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  • 5 Tufts students go on hunger strike over janitor layoffs

    MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Five students at Tufts University began a hunger strike Sunday over the university’s plans to cut about 35 janitorial jobs at the end of May. More than 80 students, janitors and…

  • AmEx to roll out loyalty program Plenti on Monday

    NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will roll out a new loyalty program, Plenti, on Monday, allowing U.S. shoppers for the first time to earn rewards points through a variety of purchases, from paying a…

  • Pretty in Pink: Princess is good for nation of shopkeepers

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s retailers might just be rejoicing as much as Kate and Wills about the birth of a new baby princess. Baby boutiques, clothing stores and fashion designers received a gift that will…

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT

    The Latest: Baltimore Gov. Hogan calls for ‘Day of Prayer and Peace’ on Sunday 9:30 p.m. Gov. Larry Hogan has called for a statewide “Day Of Prayer And Peace” on Sunday after civil unrest rocked…

  • Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John rock the New Orleans Jazz Fest

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With thousands of people packing the infield at the Fair Grounds Race Track, hundreds more ignored “No Chair Zone” and “Standing Room Only” signs, setting up chairs 15 and 20 deep…

  • Small, midsize SUVs drive April US auto sales gains

    DETROIT (AP) — In April of 2014, the compact Chevrolet Cruze outsold the Equinox midsize SUV by more than a thousand vehicles. A year later, the Equinox trounced the Cruze by nearly 8,000 in sales.…

  • 1 in 4 US renters must use half their pay for housing costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That’s the finding of an analysis of Census data by…

  • Top selling vehicles in the US in April

    Automakers released April U.S. auto sales on Friday. These were the top selling vehicles, the number sold and the percent change from April of 2014. Vehicle Number sold Percent change from April 2014 Ford F-Series…

  • LinkedIn and Yum Brands are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE LinkedIn Corp., down $46.92 to $205.21 The professional networking service gave…

  • Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

    FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of…

  • NY supermarket owner surprises employees with partnership

    NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — Supermarket owner Frank Budwey is giving away the store — and his employees couldn’t be happier. Budwey, 66, surprised his full-time workers with the news he is bringing them on…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 26th. FICTION 1. “Memory Man” by David Balducci (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)…

  • Workers in confined spaces to come under protection rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction workers in confined spaces like manholes and tanks will come under a new federal rule intended to give them similar protections to workers in manufacturing and other industries. The rule is…

  • SeaWorld cited over safety of trainers who work with orcas

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld — whose safety practices have been under scrutiny since an animal trainer was killed in 2010 by an orca at its Orlando, Florida, park — has now been cited for…

  • Recalls this week: Kaleidoscope toys, batteries

    A line of portable jumpstart batteries that can overheat and cause a fire are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include electric bicycles that can also overheat and kaleidoscope toys with parts that are…