• Arkansas court affirms class-action status in tobacco suit

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris USA can proceed under class-action status. The lawsuit seeks refunds on every pack of Marlboro Lights sold in Arkansas from 1971 to 2010. The plaintiffs claim Philip Morris, which is...

  • Weight Watchers shares fall after disappointing forecast

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weight Watchers is planning to cut $100 million in expenses and posted an outlook for this year's profits that fell far below Wall Street's expectations. The weight-loss program operator expects profit of 40 cents to 70 cents per share in 2015. But that doesn't include...

  • Nevada gambling regulators sign off on Olympic betting

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green. Nevada gambling regulators voted Thursday to allow the state's sports books to offer bets on the...

  • NYC police sergeants union signs new labor contract

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two months ago, amid a searing rift with City Hall, the president of the New York Police Department's sergeants union turned his back to Mayor Bill de Blasio and later called him "a total nincompoop." On Thursday, that union head, Edward Mullins, fixed a wry smile to...

  • UnitedHealth tightens rules covering hysterectomies

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday it is tightening its coverage rules on hysterectomies. The company says it will require health care professionals and facilities and providers to notify it in advance if they plan to perform some types of...

  • Obama steps up pitch for trade, exports, targets Democrats

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding...

  • Asia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor cleared to leave

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship that has been held two weeks in Alaska amid a federal environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. The German owners and operator of the 600-foot Lindavia entered into a security agreement...

  • Heat blamed for spray vaccine's failure against swine flu

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu — fragile doses got too warm. The AstraZeneca FluMist vaccine works well for most flu strains, but small studies found it didn't...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ___ Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent...

  • AmEx adds perks to popular charge card, but increases fee

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will increase the annual fee on some of its most popular charge cards, the company said Thursday, but the company also increased some of those cards' benefits as well. It's the latest move by American Express to strike a balance between keeping its...

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