expand a state loan program for farmers and small businesses
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FILE - Missouri Treasurer Vivek Malek stands near a poster promoting drought conditions and state aid programs, Jan. 4, 2024, at his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Mo. Agricultural entities are among several categories of businesses that can receive low-interest loans backed by deposits of state funds made by the treasurer's office. Missouri lawmakers gave final approval Thursday, April 18, to significantly expand a low-interest loan program for farmers and small businesses. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)
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Convenience store chain with hundreds of outlets in 6 states hit with discrimination lawsuit

The Sheetz convenience store chain has been hit with a lawsuit by federal officials who allege the company discriminated against minority job applicants
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President Joe Biden walks into a Sheetz after stopping enroute to Pittsburgh International Airport, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Biden administration moves to make conservation an equal to industry on US lands

The Biden administration is moving to let conservationists lease government land for restoration
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FILE - Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, speaks during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the budget request for fiscal year 2023 for the Department of the Interior, Thursday, May 19, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Haaland said a public lands rule emphasizing conservation that was finalized Thursday, April 18, 2024, by the Biden administration would restore balance to the management of vast U.S.-owned lands, primarily in western states. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)
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Legislation that could force a TikTok ban revived as part of House foreign aid package

Legislation that could ban TikTok if its China-based owner doesn’t sell its stake has won a major boost as House Republicans included it in a package of bills that would send U.S. aid to Ukraine and Israel
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Deborah Mayer holds one of the luxury handbags she sells on TikTok, Wednesday, March 21, 2024, in Freehold, N.J. Mayer has sold new and pre-owned handbags and other designer goods out of her New Jersey home for 16 years. Early last year, TikTok recruited her business for the live component of TikTok Shop. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)
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Not only New York casinos threaten Atlantic City. Developer predicts Meadowlands casino is coming

Atlantic City casinos are bracing for new threats from as many as three new casinos in or near New York City
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This Oct. 1, 2020 photo shows the exterior of the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday, April 18, 2024, numerous executives from some of the largest gambling companies in America said Atlantic City will soon face threats not only from casinos expected to open in or near New York City, but also from a renewed push for a casino in the northern New Jersey Meadowlands, just outside New York. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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Shares of Walmart-backed Ibotta soar on public debut

Shares of Ibotta, a Walmart-backed digital company that offers customers cash-back rewards and rebates on grocery brands ranging from Nestle to Coca-Cola, rose 17% in their Wall Street debut
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Tesla shares tumble below $150 per share, giving up all gains made over the past year

Tesla’s stock tumbled below $150 per share, giving up all of the gains made over the past year as the electric vehicle maker reels from falling sales and steep discounts intended to lure more buyers
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FILE - The Tesla logo is displayed at the company's store in Cherry Creek Mall, Feb. 9, 2019, in Denver. Tesla's stock tumbled below $150 per share Thursday, April 18, 2024, giving up all of the gains made over the past year as the electric vehicle maker reels from falling sales and steep discounts intended to lure more buyers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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Workers at Mercedes factories near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to vote in May on United Auto Workers union

Workers at Mercedes-Benz factories near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will vote next month on whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union
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Meta's newest AI model beats some peers. But its amped-up AI agents are confusing Facebook users

Generative AI is advancing so quickly that the latest chatbots available today could be out of date tomorrow
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FILE - A panel, moderated by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, left, with Meta's Nick Clegg, President Global Affairs, second left, Yann LeCun, Chief AI Scientist, center, Joelle Pineau, VP AI Research, second right, and Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, right, is held at the Meta AI Day in London, April 9, 2024. Meta, Google and OpenAI, along with leading startups, are churning out new AI language models and trying to persuade customers that they've got the smartest or fastest or cheapest chatbot technology. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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Ally Financial, CSX rise; Equifax, Synovus Financial fall, Thursday, 4/18/2024

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes on Thursday: Ally Financial, CSX rise; Equifax, Synovus Financial fall
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Average long-term US mortgage rate climbs above 7% to highest level since late November

Prospective homebuyers are facing higher costs to finance a home with the average long-term U.S. mortgage rate moving above 7% this week to its highest level in nearly five months
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An "Under Contract" sign is displayed at a home in Wilmette, Ill., Thursday, March 28, 2024. On Thursday, April 25, 2024, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Atlantic City mayor: I'm committed to my family and city while dealing with daughter abuse charges

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small says he remains committed to his family and to his city as he deals with charges that he and his wife abused their teenage daughter
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Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small leaves a conference room in Atlantic City, N.J. on Thursday, April 18, 2024. While speaking to a casino industry conference, Small pledged not to be distracted from his duties as mayor while facing criminal charges that he and his wife abused their teenage daughter, allegations the parents deny. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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EU proposes youth mobility agreement with UK to help youngsters travel, work and live in both areas

The European Commission is proposing to open negotiations with the United Kingdom to allow young people to move freely, work and study in both regions after Brexit — the U.K.’s departure from the EU four years ago
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference at the conclusion of an EU Summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2024. European Union leaders on Friday discussed plans to boost investment and the economy. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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Booming cold drink sales mean more plastic waste. So Starbucks redesigned its cups

