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Shkreli ordered to return $64M, is barred from drug industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli must return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company reaped from jacking up the price and monopolizing the market for a lifesaving drug, a federal judge ruled Friday while also barring the provocative, imprisoned ex-CEO from the pharmaceutical industry ...

#BettyWhiteChallenge raising money and awareness for animals

The late Betty White was a tireless lifetime advocate for animals, from caring for those without homes to launching her own weekly TV show, "The Pet Set," dedicated to her celebrity friends and their pets. Her most far-reaching contribution, though, may be yet to come: On Monday, fans of White ...

NJ casinos, tracks won $4.7B in 2021; in-person winnings lag

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino gambling, sports betting and online wagering in New Jersey brought in over $4.7 billion in 2021, but the casinos' core business — in-person gambling — did slightly poorer than it did before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Figures released Friday by the New ...

Lawsuit: Google, Facebook CEOs colluded in online ad sales

Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the lawsuit alleges. The original, redacted ...

Stocks end mostly higher, but still log another losing week

A late-afternoon recovery in technology stocks helped erase most of the market's losses Friday, though it wasn't enough to keep major indexes from posting their second straight losing week. The S&P 500 eked out a 0.1% gain in the final minutes of trading after having been down about 1% ...

Tightened federal water protections won’t slow some projects

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It's the latest twist in a long-running dispute ...

Netflix upping US, Canada prices with competition growing

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is raising prices for its video streaming customers in the U.S. and Canada, less than a year and a half since its last price increase, as competition from other streaming services increases. The Los Gatos, California, company said Friday that prices are going up by $1 ...

‘Worst house on best block’ of San Francisco sells for $2M

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A decaying, 122-year-old Victorian marketed as "the worst house on the best block" of San Francisco has sold for nearly $2 million — an eye-catching price that the realtor said was the outcome of overbidding in an auction. A developer's $1.97 million cash offer for ...

Nevada casinos data: Jobs lost, revenues down amid pandemic

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic emerged in stark numbers in an annual report showing a decrease in employees at Nevada's biggest casinos and anemic revenues during the 12 months that followed a statewide casino shutdown in 2020. The Nevada Gaming Control ...

Thieves raiding rail cargo containers in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, taking packages belonging to people across the U.S. and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes. The packages are from retailers including Amazon, REI and others, ...

Ducey proposes earned-income tax credit in $14B budget plan

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a tax credit for Arizona's low-income workers, the first time in his eight years of pushing tax cuts that he pitched a benefit targeted at the bottom end of the income spectrum. In his final budget proposal before leaving office, Ducey ...

FAA sets rules for some Boeing 787 landings near 5G service

Federal safety officials are directing operators of some Boeing planes to adopt extra procedures when landing on wet or snowy runways near impending 5G service because, they say, interference from the wireless networks could mean that the planes need more room to land. The Federal Aviation ...

Biden team regroups after court loss on COVID shots-or-test

WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned but not giving up, President Joe Biden is anxiously pushing ahead to prod people to get COVID-19 shots after the Supreme Court put a halt to the administration's sweeping vaccinate-or-test plan for large employers. At a time when hospitals are being overrun and ...

Georgia deputy suspended over Facebook comment about Arbery

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's deputy was suspended and faces being fired over comments posted on social media after a judge sentenced three white men to life imprisonment in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, news outlets reported. Reacting to a story on WGXA-TV's Facebook page ...

Hospital: Poor health only criteria for pig heart transplant

A Maryland hospital is defending its decision to transplant a pig's heart into a dying man following reports that the patient had a criminal past, saying his eligibility was "based solely on his medical records." David Bennett, 57, is still recovering from last week's highly experimental ...

Goodbye ‘godsend’: Expiration of child tax credits hits home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit — a program that was intended to be part of President Joe Biden's legacy but has emerged instead as a flash point over who is worthy of government ...

Judge allows video release in Black man’s shooting death

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted a request from the police chief of a North Carolina city to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty sheriff's deputy. Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins filed the ...

Nude baby on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ refiles dismissed lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who as a 4-month-old appeared nude on the 1991 cover of Nirvana's album "Nevermind" on Thursday filed a new version of his lawsuit alleging the image is child pornography. Federal Judge Fernando M. Olguin had dismissed Spencer Elden's lawsuit on Jan. 4 after a ...

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with "high-quality masks," as he highlighted his efforts to "surge" resources to help the country weather the ...

Ohio governor facing primary: No pandemic response regrets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he has no regrets about his response to the coronavirus pandemic even if Republican voters who thought he went too far are angry enough to vote him out in the upcoming May primary. DeWine, 75, is running for a second four-year term, which ...