• Meaning of 'clean coal' mentioned by Trump unclear

    Updated: 14 min ago

    President Donald Trump invoked "clean coal" at Tuesday night's rally in Phoenix, repeating a phrase that's used often by coal industry supporters to put a positive spin on the heavily polluting fuel — but one that remains ambiguous in its definition. The Republican president took...

  • Speaker says agency chief should be fired; governor says no

    Updated: 16 min ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's House speaker said Wednesday the director of a utility regulation agency should be fired over the failure of a nuclear power project. But Gov. Henry McMaster countered that he will not ask, nor does he want, Dukes Scott to resign. Scott leads the...

  • Judge allows money laundering charges against Backpage execs

    Updated: 28 min ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors can bring money laundering charges against the creators of a website that prosecutors label an online brothel, a judge ruled Wednesday. But he dismissed other charges months after another judge threw out the entire case as violating free...

  • SpaceX unveils sleek, white spacesuit for astronaut travel

    Updated: 49 min ago

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has unveiled a sleek white spacesuit for astronauts on its crewed flights coming up next year. Chief executive Elon Musk made the big reveal via Instagram on Wednesday. He says it's not him in the new suit, rather a SpaceX engineer. SpaceX is...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ___ Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone. Walmart is working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping...

  • Regulators, Whole Foods shareholders approve Amazon deal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods shareholders and federal regulators approved Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of the organic grocer, a deal that could bring big changes to the supermarket industry and how people order groceries online. By buying Whole Foods, Amazon is taking a bold step...

  • The Latest: Lawmakers debate ability to question regulators

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the abandonment of a nuclear power project in South Carolina (all times local): 5 p.m. Legislators ended a hearing on the failure of a nuclear power project in South Carolina debating whether they could legally ask state regulators about their role...

  • The Latest: FTC won't block Amazon's takeover of Whole Foods

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Amazon's deal to acquire Whole Foods (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The Federal Trade Commission says it will not block Amazon's $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods Market. The agency said Wednesday that it had investigated to see if the deal would...

  • EPA taps Alabama business lobbyist to lead Southeast region

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A business lobbyist and ex-environmental regulator has been tapped as the new regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection office that oversees eight Southeastern states. Former Alabama Department of Environmental Management director Trey Glenn...

  • How major US stock market indexes fared Wednesday

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Stocks retreated on Wednesday and gave back some of their gains from a day earlier, when the Standard & Poor's 500 index had one of its best days of the year. Advertising companies and retailers had some of the steepest drops on worries about their earnings, while prices for Treasury...

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