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Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually.

5 reasons Amazon is experimenting with physical stores

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:33pm

Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores?

2nd Waffle House co-founder dies weeks after partner's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:30pm

Thomas Francis Forkner Sr., who jumped from real estate to the restaurant business when he co-founded Waffle House in the 1950s, has died weeks after the death of his business partner who helped him create the famous Southern diner chain.

Colorado: No sign yet of well leak in fatal home explosion

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:26pm

Colorado regulators have found no sign of natural gas leaks after a fatal explosion at a home near a gas well, but they are still running tests, officials said Thursday.

Microsoft's fiscal 3Q revenue falls short of expectations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

Microsoft's cloud business propelled its fiscal third-quarter earnings above Wall Street's expectations, but revenue fell short, sending the software maker's stock lower in after-hours trading.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

Facing deadline, most Wisconsin dairy farms find new buyer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:25pm

A dairy group says most of Wisconsin's 58 dairy farms desperately looking for new milk buyers before a Monday deadline have found them.

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:18pm

President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the nation's tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president.

Congress doing bare minimum to keep government running

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:16pm

Congress is doing the bare minimum to keep the country running, readying a short-term spending bill to keep the lights on in government past Saturday, when President Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office.

Starbucks customer traffic stalls amid mobile order issues

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

Starbucks says its customer traffic has been stalled as it works on fixing the congestion created by its mobile order-and-pay option at some stores.

Court: Employers can pay women less based on past salaries

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

House GOP leaders scrounge for votes to exhume health bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life.

2 restaurants abandon no tipping policy, say orders down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:06pm

A couple of restaurants in Maine are abandoning their no tipping policy.

Nudge higher for US stocks enough to push Nasdaq to a record

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:55pm

U.S. stock indexes fluttered up and down Thursday, then ended the day a hair above where they started. The slight gains were enough to nudge the Nasdaq composite to another record and the Standard & Poor's 500 index to within a whisper of its all-time high.

From 0-100: Presidents' first days come at varying speed

Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:50pm

A president's first 100 days can be a tire-squealing hustle from the starting line (Franklin Roosevelt), a triumph of style over substance (Jimmy Carter), a taste of what's to come (Ronald Reagan) or an ambitious plan of action that gets rudely interrupted by world events (pick a president).

Under Armour, Comcast gain on earnings; Southwest drops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:

Trump's gyrations on NAFTA cause a flurry of head-scratching

Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:44pm

President Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" trade policy of bracing clarity: Renegotiate or abandon NAFTA and crack down on China's trade practices.

Alphabet posts 1Q profit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:35pm

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $5.43 billion.

Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

Josh Boak and Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:35pm

Among the likely winners in President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan would be a real estate developer turned reality TV star who now happens to occupy the White House.

Amazon beats Street 1Q forecasts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 2:26pm Inc. (AMZN) on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $724 million.