Booming sales of cold drinks at Starbucks stores have created a problem: growing amounts of plastic waste from the single-use cups that Frappuccinos, Refreshers, cold brews and other iced drinks are served in
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This photo provided by Starbucks shows a new version of the company's cold cup which is said to be made with up to 20% less plastic. The introduction of the cups will be announced on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (Starbucks via AP)
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Sluggish start for spring homebuying season as home sales fall in March with mortgage rates rising

The spring homebuying season is off to a sluggish start as home shoppers contend with elevated mortgage rates and rising prices
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A housing development in Cranberry Township, Pa., is shown on Friday, March 29, 2024. On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the National Association of Realtors reports on existing home sales for March. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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IMF's Georgieva says there's 'plenty to worry about' despite recovery for many economies

The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that the world economy has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of higher interest rates and the shock of war in Ukraine and Gaza, but “there is plenty to worry about,″ including stubborn i...
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FILE - Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, speaks in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2024. During a IMF and World Bank meeting Thursday, April 18, 2024, Georgieva said the world economy has proven surprisingly resilient in the face of higher interest rates and the shock of war in Ukraine and Gaza, but "there is plenty to worry about,'' including stubborn inflation and rising levels of government debt. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
April 18

Google fires 28 workers in aftermath of protests over big tech deal with Israeli government

Google has fired 28 employees in the aftermath of protests over technology that the internet company is supplying the Israeli government amid the Gaza war, further escalating tensions surrounding a hot-button deal
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Two people ride past the Google sign outside the Google offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Google has fired 28 employees who were involved in protests over the tech company’s cloud computing contract with the Israeli government. The workers held sit-ins at the company’s offices in California and New York over Google’s $1.2 billion contract to provide custom tools for Israeli’s military. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
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Croatia's conservatives believe they'll soon form a majority government despite inconclusive vote

Croatia’s ruling conservatives says that talks are already underway on the formation of a new governing majority following a highly contested parliamentary election that saw a far-right party emerge as a potential kingmaker
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Prime Minister incumbent Andrej Plenkovic cuts the cake after claiming victory in a parliamentary election in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, April 18, 2024. Croatia's governing conservatives convincingly won a highly contested parliamentary election Wednesday, but will still need support from far-right groups to stay in power, according to the official vote count. The election followed a campaign that centered on a bitter rivalry between the country's president and prime minister. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
April 18

The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits holds steady as labor market remains strong

The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits didn’t change last week as the labor market continues to defy efforts by the Federal Reserve to cool it off
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A hiring sign is displayed in Riverwoods, Ill., Tuesday, April 16, 2024. On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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'There is no time to waste': EU leaders want to boost competitiveness to close gap with US and China

European Union leaders debated at a summit in Brussels a new “European Competitiveness Deal” aimed at helping the 27-nation bloc close the gap with Chinese and American rivals
April 18
European Council President Charles Michel, right, speaks with author of the High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market, Enrico Letta as they arrive for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, April 18, 2024. European Union leaders vowed on Wednesday to ramp up sanctions against Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Omar Havana)
April 18

NATO and the EU urge G7 nations to step up air defense for Ukraine and expand Iran sanctions

Top NATO and European Union officials are urging industrialized nations to take quick and concrete steps to provide more air defense systems to Ukraine
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French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne attends a meeting on the second day of a G7 foreign ministers meeting on Capri island, Italy, Thursday April 18, 2024. (Remo Casilli/Pool via AP)
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Nokia sees double-digit fall in January-March sales as weak market for 5G technology prevails

Wireless and fixed-network equipment maker Nokia has reported a smaller-than-expected profit and a substantial double-digit fall in sales in the first quarter due to a market weakened by a lack of investment by clients in 5G technology
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Stock market today: Wall Street drifts to a mixed finish as yields tick higher

U.S. stock indexes drifted to a mixed close following more reports showing the economy remains stronger than expected
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The New York Stock Exchange is seen, through a window guard, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 in New York. Wall Street drifted toward gains as more corporate earnings come in, giving investors a break from fretting about if and when the Federal Reserve might cut interest rates. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
April 18

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine
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FILE - In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pose for a photo in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance. It’s not clear if it will get very far on either front. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP, File)
April 18

Frustrated farmers are rebelling against EU rules. The far right is stoking the flames

Europe’s farmers are angry, and staging their biggest protests in half a century
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Farmer's Defense Force vice president Jos Ubels poses for a portrait at his farm in Anderen, Northern Netherlands, Monday, March 18, 2024. Ubels feels that everything from overbearing bureaucrats insisting when farmers should sow or harvest, imposing excessive restrictions on fertilizer and manure use and unfair international competition condoned by the European Union have created a potent mix that has driven him away from mainstream politics. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
April 17

Schumer says US will provide $6.1 billion to Micron Technology for chip plants in NY, Idaho

The Biden administration has reached an agreement to provide $6.1 billion in government support for Micron Technology to produce advanced memory computer chips in New York and Idaho
April 17
President Joe Biden waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, after returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 17

