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  • In NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains’ rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York is increasingly becoming chain store city. Looking for a “Seinfeld”-style coffee shop? It’s sharing the city with 280 Starbucks and more than 530 Dunkin Donuts. A good neighborhood deli?…

  • $50M upgrade part of Tropicana’s turnaround in Atlantic City

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eight years ago, Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino was hanging by a thread. Its former owner cut staff to the bone and let the sprawling complex deteriorate so badly that New…

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDT

    Europe shocked as smuggler’s boat sinks off Libya; survivor says hundreds were locked below ROME (AP) — A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could…

  • Opposition centrists win Finland election, face tough talks

    HELSINKI (AP) — The opposition Center Party has won Finland’s parliamentary election but its new leader faces tough talks on forming a government following the success of the populist, anti-establishment Finns Party that placed ahead…

  • ‘Furious 7′ speeds ahead of the competition

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James’s “Paul Blart” sequel couldn’t outpace “Furious 7.” The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but “Furious 7″ maintained first…

  • Prologis purchases KTR Capital for $5.9 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Warehouse and distribution center operator Prologis Inc. says it has acquired KTR Capital Partners, which owns more than 300 industrial properties in the U.S. Prologis, which owns and operates more than 2,800…

  • Researcher denied flight after tweet poking United security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California-bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline’s onboard systems could be hacked.…

  • Report: Kuwait discovers 4 new oil fields in kingdom

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s state news agency says the state-run Kuwait Oil Co. has discovered four new oil fields. The Kuwait News Agency quoted KOC’s CEO Hashim Hashim on Sunday as saying that the…

  • Huge demand for Lilly Pulitzer collection overwhelms Target online

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Huge demand for the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection has overwhelmed the Minneapolis retailer’s website. Many Lilly Pulitzer fans who stayed up to buy pieces from the limited-edition collection were greeted with…

  • Studies: Merck drug Keytruda effective against 3 cancers

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One of the hot new cancer immunotherapy drugs, Merck & Co.’s Keytruda, strongly benefited patients with melanoma, lung cancer and mesothelioma, according to three studies presented Sunday at the American Association…

  • NY’s Cuomo to be first gov. to visit Cuba as ties reopen

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates…

  • SKA St. Petersburg beats Kazan to win KHL title

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk led SKA St. Petersburg to its first Kontinental Hockey League title on Sunday as the team clinched a 4-1 series victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Kovalchuk scored two goals…

  • Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water…

  • Fire sends plume of smoke above Mexico City

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A fire in a brewery’s warehouse sent a towering black plume of smoke pouring into the sky above Mexico City on Sunday, but officials said there were no reported injuries. The…

  • Number, size of Virginia farms decline in 2014

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal statistics show the number and size of Virginia farms declined in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Statistics Service estimates there were 45,900 farms in Virginia in 2014. That’s…