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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, announced Thursday, Dec. 14, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 14, 2017 - 12:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney's all-stock deal for...
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December 14, 2017 - 10:48 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's casino gambling regulators slapped Mohegan Sun Pocono with record fines totaling $1 million for what it called failing to follow internal controls and doing business with unlicensed vendors. The fines of $450,000 and $550,000, approved Wednesday by the...
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Gladys Fuentes, right, one of five female kitchen workers in Boston speaks about her experiences while detailing a sexual harassment lawsuit the women are filing against McCormick & Schmick's, a national restaurant chain featuring seafood and steaks Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Boston. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, a Boston-based nonprofit representing the women, says the lawsuit alleges a workplace filled with "lewd behavior, sexually inappropriate comments and unwanted touching." Also pictured are plaintiff Marta Romeno (left to right), attorney and interpreter Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, plaintiff Fabiana Santos, attorney's Rachel Smith (back row left to right) and Sophia Hall. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
December 12, 2017 - 2:58 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Female kitchen workers at the McCormick & Schmick's seafood restaurant in downtown Boston were subjected to constant groping and lewd comments from male supervisors and co-workers, and their complaints to the company were routinely ignored, five women said in a lawsuit filed...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, file photo, Mario Batali attends an awards dinner in New York. Batali is stepping down from daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef over a period of at least 20 years. In a prepared statement sent to The Associated Press, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, Batali said the complaints match up with his past behavior. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
December 11, 2017 - 3:50 pm
Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate...
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In this Thursday, July 27, 2017, photo, Cheryl Bast of Omaha, left, is accompanied by her daughter Liz Pierson as she works on an application for a position with Omaha Public Schools during a job fair held in Omaha, Neb. On Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for October. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
December 11, 2017 - 12:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted slightly fewer job openings in October than the previous month, but the number of people being hired improved. The Labor Department said Monday that nearly 6 million jobs were available at the end of October, down from 6.18 million in September. Manufacturers...
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FILE - This Wednesday, May 6, 2015 file photo shows a warning label of strangulation risks from mini blind cords in Washington. According to a study released on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 11, 2017 - 12:24 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most...
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Allen and Cooper Alexander, 4, spin around while sledding down a hill Friday Dec. 8, 2017, in Vicksburg, Miss. Heavy snow fell across several Southern states Friday. (Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)
December 08, 2017 - 4:23 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The snow that blanketed parts of the Deep South on Friday delighted schoolchildren with an unexpected holiday but also revived panicky memories for many adults of past storms that trapped commuters on interstates for hours. Businesses closed and commuters left work early as snow...
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FIL E- In this undated file photo, the Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is shown. Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments, a fight that would scare off most companies but buoys customers of outdoor brands that value environmental activism. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
December 08, 2017 - 3:27 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a legal and political battle over President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments. Retail experts say the fight is one that would scare off most companies but galvanizes...
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December 07, 2017 - 12:09 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state's horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling. The state Assembly is due to vote Thursday on a bill that would authorize tracks to offer internet gambling on their premises if they reach a partnership agreement with...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo, people approach an entrance to a Home Depot store in Bellingham, Mass. Home Depot is sticking by its outlook for the year and will buy back $15 billion in company shares. The Home Depot Inc. laying out its strategy to investors Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, with CEO Craig Menear saying that the retail landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
December 06, 2017 - 9:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot is sticking by its outlook for the year and will buy back $15 billion in company shares. The Atlanta company is laying out its strategy to investors Wednesday, with CEO Craig Menear saying that the retail landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace. Home Depot expects...
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