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  • No union mines left in Kentucky, where labor wars once raged

    HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize. Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. In past decades, organizers have been beaten, stabbed and shot while seeking…

  • Tourism, businesses find uneasy balance at New England ports

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — From the cab of his seafood truck, Louis Giannola watches pedestrians wandering with their noses in their phones as shoppers, diners and frustrated motorists crowd Commercial Street on busy summer days.…

  • Black couple uses housing law to sue over slurs, threats

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Citing a sliver of civil rights-era legislation more commonly used as protection against discriminatory landlords, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a north Georgia city they say failed…

  • Giant opens new store in Alexandria

    WASHINGTON — A new Giant grocery store opened Friday on the corner of East Glebe Road and Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria. The new store is 57,716 square feet — three times larger than its previous…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ US jobless rate falls to 7-year low; Fed move still unclear WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed — a mixed bag of…

  • Carter Lay, grandson of potato chip maker, dies at 44

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carter Lay, a philanthropist who supported music education and was a grandson of the famed potato chip maker, has died. Lt. David Smith, a supervising coroner investigator at the Los Angeles…

  • Home decorating retailer At Home files for IPO

    NEW YORK (AP) — At Home Group, a chain of stores that sells furniture, rugs and other home goods, said Friday that it plans to become a publicly-traded company. The company, founded in 1979, was…

  • Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT

    EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.…

  • Maryland officials announce new health insurance rates

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Officials announced new premium rates for small group and individual health insurance plans Friday, with critics highlighting substantial increases for individual plans for CareFirst of Maryland Inc. — the largest insurer…

  • Update on the latest business

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Stocks extend losses NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have been extending their steep losses today, after a mixed U.S. jobs report left investors uncertain about whether the Federal Reserve will start to raise…

  • US hiring sizzles in health care and restaurants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring is hot in health care and hospitality. Health care and social assistance employers added more than 56,000 jobs in August, led by hospitals and health service providers. The social assistance…

  • Wave of new Windows 10 devices on show at Berlin tech fair

    BERLIN (AP) — Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA home electronics show opening in Berlin on Friday. The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent…

  • Recalls this week: windshield deicer, bicycles

    More than 4 million bottles of windshield deicer and frost reducer are being recalled because the trigger assembly can be removed by children, posing a risk of poisoning. Other recalled consumer products include bicycles and…

  • BlackBerry will buy security company Good Tech for $425M

    NEW YORK (AP) — BlackBerry said Friday that it will make another security-related acquisition, buying Good Technology for $425 million in cash. BlackBerry, once known for making smartphones, is now trying to focus on software…

  • LL Bean stores in Freeport to close for leader’s memorial

    FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The L.L. Bean flagship store that’s open 24/7 year-round will close for the memorial service next weekend for longtime leader Leon Gorman, who died this week at age 80. It’ll be…