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This Sept. 20, 2019, photo, shows General Motors workers Matt Himes and Tammy Hudak in Spring Hill, Tenn. Both Himes and Hudak grew up in the shadow of the 6-million-square-foot GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and went to work there. Now they are among those who uprooted to work at GM's facility in Spring Hill, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
September 27, 2019 - 12:23 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — It's looking less likely that General Motors will be making vehicles again at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant that shut down last winter. Instead, GM wants to sell the plant to a fledgling electric vehicle maker and build a battery factory. The plant's fate is playing out...
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In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2019, David Alport, owner of the Bridge City Collective marijuana dispensary in Portland, Ore., goes over sales numbers with the store's general manager Cameron Moore. The company has seen a 31% decrease in its sales of vaping products in the past two weeks. “It’s having an impact on how consumers are behaving,” said Alport. “People are concerned, and we’re concerned.” (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
September 26, 2019 - 8:55 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal lung disease among people who use e-cigarettes. The ailment has...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo a customer gets his coffee at a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. In a very limited test in Canada, McDonald's said Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, that it's introducing the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger. It will be available for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)
September 26, 2019 - 1:52 pm
McDonald's is finally taking a nibble of the plant-based burger. McDonald's said Thursday that will sell the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. The small-market test is rolling out about six months after rival...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2019, file photo a sign is posted during a demonstration outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa. General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after saying coverage would be cut off. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 26, 2019 - 12:24 pm
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after telling the union that coverage would be cut off. The automaker said in an emailed letter to the United Auto Workers that it will keep benefits in place due to "significant confusion"...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo floor governor Michael Smyth works at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
September 26, 2019 - 11:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved broadly lower Thursday as investors pulled back to a defensive stance as an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moves along and U.S. economic growth slows. Technology stocks were among the biggest losers. Cisco Systems fell 2.3% and Nvidia shed 1.5%...
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Seen though a perimeter fence a British Airways aircraft takes off past a Thomas Cook plane in the background at Gatwick Airport, England, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed early Monday after failing to secure emergency funding, leaving tens of thousands of vacationers stranded abroad. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
September 26, 2019 - 11:36 am
LONDON (AP) — The parent company of British Airways and cruise ship giant Carnival have each warned their profits will disappoint due to pilot strikes and fuel price increases, respectively. International Airlines Group says disruption from industrial action means its full-year operating profit...
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This Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, photo shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest since the federal government confirmed its arrival in southeastern Pennsylvania five years ago this week. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 26, 2019 - 2:53 am
KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the Great Spotted Lanternfly War, Pennsylvania's citizen-soldiers are fighting back with fly swatters and vacuums, dish soap and sticky tape. They're stomping and spraying and zapping and bragging about their kills on social media. "DESTROY THEM," a propaganda poster urges...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Fonterra milk tankers pass each other outside the Darfield factory near Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand's largest company Fonterra once had grand ambitions to dominate the world's dairy markets, but after suffering stinging losses to the value of its businesses abroad has scaled back its vision. Fonterra on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, announced its worst-ever annual result as it wrote down the value of its assets by hundreds of millions of dollars and promised to stay more focused on its roots on New Zealand dairy farms. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
September 25, 2019 - 11:23 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's largest company Fonterra once had grand ambitions to dominate the world's dairy markets, but after suffering stinging losses abroad has scaled back its vision. Fonterra on Thursday announced its worst-ever annual result as it wrote down the value of its...
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CORRECTS COMPANY NAME TO TOYOTA MOTOR CORP. - Akio Toyoda, center, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corp., with a group of the Japanese automakers chiefs speaks to Japanese Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara, not in picture, during a meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Tokyo. The U.S. and Japan on Wednesday signed a limited trade deal that will eliminate tariffs and expand market access on farm, industrial and digital products. But the deal does not address autos, a key sticking point during months of contentious negotiations, and President Donald Trump indicated the two countries were still working on a broader agreement. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 25, 2019 - 9:28 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers on Thursday urged government officials to do more to support the key industry and their business after their government signed a trade deal with the U.S. that only kept auto tariffs unchanged. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, both...
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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. Philip Morris and Altria have ended merger talks and JUUL’s CEO is stepping down from the top post as criticism over vaping continues to intensify. The companies confirmed last month that they were in discussions, more than a decade after splitting itself into two companies. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
September 25, 2019 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest electronic cigarette maker will stop advertising its devices in the U.S. and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered efforts to crack down on the largely unregulated industry. Juul Labs Inc...
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