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In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, a robot named Pepper stands in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Pepper is programmed to interact with guests and answer pre-programmed questions. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 10, 2018 - 2:09 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call. Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas' casino-hotels...
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This 2014 photo provided by the Yakima Police Department shows a Smith & Wesson 9-mm pistol on a table in the apartment where Kyle Juhl used it to kill himself in Yakima, Wash. The pistol that Juhl used to kill himself was familiar to law enforcement: The Washington State Patrol had seized it years earlier while investigating a crime and then arranged its sale back to the public. It eventually fell into Juhl's hands, illegally. (Amber Ross/Yakima Police Department via AP)
January 08, 2018 - 3:15 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A yearlong Associated Press analysis found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington state since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations. Identifying guns sold by law enforcement and matching them to new crimes required extensive...
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January 04, 2018 - 10:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses ended 2017 with a hiring pop, adding 94,000 jobs last month, according to payroll provider ADP. The increase followed the creation of 53,000 jobs in November, and was well above the 61,000 small companies added on average each month for all of 2017, according to ADP...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, a foreign fishing crew checks for damage on the Sea Queen IIA at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Two Indonesian fishermen ran away from the vessel’s sister ship, the Sea Queen II, which is owned by the same captain, when it was berthed here. Attorneys for the fishermen said they settled their lawsuit against Thoai Van Nguyen, the California-based owner and captain of the ships, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
January 03, 2018 - 8:25 pm
Two Indonesian fishermen who say they were enslaved on an American fishing boat have settled their lawsuit against the vessel's owner seven years after escaping and receiving special U.S. visas as victims of human trafficking, their lawyers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The attorneys said...
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Customers purchase marijuana at MedMen in West Hollywood, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. The California state law legalizing Marijuana went into effect on Jan. 1. (David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)
January 02, 2018 - 9:27 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's legal pot economy was supposed to operate under the umbrella of a vast computerized system to track marijuana from seed to storefronts, ensuring that plants are followed throughout the supply chain and don't drift into the black market. But recreational cannabis...
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December 28, 2017 - 5:42 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. officials say they misspoke when they recently announced their approval of a major coal mine expansion in Montana. U.S. Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday that the expansion is under review. She says "internal miscommunication" led to the...
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December 26, 2017 - 1:13 pm
SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING Small companies are getting more interested in borrowing, but many are still finding it hard to get loans from banks. That's the finding of a quarterly survey of small businesses released last week by Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo, Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, poses in the bureau's office in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 23, 2017 - 4:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's legal pot market opens for business on Jan. 1. The day will be a milestone, but what exactly will happen then and, especially, in the weeks and months to come is unclear. Lori Ajax is the state's top pot regulator and has been at the center of the effort to establish...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, Marijuana plants are displayed at the Green Goat Family Farms stand at "The State of Cannabis," a California industry group meeting in Long Beach, Calif. There will be no legal pot party in Los Angeles on Jan. 1. California kicks off recreational sales on New Year's Day, becoming the largest state in the nation with legal cannabis for adults. But Los Angeles officials announced Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, that dispensaries in the city won't be part of the celebration. The city won't begin accepting applications to sell legal recreational pot until Jan. 3, 2018, and it could take weeks before those businesses are properly licensed with the city and state. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
December 22, 2017 - 6:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There will be no legal pot party in Los Angeles on Jan. 1. California kicks off recreational sales on New Year's Day, becoming the largest state in the nation with legal marijuana. But Los Angeles officials announced Friday that dispensaries in the city won't be part of the...
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FILE - In this July, 7, 2004, file photo, a sign at the entrance to the Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Company bottling plant, owned by Swiss conglomerate Nestle, on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Cabazon, Calif. Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, may have to stop taking millions of gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest because state regulators concluded it lacks valid permits. The State Water Resources Control Board notified the company on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, that an investigation concluded it doesn't have proper rights to pipe about three-quarters of the water it currently withdraws for bottling. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
December 21, 2017 - 9:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, may have to stop taking millions of gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest because state regulators concluded it lacks valid permits. The State Water Resources Control Board notified the company on...
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