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Michigan cutting 3 regional prison stores under new contract

(LANSING, Mich., AP) — Officials say about 30 state prison workers are losing their jobs as Michigan eliminates three regional prison stores. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1FeAspK) Michigan is…

Small investors blame losses on brokers they once trusted

By BERNARD CONDON (NEW YORK, AP) — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively…

US: Thailand must end slavery in its fishing fleets

By MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer The U.S. government and major business leaders are renewing their call on the Thai government to crack down on slavery in its fishing fleets,…

Missouri Senate OKs eases employer tip tax withholding duty

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Restaurants and other businesses say they should be responsible for withholding state income taxes only from wages and the amount of tips workers report to…

Smoke forces evacuation of Smirnoff Theater in Branson

(BRANSON, Mo., AP) — Dozens of people were evacuated from the Yakov Smirnoff Theater in Branson after smoke filled the theater. No one was injured in Thursday’s incident at the…

Alaska fishermen consider leaving marketing association

By MOLLY DISCHNER (JUNEAU, Alaska, AP) — A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska’s Copper River sockeye salmon by name.…

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over Mayflower oil spill

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark., AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower, finding that he was wrong in granting class-action…

Hunt Brothers rules rural pizza market from gas stations

By JONATHAN DREW (ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn., AP) — If you’re looking for pizza along the Andersonville Highway between the Museum of Appalachia and a mountain lake created by the Tennessee Valley…

European stocks rebound after Wall Street inspired sell-off

By BERNARD CONDON (NEW YORK, AP) — U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower Wednesday, stabilizing a day after their biggest sell-off in two months. With no obvious catalyst pushing them…

Jury awards $491M in damages in prearranged funerals case

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A St. Louis federal jury has awarded $491 million in damages in a 6-year-old lawsuit linked to the collapse years ago of a company that sold…