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Wal-Mart buying online retailer newcomer Jet.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer Jet.com, which had launched with a splash a year ago when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. Wal-Mart is paying $3 billion in cash and another $300 million in stock. The deal announced Monday underscores how serious Wal-Mart is about igniting its online business, which has been slowing even as it has been making big investments in new distribution centers and expanding services. Buying Jet.com would let Wal-Mart compete more effectively with Amazon.com and other online retailers. The deal also reflects the difficulties...

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Florida officials go into damage-control mode over Zika

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thank goodness it’s the slow season in Florida. At least that’s what officials and representatives of the state’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry are thinking in the wake of the news that 16 people have been infected with Zika in a small, trendy neighborhood in Miami. The outbreak has sent another chill through the Sunshine State’s all-important tourism industry just weeks after the Orlando nightclub massacre and the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at nearby Walt Disney World. Florida officials have gone into damage-control mode, with Gov. Rick Scott insisting, “We have a safe...

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Bernie Sanders has book deal; will reflect on campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Just days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to take his message to the printed page. Thomas Dunne Books told The Associated Press on Thursday it will publish Sanders’ “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.” The book is scheduled to come out Nov. 15, a week after election day, and will include both his policy ideas for the future and reflections on his surprisingly strong run in the primaries. The 74-year-old Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, attracted millions...

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‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter To Play President On ‘Supergirl’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wonder Woman has signed on to play the president on “Supergirl.” Lynda Carter has confirmed on her Twitter account reports of her casting as the commander in chief on the CW series. The 64-year-old former beauty queen is best known for her role as the title character on the 1970s series, “Wonder Woman.” In 2007, she guest starred on an episode of “Smallville,” the CW series chronicling Superman’s childhood. “Supergirl” is moving to the CW this fall after CBS decided not to renew the series starring Melissa Benoist. Its season premiere is set for Oct....

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Mitsubishi bracing for $1.4 Billion Loss After Cheating

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which recently acknowledged it inflated mileage on its models, is forecasting a 145 billion yen ($1.4 billion) loss for the fiscal year through March 2017. The Japanese automaker said Wednesday vehicle sales will drop around the world, especially in Japan, where it expects a 41 percent plunge. The projected loss is a reversal from the 72.6 billion yen profit for the fiscal year ended in March. Japan’s government found Mitsubishi had overstated mileage on its vehicles by up to 16 percent. Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Motors had a systematic way of cheating on mileage for...

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Facebook drops news outlet input in ‘trending topics’ review

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views. Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch outlined the change in a 12-page letter sent Monday to Republican Sen. John Thune, chairman of the commerce committee, which oversees the Internet and consumer protections. The move comes less than a week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Glenn Beck and more than a dozen other conservative commentators to...

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Donna ISD School Board Accepts $880,000 Lawsuit Settlement

A special meeting took place tonight in Donna, continuing the legal battle between the school district and several employees. Just a few hours ago, the Donna ISD school board voted to accept the proposed settlement–agreed upon by both parties last Saturday. It’s a lawsuit that began in February of 2015, and it’s finally nearing an end. Tonight, six out of seven Donna ISD board members, along with the superintendent, met in closed session to discuss a newly proposed settlement… one that was ordered by federal judge randy crane, who claims the initial jury-awarded settlement of $3 million, was too...

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Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A campaign to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation’s most populous state. Backers hope the higher cost of cigarettes would discourage young people from smoking while raising money for anti-smoking campaigns and research on tobacco-related illnesses. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in California is now about $5.50. The $2-a-pack increase would bump that to about $7.50 — an increase of about...

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Facebook delivers the scoop on how it delivers the news amid bias accusations

The social media giant on Thursday pulled back the curtain on how its Trending Topics feature works, a reaction to a report in the tech blog Gizmodo that claimed Facebook downplays conservative news subjects. Facebook denies that report, which relied upon a single anonymous individual with self-described conservative leanings. In its own blog post , the company said a series of checks and balances — involving both software formulas and humans — ensures that stories displayed in the “trending topics” section aren’t biased. The post linked to a 28-page internal document Facebook uses to determine trending topics, after the...

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Iran’s atomic chief visits Prague to talk nuclear business

PRAGUE (AP) — With sanctions lifted, the head of Iran’s nuclear program came to talk business with Czech leaders. The Czech Foreign Ministry said the two-day visit by Iran’s vice president and nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, focused on developing a bilateral nuclear cooperation. The Czechs say that would contribute to better international control of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran is seeking help from European nations to better its civilian program. After their meeting on the first day of Salehi’s visit on Monday, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said a nuclear energy cooperation with Iran in particular “represents a huge...

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