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Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for business

Haruka Nuga, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 7:14pm

Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping consumers will splash out on long holidays and memorabilia.

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt registers as energy lobbyist in Indiana

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 6:55pm

Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana on Thursday as fossil-fuels interests there are fighting to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants.

Oregon sheriff known for standoff to resign over funds

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:57pm

A small-town sheriff who gained national attention for his leadership during a 41-day standoff with armed occupiers at a wildlife refuge in Oregon is resigning, citing chronic underfunding for his department and concerns about liability caused by an outdated and understaffed jail.

Facebook says more Instagram passwords exposed than thought

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:47pm

Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago.

Japanese father, son appear in Las Vegas in $1.5B fraud case

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:15pm

Two former investment executives from Japan pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas on Thursday to criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors have called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme.

Former VP Biden rallies with striking supermarket workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 4:57pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden attended a rally of striking supermarket workers in New England on Thursday, arguing that workers aren't being treated with enough respect.

Musk, SEC get another week to reach deal in contempt case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:35pm

Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court.

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:04pm

The Missouri House passed legislation Thursday that could effectively block one of the nation's largest wind energy projects by prohibiting its developers from using eminent domain to run a high-voltage power line across the Midwest.

Union Pacific, Canopy move higher but Alcoa, Skechers fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:50pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:

National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul

Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:29pm

The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News following a rocky year in which the tabloid was accused of burying stories that could have hurt Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The parent company of the National Enquirer says the tabloid is being sold to former Hudson News newsstand mogul

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:24pm

The parent company of the National Enquirer says the tabloid is being sold to former Hudson News newsstand mogul.

North Dakota, Dakota Access developer settle land dispute

Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:38pm

North Dakota and the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline settled a lawsuit over the Texas company's ownership of ranchland in the Plains state where corporations aren't allowed in the farming industry.

Foxconn says committed to long term Wisconsin job creation

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:35pm

Foxconn Technology Group said Thursday it remains committed to "long term" job creation in Wisconsin, after Gov. Tony Evers said it was unrealistic to expect the company to employ 13,000 people as promised.

Putin envoy in Caracas rejects US revival of Monroe Doctrine

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:34pm

As Venezuela's reliance on Russia grows amid the country's unfolding crisis, Vladimir Putin's point man in Caracas is pushing back on the U.S. revival of a doctrine used for generations to justify military interventions in the region.

San Francisco's campy "Beach Blanket Babylon" show to end

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:33pm

The campy "Beach Blanket Babylon" musical revue that has been a must-see for San Francisco tourists for 45 years is coming to an end.

Commission: New NAFTA would deliver modest economic gains

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:27pm

President Donald Trump's new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost, an independent federal agency has found.

Judge scales back Weinstein suit, allows sex-traffic claim

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:21pm

A lawsuit seeking to represent any woman with a claim against Harvey Weinstein can proceed on sex-trafficking grounds, a judge ruled Thursday, as he dramatically shrank the scope of an action trying to treat the disgraced movie producer and various companies like a mob organization.

NJ regulators approve $300M in nuclear plant subsidies

Mike Catalini, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:11pm

New Jersey regulators voted Thursday to approve $300 million in customer-funded subsidies for the state's nuclear industry despite finding the plants are financially viable.

Union Pacific 1Q profit up 6% despite less freight

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 12:29pm

Union Pacific's first quarter profit chugged ahead 6% even though the railroad hauled 2% fewer carloads and dealt with massive flooding.