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FILE- In this combo of file photos shows, a Google sign at a store on Aug. 7, 2017, in Hialeah, Fla., bottom, and a Walmart sign on June 1, 2017, in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Wednesday, Aug. 23, that it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
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  • FILE- In this combo of file photos shows, a Google sign at a store on Aug. 7, 2017, in Hialeah, Fla., bottom, and a Walmart sign on June 1, 2017, in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Wednesday, Aug. 23, that it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) Lifestyle

    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. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late […]
  • Venezuela's ousted Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz attends a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc prosecutors, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Brazil's attorney general is sharply criticizing the recent ouster of his counterpart in Venezuela. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot said that the removal of Ortega Diaz was "an institutional rape" and that it eroded the independence of Venezuela's justice system. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Lifestyle

    The Latest: Ousted Venezuela prosecutor knocks president

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela’s political confrontation (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Venezuela’s recently ousted chief prosecutor is telling colleagues from the region that President Nicolas Maduro has participated in acts of corruption and says she’ll give them proof. Luisa Ortega Diaz spoke Wednesday during a meeting of Mercosur trade bloc […]
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin during their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Putin welcomed a dialogue between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) Lifestyle

    Putin hails dialogue between Vatican, Russia Orthodox Church

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed ongoing dialogue between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin said at Wednesday’s meeting with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, that “universal humanitarian values” form the basis for Russia’s ties with the Vatican, as well as relations between the two churches. Putin […]
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, rhinos graze in the bush on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Lawyers for a rhino breeder in South Africa say bidding will start Wednesday in an online auction of 264 rhino horns after a court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed. Conservation groups believe it will lead to a surge in rhino poaching that has occurred at record levels in the past decade. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File) Lifestyle

    South African rhino breeder starts online auction of horns

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino breeder in South Africa has opened an online auction of 264 rhino horns that has raised alarm among leading conservation groups that fear a legal domestic trade could encourage more poaching. The auction website indicates that bidding began Wednesday and will end on Friday. Breeder John Hume says a legal […]
  • In this July 25, 2017, photo, Bryce Phillips, left, the founder and CEO of evo, a Seattle-based outdoor, bike, ski, and clothing retailer, poses for a photo with Ben Wallace, evo's director of business development, in their store in Seattle. Evo gets 80 percent of its business from its online business. But because it has plenty of competition online and off, “we need to do the things that made us different from the beginning,” Phillips says. That includes offering services like travel planning for customers who want to go on snowboarding, surfing or other outdoor sports-focused vacations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Lifestyle

    Focus for independent retailers _ make shopping easy and fun

    NEW YORK (AP) — When sporting goods retailer evo ships ski boots ahead of the winter season, some will be delivered to the company’s competitors — who will then help evo customers be sure the boots are a good fit. “We’ve reached out to the best independent shops and asked, can you offer the same […]
  • Police coaches  are parked in front of a court where Russia's theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov waits for hearings in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Serebrennikov is suspected of embezzling 68 million rubles ($1.1 million) of government funds that were earmarked for a production at his theater, the Investigative Committee, which looks into high-profile crimes, said in a statement. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Lifestyle

    Russian art community turns out to support detained director

    MOSCOW (AP) — To a full house and rapturous applause more suited to one of his sold-out productions, Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into charges that he embezzled government funds allocated for one of his projects. Serebrennikov denies any wrongdoing, […]
  • This photo provided by Honda shows the 2017 Honda Accord. Edmunds reports that the midsize sedan currently has discounts in the $5,700 range, depending on package and region. (Courtesy of Honda Motor Co., Inc. via AP) Lifestyle

    Edmunds: Good deals for car shoppers on Labor Day weekend

    Labor Day is the last three-day weekend of summer, so as we go into the end of August and early September, you can expect to see some fairly aggressive deals from car dealerships as they try to wrap up the summer selling season. The combination of end-of-model-year clearance prices on outgoing models and relatively high […]
  • Dr. Hans Clevers, who pioneered the mini organs technique, speaks during an interview at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, Netherlands on Monday, May 29, 2017. Except for muscles and blood vessels, the tiny organs “have everything you would expect to see in a real gut, only on a really small scale,” he says. (AP Photo/Aleksandar Furtula) Lifestyle

    Lab-made “mini organs” helping doctors treat cystic fibrosis

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding. […]
  • FILE - In his May 22, 2012 file photo, a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes, according to two studies released Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Lifestyle

    Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to reduce crashes significantly, according to two studies released Wednesday. At the same time, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raises concern […]
  • In this Aug. 10, 2017 photo, Providence Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio sits on the bench in Providence, Rhode Island. The 80-year-old judge has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion and humor from his courtroom in Providence, Rhode Island. Videos featuring Caprio have now reached hundreds of millions of views. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) Lifestyle

    Justice is kind, and viral: Folksy judge, 80, becomes a star

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — You wouldn’t think an 80-year-old judge would make for a viral video, but somehow Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion, humor and a rotating cast of the poor souls who have been ticketed in Providence. Videos featuring the kind-hearted […]