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Hospital Groups Creating Company To Make Cheap Generic Drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected…

Minnesota Misses The Shortlist For Amazon's HQ2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota has missed the cut in the race to land Amazon's second headquarters. The Seattle-based tech giant released its list of 20 finalists on Thursday morning, including major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Denver,…

Facebook Launches 30-City "Community Boost" Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Facebook is rolling out a 30-city program it promised last year to help small businesses grow and workers gain the digital computer skills needed to find a job. The company is announcing the first five…

Tillerson Signals Deeper US Military Commitment In Syria

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's crucial for the U.S. to maintain a military presence in Syria to prevent the Islamic State group's resurgence. In a speech at Stanford University, Tillerson signaled a deeper…

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Young Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration is appealing a judge's ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Tuesday that they were…

Nestle Selling US Candy Business For $2.8 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy's Ferrero for about $2.8 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as well as the…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation's Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation's prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put…

IRS Rolls Out New Income Tax Withholding Guidelines

The Internal Revenue Service is making changes to the guidelines that help workers determine how much of their paycheck is withheld by their employer as income taxes. The IRS rolled out new income-tax withholding tables Thursday as it begins to…

Walmart Closing More Than 60 Sam's Club Stores

NEW YORK (AP) - A Walmart official says the company is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the country. About 10 of those stores will be repurposed into e-commerce distribution sites. The official said at least eight stores closed Thursday…

Trump Open To US-NKorea Talks 'Under Right Circumstances'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is telling South Korea's president that he's open to U.S.-North Korean talks "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances." That's according to a White House readout of the president's call Wednesday with South…

Trump Suggests 2-Phase Immigration Deal For 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases - first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system. Trump…

3 Native American Tribes Sue Opioid Industry Groups

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton…

Apple Investors Urge Action To Curb Child Gadget Addiction

NEW YORK (AP) - Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the…

2 GOP Lawmakers Want Sessions To Quit, Say He's Lost Control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Republican House members are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, and they're criticizing his Justice Department for not cooperating with Congress and for leaks related to its Russia investigation. Mark Meadows of North Carolina…

Powerball Jumps To $550M After No Winning Tickets Sold

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No winning tickets were sold for the $460 million Powerball drawing. The winning numbers selected Wednesday night were 2, 18, 37, 39 and 42, and the Powerball number was 12. The jackpot jumps to an…

NBC Names Hoda Kotb As Lauer Replacement On 'Today'

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC News opened the new year by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the "Today" show's first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. Kotb…

NFL Changes Concussion Protocol After Savage Incident

HOUSTON (AP) - The NFL and the players' union have announced a series of changes to the way possible concussions are handled during games. The move follows an ugly incident in which Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to…

Trump Criticizes Post Office, Amazon Over Shipping Rates

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump is criticizing the U.S. Postal Service, saying the agency is "losing many billions of dollars a year" and asking why it is "charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages."…

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