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  • TOKYO— A Japanese actress who won a settlement from a director she said sexually harassed her says she plans to use the money she won to start a# MeToo group for Japan's entertainment industry. The 20- year-old actress, who goes by the name Chino, leads the Tokyo- based theater troupe TremendousCircus. She says director Mikiya Ichihara took her to karaoke in 2015...

  • Tokyo- based Honda said Friday it posted a January-March profit of 107.7 billion yen, up from 95.9 billion yen a year earlier. Honda, which makes the Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot, says the results were achieved despite some unfavorable currency moves. The company also suffered from costs related to a massive recall caused by faulty air-bag inflators made by...

  • LONDON— Royal Bank of Scotland says first-quarter profit more than tripled as it moved past the havoc wreaked by the global financial crisis. RBS has simplified its operations to focus on the U.K. market after briefly becoming the world's largest bank through a series of acquisitions. CEO Ross McEwan says the results show progress "despite a more competitive...

  • DENVER— Colorado teachers are protesting this week for higher salaries and increased money for schools, prompting questions about why the state's booming marijuana sales have not fixed the funding problems. The 2012 voter-approved constitutional amendment that allowed adults to buy marijuana got a boost from a commitment to send millions of dollars to...

  • Benchmarks in New Zealand, Taiwan and Southeast Asia also rose. Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and United Parcel Service reported higher first-quarter profits. Strong results from companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill and O'Reilly Automotive helped retailers and other consumer-focused companies.

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Automaker Daimler AG saw first-quarter net profit fall 11 percent due to shifting currency exchange rates and one-time gains in the year-earlier quarter. But the company had stronger earnings from its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division and raised its profit forecast for the year, saying earnings will increase slightly even as it spends...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Investigators who used a genealogical website to find the ex-policeman they believe is a shadowy serial killer and rapist who terrified California decades ago call the technique ground-breaking. There aren't strong privacy laws to keep police from trolling ancestry site databases, said Steve Mercer, the chief attorney for the forensic...

  • BOSTON— Massachusetts gambling regulators are considering Wynn Resorts' request to remove Steve Wynn's name from its state casino license as the company founder faces numerous allegations of sexual misconduct. The five-member panel is investigating what the company's board might have known about allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn,...

  • GREENSBORO, N.C.— Clifford Alexander scoops a handful of black ballpoint pens, drops them into a small box and shakes it with a blackjack dealer's nonchalance. He slides in the next handful to make an exact dozen, and sends the box down the assembly line. The pen's history traces back to April 20, 1968, when it was introduced to government buyers, said the National...

  • NEW YORK— President Donald Trump's personal attorney, whose business dealings are being investigated by the FBI, and his father-in-law have lent $26 million in recent years to a taxi mogul who is shifting into the legalized marijuana industry, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Semyon "Sam" Shtayner, a longtime business associate of...

  • An explosion and asphalt fire at a Wisconsin oil refinery on Thursday sent huge plumes of smoke into the air that pollution experts said almost certainly contained large amounts of toxins, posing a serious health risk to those living downwind. The gases include so-called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which can cause symptoms ranging from dizziness,...

  • Authorities said Thursday that a fire at a northwestern Wisconsin refinery where an explosion injured at least 11 people was out, but that an evacuation order for residents of Superior would remain and be re-evaluated throughout the night. But late Thursday night, Superior police gave another update, saying the evacuation order would stay in place.

  • WASHINGTON— Lawmakers are harshly criticizing Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief blamed "half truths" and "twisted" allegations, an effort to undermine the Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda.

  • Superior police tweeted the update late Thursday night. An explosion rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday morning. It was unclear how many people were being evacuated, but Superior Mayor Jim Paine said most of the city was being evacuated.

  • Investors value these companies at $3.5 trillion; the gross domestic product of the U.K. was $2.6 trillion in 2017, according to the International Monetary Fund. Only four national economies are larger than the combined tech giants: those of the U.S., China, Japan and Germany. The same five tech companies are worth more than the next 11 most valuable U.S....

  • Joseph James DeAngelo, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes in the 1970 s and 80 s, was arrested more than three decades after the last killing with the help of information from an online genealogical site. The Sacramento County district attorney's office said Thursday DNA from one of...

  • UNION CITY, Calif. _ Abaxis Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $10 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $67 million.

  • GETTYSBURG, Pa. _ ACNB Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $4.9 million. ACNB shares have climbed 1.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Access a Zacks stock report on ACNB at https://www.zacks.com/ap/ACNB.

  • CARLSBAD, Calif. _ Callaway Golf Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $62.9 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $371.7 million.

  • SHORT HILLS, N.J. _ Investors Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $57.9 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. Investors Bancorp shares have fallen slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.