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European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, center, speaks with European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, second left, and European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, during the weekly college meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
July 17, 2019 - 8:22 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is opening a new front in its quest to more closely regulate big tech companies, saying Wednesday it was investigating whether U.S. online giant Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an illegal edge when selling its own products. EU antitrust...
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July 16, 2019 - 11:14 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case...
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FILE - This May 11, 2017 file photo shows Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business, on a street in Oakland, Calif. A cannabis company is suing Santa Cruz County, claiming that it's violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into certain areas. The East of Eden Cannabis Co. lawsuit filed Friday, July 12, 2019 is the latest development in a heated legal fight over who decides where pot can be delivered in the state. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
July 16, 2019 - 9:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California. A licensed cannabis company has sued Santa Cruz County, claiming that it's violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East of Eden...
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July 16, 2019 - 7:08 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A former Microsoft worker has been charged in what investigators describe as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle says 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kvashuk helped test Microsoft's online retail sales platform. He's...
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In this July 10, 2019, photo, mountain bikes are displayed at Cycles Etc bicycle shop in Salem, N.H. On Tuesday, July 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for June. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
July 16, 2019 - 10:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, providing crucial support to the economy at a time when other drivers of growth have faded. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales rose 0.4% in June, the fourth straight increase. Sales at online retailers, grocery...
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo a box for an Amazon prime customer moves through the new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sacramento, Calif. This year Prime Day is happening on two days: Monday, July 15, 2019, and Tuesday, July 16. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 16, 2019 - 4:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's Prime Day is coming with a wave of deals — and protests. The company's fifth annual Prime Day now stretches two days, Monday and Tuesday, invented as an effort to try to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for its Prime loyalty program. The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel near sunset in Washington. An appeals court wants a judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The order issued Friday, July 19, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit includes a reprimand of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan for abusing his discretion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)
July 08, 2019 - 9:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday challenged a federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to move forward, asking an appeals court to take up the case instead. Justice lawyers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
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Passengers walk past a departure board at Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 8, 2019. The Russian government's ban on direct flights between Russia and Georgia came into effect on Monday, affecting thousands of travelers. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
July 08, 2019 - 4:35 pm
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A Kremlin ban on direct flights between Russia and Georgia took effect Monday, affecting thousands of travelers and dealing a serious blow to Georgia's tourism industry. The flight ban impacted dozens of flights operated by six Russian airlines and one Georgian airline...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 11, 2017, a Deliveroo logo on a bicycle in London. The U.K. competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Amazon’s purchase of a significant stake in food delivery service Deliveroo on Friday July 5, 2019, as the regulator is taking a more activist role in seeking to protect consumers in the evolving marketplace. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
July 05, 2019 - 10:50 am
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. competition watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Amazon's purchase of a large stake in food delivery service Deliveroo, a move that suggests authorities are taking a harder line on the expansion of Big Tech. While the deal had not been billed as a takeover by...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, Dubai Parks & Resorts celebrates it's opening ceremony with fireworks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai firm DXB Entertainments said Tuesday July 3, 2019, it will pay $7.5 million to Six Flags after abandoning plans to build a version of the U.S. amusement park in the emirates amid a slowdown in the economy. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
July 03, 2019 - 6:04 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai firm said Tuesday it will pay $7.5 million to Six Flags after abandoning plans to build a version of the U.S. amusement park in the United Arab Emirates amid a slowdown in the economy. DXB Entertainments, which runs Dubai Parks & Resorts, said it...
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