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November 21, 2019 - 6:09 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A group of employees from 13 McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the company’s drive for profits puts workers at “daily risk” of physical attack by dangerous customers. In the lawsuit filed in Cook County court, the 17 workers say McDonald’s has...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore who resigned amid investigations into deals to sell her self-published children's books has been charged with fraud and tax evasion. An 11-count federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, accuses Pugh of abusing her office for personal gain. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
November 21, 2019 - 3:11 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a case involving sales of her self-published children's books. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy...
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Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announces an 11-count indictment against former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh at a news conference in Baltimore on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The disgraced former mayor has been charged with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
November 20, 2019 - 1:29 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books to non-profits and foundations that did business with the government. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of arranging...
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FILE - This May 3, 2017, file photo shows a Target store in Omaha, Neb. Target Corp. (TGT) on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $714 million. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
November 20, 2019 - 7:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Target is bursting into the critical holiday season with very strong third-quarter earnings as the company pushes faster delivery and invests heavily in stores and new brands. The company raised its expectations for the year and shares rose more than 8% to what would be an all-time...
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November 20, 2019 - 4:38 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police in Sweden say a wanted man was found asleep in a bed in a furniture store north of Stockholm. Police spokesman Tobias Ahlen says the staff at the Ikea store in Uppsala on Monday contacted the police after they found the 25-year-old sleeping in the bed department. They were...
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November 19, 2019 - 6:26 am
Home Depot had a rocky third quarter, with revenue and a key sales figure missing analysts’ expectations. The home improvement company also cut its forecasts for full-year revenue and comparable sales. Shares dropped 5.8% before the market open on Tuesday. For the three months ended Nov. 3, Home...
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FILE - This July 19, 2012, file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas: hunger, homelessness and education. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
November 18, 2019 - 7:14 pm
Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas:...
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Cars block a street during a protest against a rise in gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Demonstrators angered by a 50% increase in government-set gasoline prices blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire. (AP Photo)
November 16, 2019 - 8:26 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person...
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In this Nov. 6, 2019, photo, people shop at Books & Books, a locally owned business, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami. On Friday, Nov. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for October. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
November 15, 2019 - 8:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3% in October, rebounding from a 0.3% drop the previous month...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shoppers look at televisions at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 14, 2019 - 11:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering some holiday cheer heading into the crucial Christmas shopping season even as many of its traditional peers struggle. The nation’s largest retailer raised its annual profit expectations on Thursday after reporting strong third-quarter results helped by its...
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