• MGM sets August opening date for Massachusetts casino

    Updated: 6 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The fate of Wynn's glitzy Boston-area casino may still be up in the air, but rival MGM says it is on track to open the first Las Vegas-style casino resort in Massachusetts sooner than expected. MGM Resorts International is now targeting Aug. 24 as the new opening date...

  • Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

    Updated: 10 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee to $119 a year, up 20 percent from $99. New Prime members in the U.S. will be charged the higher price starting May 11. The increase will apply to renewals of existing memberships starting on June 16....

  • At hearings, EPA chief seeks to divert blame for ethics woes

    Updated: 39 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, yet another Trump administration official with his job on the line over ethical concerns, took heat from lawmakers Thursday over his profligate spending and lobbyist ties and tried to divert responsibility to...

  • Mattel's 1Q sales shored up by Hot Wheels and Barbie

    Updated: 42 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel Inc. reported better-than-expected first-quarter sales Thursday as demand for Hot Wheels and Barbies helped soften the blow of the closing of the iconic Toys R Us chain. Like other toy companies, Mattel has been grappling with children's shift away from...

  • Ex-HSBC Bank foreign exchange exec gets 2 years in prison

    Updated: 43 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of HSBC Bank's foreign exchange cash trading was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison on charges he traded ahead of his customers to make millions of dollars in a scheme known as "front running." "Mark Johnson exploited confidential information and...

  • Jury hits pork giant for $50M for hog operation's nuisance

    Updated: 46 min ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday awarded more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of an industrial hog operation found responsible for intense smells, noise and other disturbances so bad people couldn't enjoy their rural homes. Jurors on Thursday awarded the 10...

  • Explosion rocks Wisconsin refinery, forcing evacuations

    Updated: 53 min ago

    An explosion rocked a refinery in northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring at least 11 people, forcing the evacuation of homes, schools and a hospital, and sending a plume of noxious smoke billowing into the air. Authorities said a tank of crude oil or asphalt exploded about 10...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ___ Hope for US trade visit to China: A delay in harmful tariffs WASHINGTON (AP) — When Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leads a delegation of American officials to Beijing next week, few analysts expect them to defuse a smoldering trade conflict with China. Rather, the likeliest...

  • Appeals court: Tribal casinos can be subject to US labor law

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court says employees at Native American casinos can receive protection under a federal labor law. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday that federal officials reasonably concluded that the...

  • Starbucks key sales figures surpasses market expectations

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks Corp., which has been addressing fallout over the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia stores, reported sales growth Thursday that modestly exceeded Wall Street expectations during a period that preceded the outcry. The company said sales grew 2...

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