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Sabrina Piliero, with World Ice Events, practices on the rink at the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. After endless fits and starts and billions of dollars spent, American Dream is officially opening its doors to the public as the second largest mall in the country, and third largest in North America. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Associated Press
October 25, 2019 - 4:46 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn't exist, Amazon was only selling books online and malls were where you went for all your shopping needs. Now, after...
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USA Today
April 18, 2019 - 12:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online. ShopRite will join the retailers early next week, said the U.S. Department...
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Country music star Brad Paisley operates a backhoe as he breaks ground for The Store, a free grocery store for people in need, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 03, 2019 - 7:37 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Brad Paisley took the controls of a backhoe to dig up the first pile of dirt in the space that will become a free grocery store to support needy families in Nashville, Tennessee. Paisley donned a cowboy hat-shaped construction helmet for part of Wednesday's...
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In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 photo, Belinda Lau, manager of the Wiki Wiki Drive Inn takeout restaurant in Honolulu, sprinkles cheese on an order of spaghetti in a styrofoam container. Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics used at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii would be the first to bar them statewide. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
March 19, 2019 - 2:47 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean. Dozens of cities nationwide have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii's measure targeting fast-food and full-service...
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FILE- In this March 12, 2019, file photo Rhode Island Rep. Teresa Tanzi addresses legislators during a late afternoon session on gaming at the State House in Providence, R.I. As lawmakers nationwide decide whether to allow sports betting in their state, they’re debating whether bets, like almost everything else in our lives, can be managed online or whether wagers should be made only in person. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
March 17, 2019 - 8:08 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As state legislatures decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the bets should be allowed to happen online. Among their concerns is that the accessibility of online betting — especially on mobile devices — could be a pathway for minors to...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and online. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 13, 2019 - 1:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations. The new guidelines, first proposed in November...
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FILE- In this July 6, 2018, file photo prospective customers confer with sales associates as a Model 3 sits on display in a Tesla showroom in the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. Tesla is walking back its plan to close most retail stores worldwide in a move the company says will force it to raise prices on most of its electric vehicles. The company still will move to online-only sales, but now says it won't close as many stores as originally thought. Tesla announced last month that it would shutter most of its stores to cut costs so it could sell its lower-priced Model 3 for $35,000. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 11, 2019 - 10:27 am
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is walking back plans to close most of its showrooms worldwide and announced price hikes for most of its electric vehicles. Tesla announced last month that it would shutter most of its stores to cut costs so it could sell its lower-priced Model 3 for $35,000. The company...
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In this April 21, 2018 photo provided by Rachel Wasser, Walmart greeter John Combs works at a Walmart store in Vancouver, Wash. Combs, who has cerebral palsy, and other greeters with disabilities are threatened with job loss as Walmart transforms the greeter position into one that’s more physically demanding. Combs was devastated and then angered by his impending job loss. (Rachel Wasser via AP)
February 27, 2019 - 3:33 pm
As Walmart moves to phase out its familiar blue-vested "greeters" at some 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they're being ill-treated by a chain that styles itself as community-minded and inclusive. Walmart told greeters around the country last week that...
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FILE- In this May 18, 2006, file photo a worker puts the finishing touches on a sign unveiling the company's new look at a Payless Shoesource store at a mall in Independence, Mo. Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
February 20, 2019 - 7:37 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations. The Topeka, Kansas, company, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, will allow returns and exchanges of non-final sale items through the...
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Charles Bronson, star of "Death Wish" film series. (Photo by Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
January 03, 2019 - 6:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "Death Wish" novelist Brian Garfield, whose murderous classic about a right-wing vigilante launched a film franchise starring Charles Bronson, has died at age 79. Garfield died "peacefully" on Dec. 29 at his home in Pasadena, California, literary agent Judy Coppage said. He is...
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