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Ex-detective pleads guilty to operating brothels

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:35pm

A retired New York Police Department vice detective and his wife have admitted to running a prostitution and gambling ring that allegedly involved seven police officers and dozens of civilians.

Claim seeks $45M for incapacitated woman who gave birth

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:04pm

Lawyers for an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care facility have filed a $45 million notice of claim against the state, saying she may have been impregnated before.

Chinese man guilty of defrauding Apple out of 1,500 iPhones

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 5:28pm

Over the span of two years, a Chinese national in Oregon sent devices that looked like iPhones to Apple, saying they wouldn't turn on and should be replaced under warranty. He didn't just submit a couple of the devices -- he delivered in person or shipped to Apple around 3,000 of them.

United CEO vows to be aboard 737 Max when its cleared to fly

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:21pm

CEO Oscar Munoz says he will be aboard United Airlines' first flight of a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft fly again.

Judge approves $105M fund for California wildfire survivors

Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 4:12pm

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. received approval Wednesday to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's equipment.

Brazil's Natura announces purchase of Avon Products

Anna Jean Kaiser and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:56pm

The Brazilian cosmetics maker Natura announced Wednesday that it is buying Avon Products in an all-stock deal that it valued at $3.7 billion, in move that would create the world's fourth-largest group of beauty products.

Is Siri sexist? UN cautions against biased voice assistants

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:54pm

Are the female voices behind Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa amplifying gender bias around the world?

Nicaragua warns banks of sanctions if they join strike

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:24pm

Nicaragua's finance minister warned banks Wednesday that the government will sanction those that participate in a general strike scheduled for Thursday to pressure for the freeing of political prisoners.

Prominent upstate New York landlord indicted for fraud

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:12pm

Prominent upstate New York landlord Robert Morgan was charged Wednesday in a 114-count federal indictment with inflating property values in his expansive real estate portfolio to secure more than $500 million in loans.

Amazon rejects facial recognition, climate change proposals

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:08pm

Despite pressure from civil rights groups, activist investors and its own employees, Amazon said Wednesday that shareholders at an annual meeting in Seattle voted against proposals related to two major social issues: climate change and facial recognition technology.

Mnuchin says Tubman $20 bill design delayed past 2020

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:30pm

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman has been delayed.

Target soars while Qualcomm plunges

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:27pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday:

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:22pm

An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products from toys to clothing. But some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving consumers to carry the load.

Russian opposition leader's associate jailed for 20 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:20pm

A top associate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 20 days in jail in connection with an unsanctioned protest rally last year.

The Latest: Prosecutor says ski resort execs, others lied

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:09pm

The Latest on the indictment of officials in what prosecutors say was a fraudulent Vermont investment plan (all times local):

The Latest: Judge refuses to block Trump bank subpoenas

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 2:07pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's efforts to block congressional subpoenas seeking records from his banks (all times local):

Atlantic City casino earnings way down amid more competition

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:32pm

More casinos have meant less profit in Atlantic City since two gambling halls reopened last summer.

Mandatory overtime for nurses at center of hospital strike

John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:20pm

A hospital strike now in its third week is putting a spotlight on staffing shortages at the same time Ohio lawmakers are debating legislation that would allow nurses to refuse mandatory overtime.

Saudi Aramco to buy liquid natural gas from US company

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 1:09pm

Saudi Arabia's state owned oil company will begin buying liquid natural gas from a U.S. company under a 20 year agreement, reflecting the shifting dynamics in the world's energy markets.