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  • BOSTON, July 19- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said it will reopen a Virginia restaurant on Wednesday, two days after it was closed due to reports that several customers had fallen ill with suspected norovirus. Chipotle voluntarily closed the restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, on Monday, according to a health official for the Loudoun County Public Health...

  • WASHINGTON— An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. Silver went to Singapore and...

  • The cow tested positive for the atypical L-type of BSE after exhibiting clinical signs at an Alabama livestock market, the USDA said in a press release. "This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States," the USDA said. "This finding of an atypical case will not change the negligible...

  • July 18- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc closed a restaurant in Virginia because of a suspected norovirus outbreak among some diners that sent its shares lower on Tuesday as the chain works to bounce back from past food-safety lapses. Chipotle's stock closed down 4.3 percent, or $17.02, at $374.98 on Tuesday after falling as low as $362.40. "Norovirus does not come...

  • July 18- Safeway Inc has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve claims the U.S. supermarket chain failed to promptly report missing or stolen drugs including opioid medications at its pharmacies, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Albertsons, one of the largest U.S. grocery chains, is backed by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP.

  • NEW YORK— Amazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business. Amazon- branded meal kits come with raw ingredients needed to prepare such meals as chicken tikka masala and falafel patties. The development comes as Amazon is also buying the organic grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a deal that...

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration is pushing for increased exports of natural gas and other energy sources as it seeks U.S. He and President Donald Trump have offered a "comforting" message to energy companies seeking to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG at huge terminals in Texas, Louisiana and other states, Perry said: "If you meet the rules, here's your...

  • SEATTLE _ Washington Federal Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $44.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. Washington Federal shares have decreased almost 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with journalists after his annual 'Direct Line with Vladimir Putin broadcast live' by Russian TV channels and radio stations at the Gostiny Dvor studio in Moscow on June 15, 2017.

    Russia has threatened to take retaliatory measures against the United States after diplomatic talks collapsed over the seizure of two mansions.

  • Daniel Montville knew a debt consolidation loan wouldn't solve his financial problems, but the hospice nurse hoped it would give him some breathing room. "That's when I wised up and realized this was a no-win situation," says Montville, 49, of Parma, Ohio. "It's a quick fix," says Danielle Garcia, a credit counselor with American Financial Solutions in Bremerton,...

  • GENEVA, July 17- The European Union and Britain plan to put forward a joint proposal for reform of the terms of their World Trade Organization membership in September or October, an EU source said on Monday, as London negotiates to leave the EU. The joint approach would address aspects of the EU's WTO membership terms, known as its WTO "schedules", that are not easily...

  • Donald Trump speaking from the White House on June 20, 2017.

    The ongoing scandals involving President Donald Trump could put an end to his presidency at a time when his approval ratings are at an all-time low, a political analyst told CNBC on Monday.

  • Bruce Rauner, governor of Illinois, left, delivers a budget address in the House Chamber of the State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

    Tight revenues and uncertainty about the impact of federal tax and budget policies has ignited the worst state budget battles since 2007.

  • The Air Canada plane with 140 people aboard came within 100 feet of crashing onto the first two of four passenger-filled planes readying for takeoff. "The lighting is different for good reason," said Steven Wallace, a former director of accident investigations at the Federal Aviation Administration. Then there is the radio transmission in which one of the Air...

  • SEATTLE— A robot named Tracey greeted passengers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, providing tips to get them smoothly through security checkpoints. CEO Paul McManus says it is a demonstration model, but future versions could recognize when a traveler is wearing sunglasses or a hat and ask them to take it off before the security checkpoint.

  • ST. LOUIS— The $10 per hour minimum wage law in St. Louis will be short-lived, but an effort launching Friday will encourage and pressure businesses to honor the higher wage even if state law doesn't require it. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates above the U.S. minimum, ranging from $7.50 per hour in New Mexico to $12.50 per hour in...

  • Online shoppers looking to score bargains during the Nordstrom anniversary sale instead faced glitches. The Seattle- based department store chain apologized, saying in a tweet that it was working to resolve the issue. The sale was set to start July 21 and end August 6, but Nordstrom cardholders were offered "early access" starting Thursday.

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service reports "significantly higher Mormon cricket populations" on federal land in southwestern Idaho, agency spokeswoman Abbey Powell wrote in an email to The Associated Press. In Idaho, in a few locations, we have seen populations as high as 70 per square yard. " The federal agency says the...

  • California Republican lawmakers in Washington are urging their counterparts in Sacramento not to vote for an extension of the state's cap and trade program. U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says in a letter to state lawmakers that continuing the program will raise taxes for California drivers and families. David Nunes, Kevin Calvert and Tom...

  • SEATTLE— A man accused of drunkenly shooting his wife to death during an Uber ride in Seattle pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. Cameron Espitia, 31, who is jailed on $3 million bail, told investigators he had been drinking and "having a bad night" but didn't remember what happened during the ride July 2, according to charging documents.