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In this Aug. 23, 2018, photo Jim Baker, a campaigner at the Private Equity Stakeholder Project speaks during the public comments portion of an investment advisory committee meeting of the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer in Raleigh, N.C. Two private equity owners of Toys R Us announced Tuesday, Nov. 20, that they will be handing over a $20 million hardship fund to the thousands of former workers left jobless and without severance after the chain liquidated in June. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
November 20, 2018 - 4:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two private equity owners of the iconic Toys R Us toy chain have set up a $20 million hardship fund for the thousands of former workers left jobless and without severance after the chain was liquidated in June. KKR and Bain Capital announced Tuesday the creation of the fund aimed at...
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In a photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Target employee Lindsay Walker scans an item as she collects merchandise from shelves to prep them for an online order at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Target Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 7:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're also bruising the bottom line. Company shares fell sharply before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the retailer's...
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NASCAR President Steve Phelps speaks during a news conference before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship auto race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
November 18, 2018 - 1:13 pm
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is open to wholesale changes for 2020 that could include everything from doubleheaders, midweek races, a tightened schedule, shorter races, and even a potential shared event schedule with IndyCar. Steve Phelps, named president of the sanctioning body last month,...
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November 17, 2018 - 4:41 pm
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Lexi Thompson has control of the CME Group Tour Championship, and Ariya Jutanugarn is in control of just about everything else. Thompson's 4-under 68 on Saturday pushed her to 16 under after three rounds of the LPGA's season-ending event. She moved three shots clear of Nelly...
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November 17, 2018 - 3:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief executive of J.Crew Group Inc. is stepping down. The clothing retailer said in an announcement Saturday that the departure of James Brett, a retail veteran who took the top job in 2017, was by mutual agreement between Brett and the company's board of directors. In a...
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November 17, 2018 - 2:48 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is suing the nation's two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales. Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late Friday that...
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FILE- In this Nov. 8, 2018, file photo traders Eric Schumacher, left, and Richard Deviccaro work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 16, 2018 - 5:26 pm
Wall Street capped a day of volatile trading with a late-afternoon buying spree that sent U.S. stock indexes to a mostly higher finish Friday. Despite the 11th-hour rally, the benchmark S&P 500 index ended with its second weekly loss in four weeks. Gains in health care and energy companies...
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This cover image released by Crown shows "Becoming," by Michelle Obama. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the former first lady’s memoir had sold more than 725,000 copies after its first day of publication. “Becoming” came out Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. (Crown via AP)
November 16, 2018 - 2:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — First day sales for Michelle Obama's "Becoming" topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady's memoir include hardcover, audio and e-...
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, center, speaks during a news conference addressing a snowstorm that hit the northern New Jersey region a day earlier, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Woodbridge, N.J. Murphy is under fire because many commuters were stranded on highways during the snowstorm that hit during the rush hour traffic. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 16, 2018 - 1:56 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Public officials were on the defensive Friday after the season's first, surprisingly strong snowstorm stranded thousands of motorists for hours and forced some students to stay overnight in their schools. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said "lousy" forecasts were partly to blame...
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November 16, 2018 - 1:25 pm
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The LPGA will have either 25 or 26 different winners in 32 events this season, depending on what happens when the final putt of the CME Group Tour Championship drops Sunday. Commissioner Mike Whan is just fine with that sort of diversity. Whan delivered his annual "state of the...
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