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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo shows a Home Depot store in Passaic, N.J. Home Depot is reporting better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter, though bad weather early in the year and an extra week in the fiscal year dampened the home improvement retailer’s comparable store sales. Those sales, watched closely by industry analysts, rose 2.5%, short of the 4.2% they were expecting, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
May 21, 2019 - 7:53 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot is reporting better than expected profit and revenue for the first quarter despite a damp start to 2019. That inclement weather and an extra week in the previous fiscal year dampened the home improvement retailer's comparable store sales. Comparable store sales, a key...
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May 21, 2019 - 7:27 am
LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain has become insolvent, putting 1,300 jobs at risk. The firm said Tuesday that it had gone into administration, a form of bankruptcy protection, and appointed KPMG to oversee the process. The company operates 23 Jamie's Italian...
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May 20, 2019 - 7:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores. The company's chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an "acceptable level of profitability in today's retail environment." Its...
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Protesters for women's rights march to the Alabama Capitol to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
May 20, 2019 - 2:06 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor said Monday the new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects the high value residents place on the "sanctity of life," adding she doesn't expect any fallout from the controversial measure on tourism or business recruitment. Gov. Kay Ivey last...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, construction continues on the Encore Boston Harbor luxury resort and casino in Everett, Mass., being built by Wynn Resorts. In joint statement on Friday, May 17, 2019, Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts said they are discussing the possible sale of Encore Boston Harbor to MGM, It is scheduled to open in June. MGM opened a casino in Springfield, Mass., in August 2018. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
May 17, 2019 - 5:49 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Two major casino operators said Friday they were in preliminary talks about the possible sale of one of the largest casinos in the Northeast. Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International said in a joint statement they've engaged in conversations about the potential sale of Encore Boston...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 file photo, a Deliveroo logo is seen on a bicycle in London. Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, expanding its reach into food retailing. Deliveroo said Friday May 17, 2019 that it raised $575 million from investors led by Amazon. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)
May 17, 2019 - 2:57 pm
LONDON (AP) — Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, giving the online shopping behemoth a larger stake in the fast-growing restaurant delivery business. Amazon failed to get its own restaurant delivery business going in the United Kingdom, shutting it down for good late...
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In this May 12, 2019 photo, tourists snorkel in the Caribbean, off a beach in Varadero, Cuba. As most of Cuba’s economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright spot, tourism, into an engine that can drag the rest of the communist island through its worst economic crisis in two decades. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
May 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm
VARADERO, Cuba (AP) — The battle for Cuba's economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. As most of Cuba's economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2018, file photo, people carry flowers as they walk near the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino during a vigil for victims and survivors of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Casino giant MGM Resorts is telling federal regulators it thinks it might pay up to $800 million to settle liability lawsuits stemming from the October 2017 mass shooting that became the deadliest in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 16, 2019 - 8:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant MGM Resorts told federal regulators Thursday it might pay up to $800 million to settle liability lawsuits stemming from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest in modern U.S. history. "The company believes it is reasonably possible that a settlement will be...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo a Walmart associate works at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. Walmart Inc. reports earnings on Thursday, May 16. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 16, 2019 - 12:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices. The comments came after the nation's largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 15, 2019 - 5:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion casino. The bill, approved 275-146, would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to hold 321 acres of reservation land in trust, despite...
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