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  • NEW YORK— Can Amazon, the company that persuaded people to buy ever more items online, win enough of them over to having their fresh groceries arrive in an Amazon box? Going full throttle into groceries by announcing a $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods on Friday, Amazon gets the advantage of using the stores as mini-distribution hubs to deliver items to customers.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods could mean big changes for the way people buy groceries— and just about everything else. Amazon could try to use automation and data analysis to draw more customers to stores while helping Whole Foods cut costs and perhaps prices. Just two years ago, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey told Bloomberg...

  • NEW YORK— A look at Amazon.com Inc. and Wholes Foods Market Inc. by the numbers. The online retail juggernaut Amazon said Friday it is buying grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, including debt. Annual sales: $136 billion in 2016.

  • Largecap tech is expected to see a more than 3 percent weighting increase in Russell's growth index, a major benchmark for portfolio managers. At the other end of the spectrum, largecap healthcare and consumer discretionary are expected to see the biggest weighting bumps in Russell's value category according to Jefferies, with increases of 2.6 percent and...

  • NEW YORK— Online retail giant Amazon is making a bold expansion into physical stores with a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods, setting the stage for radical retail experiments that could revolutionize how people buy groceries and everything else. Amazon will be able to use automation and data analysis to draw more customers to stores while helping Whole...

  • Largecap tech is expected to see a more than 3 percent weighting increase in Russell's growth index, a major benchmark for portfolio managers. At the other end of the spectrum, largecap healthcare and consumer discretionary are expected to see the biggest weighting bumps in Russell's value category according to Jefferies, with increases of 2.6 percent and...

  • June 15- Amazon.com Inc's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday turned to an unusual source of inspiration for how to donate part of his wealth: Twitter. His family has also given more than $40 million to Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, not far from Amazon's headquarters. Still, Bezos has yet to make charity a cornerstone of his work, like...

  • RENO, Nev.— Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling it on July 1. But Nevada's quick timeline faces a major hurdle: A legal battle between the state and the powerful liquor lobby over who can distribute the drug to retailers. Oregon and Colorado each raised about $3.5 million in tax...

  • RICHLAND, Wash.— Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated Press. Adding to the likelihood of more...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 14- A UPS driver opened fire with a handgun inside a United Parcel Service Inc delivery center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as police closed in, authorities and company officials said. Five other people suffered less serious injuries in a frantic exit from the building, San...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 14- A UPS driver opened fire with a handgun inside a United Parcel Service Inc delivery center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three co-workers before fatally shooting himself as police closed in, authorities and company officials said. Two other people were taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds, and another five individuals...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 14- A UPS driver armed with a handgun opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc package-sorting center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three people before fatally shooting himself as officers closed in. The victims, like the gunman, were also company drivers, said Steve Gaut, head of investor relations at UPS. Two other people were taken...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 14- A man dressed in a UPS uniform and armed with an "assault pistol" opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc package sorting hub in San Francisco, killing three people before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said. Two other people were shot and have been taken to an area hospital, San Francisco police said. Any shooting is one shooting...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 14- A man dressed in a UPS uniform and armed with an "assault pistol" opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc package sorting hub in San Francisco, killing three people before turning the gun on himself, police said. Police did not identify the suspect or say if he was a UPS employee. The shooter and the victims were all drivers, said Steve Gaut, head...

  • SHANGHAI— The Chinese government has granted preliminary approval for nine Donald Trump trademarks it had previously rejected, in whole or in part, the Associated Press found, a turn that is likely to fuel further allegations that Beijing may be giving the president's family business special treatment. China's Trademark Office did not respond to requests...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Typewriter enthusiasts gather at an Albuquerque restaurant to experiment with vintage Smith Coronas. A new documentary on typewriters featuring Tom Hanks and musician John Mayer is set for release this summer. "I haven't seen business like this in years," said John Lewis, a typewriter repairman who has operated out of his Albuquerque shop for...

  • *Flannery to take over as CEO on Aug. 1, chairman on Dec. 31. The maker of jet engines, power plants, medical scanners and railroad locomotives on Monday named veteran insider John Flannery as its next CEO, taking over from longtime leader Jeff Immelt, who reshaped one of corporate America's icons to focus more on technology but failed to deliver profit growth fast...

  • *Flannery to take over as CEO on Aug. 1, chairman on Dec. 31. The maker of jet engines, power plants, medical scanners and railroad locomotives on Monday named veteran insider John Flannery as its next chief executive. He takes over from Jeff Immelt who will step aside Aug. 1 after 16 years as the head of the conglomerate he helped steer through the financial crisis but is...

  • SEATTLE— Starbucks has teamed up with Lady Gaga for a set of brightly colored summer drinks that will raise money for the singer's foundation. Starbucks says 25 cents from every drink will be donated to Gaga's " Born This Way" foundation, which has an ongoing campaign to encourage kindness. Starbucks is contributing a minimum of $250,000 to Gaga's foundation.

  • *Flannery to take over as CEO on Aug. 1, chairman on Dec. 31. June 12- General Electric Co on Monday named veteran insider John Flannery as its next chief executive, taking over from Jeff Immelt who is stepping aside after 16 years as the head of the conglomerate he helped steer through the financial crisis but is now worth a third less than when he took over.