Consumer services

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, a long line of unsold Clubman sports-utility vehicles sit at a Mini dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Friday, Sept. 13, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 13, 2019 - 7:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose moderately in August, driven higher by a jump in auto buying and healthy online sales, evidence that consumers are still spending enough to support growth. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased 0.4% last month, down from a strong 0...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, The Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is photographed in Washington. America’s vaping industry has taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump’s doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking meetings at his Washington hotel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 11, 2019 - 7:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — America's vaping industry has in recent years taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump's doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials...
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FILE - This Wednesday, July 24, 2019 file photo shows Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Neguse is among Congressional Democrats who are questioning a Trump administration official's commitment to public lands and his attitude toward Native Americans. William Perry Pendley, the acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, was asked Tuesday by the House Committee on Natural Resources about his past advocacy for selling public lands and comments he allegedly made about Native Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 10, 2019 - 4:43 pm
DENVER (AP) — Skeptical Democrats questioned a Trump administration official Tuesday on whether he's committed to preserving public lands and whether he respects Native Americans. William Perry Pendley, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, appeared before the House Natural...
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September 09, 2019 - 11:06 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma, who helped launch China's online retailing boom, stepped down as chairman of the world's biggest e-commerce company Tuesday at a time when its fast-changing industry faces uncertainty amid a U.S.-Chinese tariff war. Ma, one of China's wealthiest and...
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September 09, 2019 - 8:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Oren Teicher, who as head of the American Booksellers Association presided over a resurgence of independent bookstores, is receiving an honorary National Book Award. Teicher has won the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, announced Monday by...
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A protester waves a U.S. flag in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urge President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semi-autonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. consulate, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 08, 2019 - 9:07 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged President Donald Trump to "liberate" the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo company representatives from Verizon, Goodwill, Kaiser Permanente and UPS, right, talk with potential applicants during a job and resource fair in Atlanta. On Friday, Sept. 6, the U.S. government issues the August jobs report. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
September 06, 2019 - 2:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring by U.S. employers was slower but steady in August, and hourly pay jumped — trends that should sustain the U.S. economy's record-long expansion in the coming months. Yet with the economy still under threat from a weak global economy and President Donald Trump's trade war...
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A herd of cattle stand in the midst of smoke from the fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
September 06, 2019 - 1:46 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Low-cost fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB says it is suspending leather purchases from Brazil in response to the Amazon fires. The Stockholm-based group says "a temporary ban on leather from Brazil" was linked to "the severe fires in the Brazilian part of the...
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This May 4, 2009 photo, shows a CVS pharmacy in Worth, Ill. Drug chains CVS and Walgreens, as well as grocery chain Wegmans Food Market, have joined the chorus of retailers requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in their stores even where state laws allow it. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
September 05, 2019 - 2:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Drug chains CVS and Walgreens as well as grocery chain Wegmans Food Market have joined the chorus of retailers requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in their stores even where state laws allow it. The announcements on Thursday follow similar moves by...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry delivers a speech as he attends Dr Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting at St. George's House, Windsor Castle in England. The eco-minded Prince Harry announces a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key service providers that’s aimed at bettering the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers. The Duke of Sussex announced Travalyst at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Amsterdam, a city hit hard by over-tourism. He was joined by his partners, including Visa, TripAdvisor and Booking.com.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
September 03, 2019 - 5:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The eco-minded Prince Harry is embarking on a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key travel providers. They aim to improve the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers. The Duke of Sussex picked Amsterdam, a city hit hard...
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