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In this Nov 17, 2018, photo, a man feeds pigeons outside the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the epicenter of the 2008 terror attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai, India. Thirty-one people died inside the hotel, including staff trying to guide the guests to safety. Visceral images of smoke leaping out of the city landmark have come to define the 60-hour siege. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
November 23, 2018 - 5:34 am
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Ten years ago, chef Raghu Deora stood face-to-face with death. He was in the kitchen of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel's private club, The Chambers, when four gunmen walked in with assault rifles and sprayed the guests and hotel staff with bullets. He tried to hide, but his efforts...
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November 23, 2018 - 4:10 am
BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it will appeal a court ruling that orders it to buy back a six-year-old diesel vehicle at the original sales price. In a statement Friday, Volkswagen said it expects an appeals court to overturn the verdict issued last week by judges in the southern...
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A computer screen shows the online impact on Dolce & Gabbana products displayed in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Dolce & Gabbana goods have disappeared from Chinese e-commerce sites after insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in exchanges on Instagram sparked outrage. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 22, 2018 - 6:44 am
BEIJING (AP) — Dolce&Gabbana goods disappeared Thursday from Chinese e-commerce sites as the fallout grew over remarks insulting to China that were apparently made by two of its Instagram accounts. The company has blamed hackers. Searches for Dolce&Gabbana turned up no items on major online...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, video game players compete against one another in an esports tournament at Caesars casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition says skill-based betting on battle royale games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground could be vulnerable to cheating. Esports gambling website Unikrn announced plans last month to bring legal skill-based betting to the U.S., allowing users to wager on themselves in games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground. Users would link their game to the Unikrn platform, and Unikrn will generate odds for the player based on his or her profile within the game. ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith says such wagering is likely to be popular, but he’s concerned the industry is not yet prepared to govern it. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
November 21, 2018 - 8:45 pm
The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Coalition says skill-based betting on battle royale games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battleground could be vulnerable to cheating. Esports gambling website Unikrn announced plans last month to bring legal skill-based betting to the U.S., allowing...
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Travelers line up for a security checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in New York. The airline industry trade group Airlines for America expects that Wednesday will be the second busiest day of the holiday period behind only Sunday, when many travelers will be returning home after Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
November 21, 2018 - 7:26 pm
Mild weather and falling gasoline prices are helping Thanksgiving travelers get where they're going while saving a few bucks. Airports around the country were busy Wednesday, leading to about 2,700 delayed flights by early evening on the East Coast. Only about 100 flights were canceled, however,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd as she presents her anticipated memoir "Becoming" during her book tour stop in Washington. Crown Publishing tells The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in all formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
November 21, 2018 - 3:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama's "Becoming" has become a massive hit. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13...
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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo a display shows two large Lego toys on a slide near the toy section at a Target store in Bridgewater, N.J. Companies from Target to online mattress company Casper aren’t just counting on a stronger economy to pump up sales. Target’s CEO Brian Cornell estimated last month there’s up to $100 billion in market share for grabs, double what he foresaw just a year ago. So Target is accelerating its store remodels in areas where bankrupt retailers had stores. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 21, 2018 - 12:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us and Bon-Ton may be gone but they haven't been forgotten. Companies like Target and online mattress company Casper are creating playbooks to pick up market share that those and other defunct or dying retailers left behind. Casper, for instance, is teaming up with department...
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November 21, 2018 - 5:59 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea says it is cutting 7,500 jobs worldwide, partly as a result of a new strategy to open shops in city centers to complement its larger stores. Ikea says the cutbacks will allow it to focus "on its e-commerce platform, to better meet the...
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November 20, 2018 - 5:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's Cos. reported disappointing numbers for a key sales measure in the third quarter and said it would exit its Mexico operations in its bid to compete better with home improvement leader Home Depot. The home improvement chain said Tuesday it would also exit its contracting...
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FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, file photo trader Vincent Napolitano, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 20, 2018 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are skidding Tuesday as weak results from retailers and mounting losses for big technology companies push the market back into the red for the year. Energy companies are slumping because of a 7 percent plunge in the price of oil. Crude is on track for its biggest loss in...
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