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  • ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

    NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. She died at her home in Detroit […]
  • Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its […]
  • Company blames hacker after jobseeker told name is ‘ghetto’

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis clinic that treats men with low testosterone is blaming a hacker after a jobseeker was told her name was too “ghetto.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the situation gained attention after Hermeisha Robinson, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, posted on Facebook an email she received from Mantality Health […]
  • Bridge in Italy had unusual design, required constant work

    NEW YORK (AP) — The bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa was considered a feat of engineering innovation when it was built five decades ago, but it came to require constant maintenance over the years. Its design is now being investigated as a possible contributor to its stunning collapse. The Morandi […]
  • One of world’s top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world’s largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle. The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials. Trudy Paap, a forest pathologist at the University of Pretoria, discovered […]
  • Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

    LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on their life’s […]
  • European stock markets pick up after losses in Asia

    TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets are higher in European trading as Turkey’s currency crisis abated somewhat and after a downbeat day in Asia. Benchmarks in Germany and France rose Thursday while shares in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX added 0.5 percent to 12,221 and in France the CAC 40 advanced […]
  • The Latest: Report-CEO rethinking ‘core parts’ of Twitter

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Twitter’s suspension of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (all times local): 6 p.m. In an interview with The Washington Post, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he is rethinking “core parts” of the social media platform. On Tuesday, Twitter restricted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week, giving him […]
  • Report: SEC subpoenas Tesla about CEO’s buyout plans

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government regulators have subpoenaed Tesla as they dig deeper into CEO Elon Musk’s recent disclosure about a potential buyout of the electric car maker, according to media reports. The subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission demands information from each of Tesla’s nine directors, according to a story published Wednesday in […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

    Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy’s reported weaker sales. On Wednesday: The S&P 500 index lost 21.59 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,818.37. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 137.51 points, […]
  • Best Buy to buy a provider of health devices for the aging

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is pushing more into the health field, acquiring a company that provides emergency response devices for the aging. Best Buy said Wednesday it’s paying $800 million for GreatCall. The San Diego, California-based company, which has more than 900,000 paying subscribers, offers services like an easy connection […]
  • Uber narrows 2Q loss as company polishes tarnished image

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is still struggling to make money while the ride-hailing service’s CEO deals with the headaches left behind by his predecessor. The second-quarter results released Wednesday show Uber’s pioneering service continues to reel in more passengers and revenue, despite a variety of debacles that have tarnished its reputation and spurred some […]
  • Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. “Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the ocean,” said Art Miller […]
  • Spacewalkers install bird trackers, send satellites flying

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking cosmonauts set up an antenna for tracking birds on Earth and sent a series of tiny satellites flying from the International Space Station on Wednesday. Russian Sergey Prokopyev used his gloved right hand to fling four research satellites into space. The first mini satellite safely tumbled away as the […]
  • Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered […]