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North Carolina coach Larry Fedora makes comments during the NCAA college football team's media day in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Following an NCAA violation involving the sale of team-issued shoes, the university announced today that 13 football players will miss games during the 2018 season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
August 06, 2018 - 7:08 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Less than a year after emerging from a long run of NCAA issues, North Carolina is dealing with rule violations again — this time for football players selling team-issued shoes. The school announced Monday that 13 players will miss games serving suspensions for the secondary...
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August 06, 2018 - 1:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court has rejected an antitrust lawsuit brought against publishers by what was once one of the country's largest wholesale magazine distributors. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in an opinion published on Monday with a lower-court judge in rejecting...
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FILE--In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, performers stand on stage during the Kabuki Spectacle in front of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, reported second-quarter earnings of $123 million. (AP Photo/John Locher, file)
August 02, 2018 - 3:59 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Industry analysts grilled MGM Resorts International executives Thursday after the company forecast weak results for the current quarter because — just like its competitors — it expects fewer scheduled entertainment events and lower room rates in Las Vegas this summer. Chairman and...
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Rainbows are seen over Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
August 02, 2018 - 10:54 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the heatwave in Europe (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A supermarket chain in Finland is inviting customers to spend the night at its air-conditioned store in Helsinki as Europe suffers through a heatwave. K-Supermarket said on its Facebook page that patrons hoping to cool...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2016, file photo, a woman rides a bike past the company logo outside the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a coffee delivery venture on Thursday that adds to growing competition in China’s booming delivery industry. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
August 02, 2018 - 7:05 am
BEIJING (AP) — Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a coffee delivery venture on Thursday, joining the growing competition in China's booming delivery industry. Starbucks Coffee Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said the venture starts next month in Beijing and Shanghai...
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August 01, 2018 - 5:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government has initiated legislation that would make online retailers liable for sales tax that isn't paid by vendors based outside the country. The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the bill, which requires parliamentary approval and is slated to take effect Jan. 1. It aims to...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2011, file photo, cans of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke sit in a cooler at a deli in Portland, Ore. Items ranging from canned beverages to airline tickets will likely get more expensive, companies warn, as they face higher costs. Procter & Gamble, one of the biggest makers of consumer products, said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, that Pampers prices will increase by an average of 4 percent in North America, while the Bounty, Charmin and Puffs brands could see 5 percent increases. (AP Photo, File)
August 01, 2018 - 3:12 am
The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs...
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Taxi drivers block the Gran Via avenue in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, July 30, 2018. Taxi drivers in Barcelona are blocking traffic on a major thoroughfare as part of an indefinite strike to protest the use of ride-hailing apps like Uber and Cabify. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
July 31, 2018 - 5:32 am
MADRID (AP) — Traffic is still snarled in some of Spain's biggest cities as striking taxi drivers are extending their protest against ride-hailing services. Hundreds of taxis have spent a fourth consecutive night parked on the Gran Via, one of Barcelona's main downtown roads, while dozens of...
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FILE - This Dec. 29, 2009 file photo shows a Big Mac hamburger at a McDonald's restaurant in North Huntingdon, Pa. The fast food restaurant is celebrating the sandwich's 50th anniversary in 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 30, 2018 - 4:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it isn't changing the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ingredients of "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce,...
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FILE- In this April 5, 2018, file photo, a sign for a Wall Street subway station is shown in New York. U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Friday, July 27, as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings reports and new government data showing the U.S. economy surged in the second quarter at the fastest pace since 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
July 27, 2018 - 12:16 pm
A slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, adding to the market's losses from a day earlier. Twitter plunged after the social media network said its monthly users declined in the second quarter. The drop in tech stocks outweighed gains in banks, retailers and restaurant chains...
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