Who owns businesses in California? A lawmaker wants the public to know

A California lawmaker wants to require limited liability companies and similar businesses to report the identities of their owners to the government
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FILE - State Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, addresses a gathering in Sacramento, Calif., May 20, 2019. This year, Durazo, has introduced a bill to require business owners and landlords to disclose their identities under legislation aimed at cracking down on opaque ownership structures that have enabled some companies to skirt state laws without facing consequences. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 17

What's inside the $95 billion House package focused on aiding Ukraine and Israel

Speaker Mike Johnson has unveiled a long-awaited package of bills that will provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel, replenish U.S. weapons systems and give humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza
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Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., right, speaks with reporters to discuss his proposal of sending crucial bipartisan support to aid Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after weeks of inaction on Capitol Hill Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
April 17

New York competition, smoking, internet betting concerns roil US northeast's gambling market

Casinos in the northeastern U.S. are dealing with numerous challenges as they brace for the arrival of new competitors in New York City
April 17
A gambler touches the screen of a slot machine at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City N.J., Sept. 29, 2023. Figures released, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, show Atlantic City's casinos, their online partners and horse tracks that take sports bets won over $526 million in March, a month in which New Jersey's internet gambling market set yet another monthly record at $197 million. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
April 17

One Tech Tip: What to do if your personal info has been exposed in a data breach

Data breaches are becoming an almost regular occurrence
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FILE - A person works on a laptop on June 19, 2017, in North Andover, Mass. As more of our lives move online, our personal data like email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and even passcodes are becoming ever more vulnerable to theft or being mistakenly exposed. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
April 17

CSX profit drops 10% despite railroad delivering 3% more freight in first quarter

CSX railroad's first-quarter profit slipped 10% even though the railroad delivered 3% more goods as shipments it handled shifted to a less-profitable mix
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FILE - A CSX freight train sits on a siding in downtown Pittsburgh, Nov. 19, 2022. CSX reports their earnings on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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Abu Ghraib military contractor warned bosses of abuses 2 weeks after arriving, testimony reveals

A civilian contractor sent to work as an interrogator at Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib prison resigned within two weeks of his arrival and told his corporate bosses that mistreatment of detainees was likely to continue
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En este bosquejo artístico aparece Salah Al-Ejaili, al frente, derecha, con anteojos, experiodista de Al-Jazeera, ante el tribunal de distrito de Estados Unidos en Alexandria, Virginia, el martes 16 de abril de 2024. Al-Ejaili ha testificado sobre abusos que sufrió cuando estuvo detenido de la prisión de Abu Ghraib, en Irak. (Dana Verkouteren vía AP)
April 17

US probe of Hondas that can activate emergency braking for no reason moves closer to a recall

A U.S. government investigation into unexpected automatic braking involving nearly 3 million Hondas is a step closer to a recall
April 17
FILE - The logo of the Honda Motor Co. is seen in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Dec. 15, 2021. A U.S. government investigation into unexpected automatic braking involving nearly 3 million Hondas is a step closer to a recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday, 4/17/2024

Sinking technology stocks sent Wall Street lower again, and the S&P 500 fell to its fourth straight loss
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Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for May delivery fell $2.67 to $82.69 per barrel Wednesday
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US reimposes oil sanctions on Venezuela as hopes for a fair presidential election fades

The Biden administration has reimposed crushing oil sanctions on Venezuela in a rebuke to President Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to consolidate his rule just six months after the U.S. eased restrictions in a bid to support now fading hopes for a democrati...
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People wait in line to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Voters go to the polls on July 28th. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 17

Why the UAW vote at Volkswagen is significant for workers across US

4,000 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee are casting union ballots.
April 17
 United Auto Workers members strike the General Motors Lansing Delta Assembly Plant in Lansing, MI, Sept. 29, 2023 in Lansing, Michigan.
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Judges orders Pennsylvania agency to produce inspection records related to chocolate plant blast

Pennsylvania utility regulators must turn over inspection records to the National Transportation Safety Board as part of the federal investigation into a fatal explosion at a chocolate factory
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Biden promises to keep US Steel as a 'totally American company' while his administration reviews Japanese takeover plan

Biden promises to keep US Steel as a 'totally American company' while his administration reviews Japanese takeover plan
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Regulators pleased Union Pacific is using fewer temporary shipping limits

Union Pacific dramatically reduced its use of temporary limits on some businesses’ shipments over the past year after its customers complained
April 17
FILE - A maintenance worker walks past the company logo on the side of a locomotive in the Union Pacific Railroad fueling yard in north Denver, Oct. 18, 2006. Union Pacific dramatically reduced its use of temporary limits on some businesses' shipments over the past year after its customers complained, but regulators said Wednesday, April 17, 2024, that the railroad must go further to be in line with the other major freight railroads that rarely use such embargoes. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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As earnings season rolls into its heart, hopes rise for broader gains

Last year, a handful of Big Tech stocks were behind much of corporate America’s profit growth
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FILE - Pedestrians walk past the Nasdaq building Tuesday, March 26, 2024, in New York. Last year, a handful of Big Tech stocks were behind much of corporate America’s profit growth. Now, as the heart of earnings reporting season arrives on Wall Street, the hope is that profit growth will broaden out to a wider range of companies. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)