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February 22, 2019 - 9:59 am
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say five children have died of suspected food poisoning after their family had dinner at a restaurant in the country's south. Police official Ameer Shaikh said on Friday that the family of eight, from the southwestern city of Quetta, arrived in the port...
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February 22, 2019 - 8:33 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers app-based services like free-floating car-sharing in big cities. The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday...
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FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo this is the Ford logo on a 2019 Ford Ranger 2019 Supercrew 4x4 on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Ford says it has launched an investigation into whether a flawed mathematical model caused it to overstate gas mileage and understate pollution from a wide range of vehicles. The company says a group of employees reported possible problems with the model in September. So it has hired an outside firm to test the 2019 Ford Ranger. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
February 21, 2019 - 6:28 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said Thursday that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2018, file photo, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., asks a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
February 21, 2019 - 1:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration broke off vehicle mileage standards talks with California on Thursday, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House said in a statement that the administration, which wants to freeze mileage...
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DJ Koh, Samsung President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, talks about the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone during an event Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
February 20, 2019 - 5:39 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market. But it's far from clear that consumers will embrace a device that retails for almost $2,000, or that it will provide the...
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (Rich Saal/The State Journal-Register via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 4:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a budget Wednesday that relies partly on tax revenues from two industries that currently aren't even legal in the state, which is saddled with billions of dollars in pension obligations and other debts. Pritzker's $39 billion...
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FILE- This Feb. 7, 2017, file photo shows Caesars Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn plans to drive casino giant Caesars Entertainment to sell itself. The activist investor disclosed in a securities filing Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, that he owns a roughly 10 percent stake in the company, confirming previous reports. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
February 20, 2019 - 2:03 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Entertainment said Wednesday that it has talked with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who began pushing for fundamental changes this week after revealing a 10 percent stake in the casino operator. Caesars said it is evaluating Icahn's ideas and will keep listening to the...
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February 20, 2019 - 10:24 am
LONDON (AP) — British regulators say the proposed supermarkets merger between Sainsbury's and Walmart's Asda unit would push up prices and reduce quality for shoppers, casting doubt on a deal that would create the country's biggest grocery chain. It also serves as yet another regulatory blow to...
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FILE- In this May 18, 2006, file photo a worker puts the finishing touches on a sign unveiling the company's new look at a Payless Shoesource store at a mall in Independence, Mo. Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
February 20, 2019 - 8:37 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations. The Topeka, Kansas, company, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, will allow returns and exchanges of non-final sale items through the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014 file photo, fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld poses for photographers in front of his books prior to the start of an exhibition at the museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
February 19, 2019 - 7:33 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (all times local): 7 p.m. Macao casino company SJM, which is building a hotel in the Chinese casino capital designed by Karl Lagerfeld, says it's "deeply saddened" by news of his death. SJM Holdings Ltd. said in a statement...
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