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  • The Army says it's considering 15 cities for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command, which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting. The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information. The contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles;...

  • Retailers will need to have both an online presence and physical stores in order to compete in today's changing retail landscape, says former Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer. "That's when we knew she called the police on us," Nelson told The Associated Press in the men's first interview since video of their April 12 arrests went viral. Nelson and Robinson, black men who became best...

  • Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year. So we still have work to do even though we're legal in Colorado.

  • Prospective home buyers tour a model home at the PulteGroup Mirehaven housing development in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    A critical shortage of houses for sale caused home prices in March to take the biggest leap in four years.

  • SEATTLE— The U.S. government has agreed to chip in $51 million to clean up pollution at a Seattle site where The Boeing Co. made and tested B-17, B-52 and other bomber planes beginning in World War II. The Departments of Defense, Commerce and other agencies agreed in a proposed settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. In a lawsuit filed along with...

  • CEO Jeff Bezos quantified the size of Amazon's Prime membership for the first time Wednesday in his annual letter to the Seattle company's shareholders. Costco has been selling annual memberships to get bargains on goods stocked in its warehouses for decades, and already been outdone by Amazon's Prime service. Costco has 50.4 million memberships that allow...

  • NEW YORK, April 18- Trading across U.S. government bond maturities was range-bound on Wednesday, as the yield curve nevertheless continued to flatten for the ninth consecutive market day. "The short end is intent on Fed tightening," said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president, fixed income trading at D.A. The bigger moves at the front end were still minor, however, despite...

  • In metro areas such as Denver, buyers are rushing to close a deal before mortgage rates get too high. And in places such as Los Angeles, where the number of homes for sale is down sharply from a year ago, sellers routinely receive multiple offers. At a time when home prices are rising faster than incomes in many parts of the country, that could be enough to shut out some...

  • *Whiskey importers in China concerned at punitive tariffs threat. *Whiskey among goods targeted by China in proposed retaliation. His next shipment from New York could be a lot more expensive as China prepares to slap a 25 percent additional tariff on hundreds of American products, including whiskey, because of a deepening trade dispute with the United States.

  • April 16- Shares of U.S. drug suppliers rose on Monday after a report that Amazon.com Inc had dropped plans to sell drugs to hospitals, in a boost to a pharmaceutical supply chain rattled by the looming threat of competition from the online retailer. Healthcare investors expect Amazon will become a major force in the industry, fueled by recent media reports that...

  • Seko Logistics, a privately held freight transport and warehousing company with annual revenue of more than $750 million, said on Monday it was rolling out a product assembly service for large and bulky items the company delivers directly to U.S. households. "The interest from retailers, brands and consumers in value-added home delivery services has never...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the...

  • NEW YORK— If you want to tailor a Facebook ad to a single user out of its universe of 2.2 billion, you could. Trying to pitch your boutique bed and breakfast to a 44- year-old "trendy mom" who lives in Seattle, leans conservative and is currently traveling in the Toronto area but hasn't booked a hotel for the night yet? The ads you might see can be tailored to you down to the...

  • NEW YORK— In a story April 11 about internet sales tax, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the online retailer Rocker Rags gets a small percentage of its sales from out of state. Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case. NEW YORK— Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in...

  • NJ Transit, the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States, has previously said it will order 113 multilevel passenger cars to modernize its aging fleet, which has been criticized for overcrowding and delays. Despite a healthy $34 billion global backlog, Bombardier Transportation is under pressure to improve performance in North...

  • NJ Transit, the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States, has previously said it will order 113 multi-level passenger cars to modernize its aging fleet, which has been criticized for overcrowding and delays. Despite a healthy $34 billion global backlog, Bombardier Transportation is under pressure to improve performance in North...

  • MONTREAL, April 12- Bombardier will bid on an upcoming New Jersey Transit rail car contract, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the Canadian plane and train-maker seeks to boost its North American business after losing ground in the region to rivals. NJ Transit, the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States, has previously...

  • NEW YORK— Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in a state where they don't have a store or other building. The justices will hear online retailers Wayfair, Overstock.com and Newegg challenging a South Dakota law...

  • SEATTLE, April 11- XPO Logistics Inc unveiled software on Wednesday that allows merchants to track truck and rail cargo in real-time nationwide, technology the third-largest publicly traded U.S. logistics firm hopes will help reduce bottlenecks at its warehouses. The XPO online portal lets customers shop around for capacity and track their shipment in...