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Whole Foods is officially breaking up with Instacart

When Instacart began delivering Whole Foods Market groceries in 2014, it was the first national partner the startup had landed. Instacart founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta once described both companies as sharing “a common vision to create great grocery shopping experience.”That once-close partnership, however, will soon be ending.Pushed to the side after Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion and started its own delivery operation at the grocer, […]

Authorities in cities across U.S. respond to emailed bomb threats

Authorities in a number of U.S. cities are responding to bomb threats that were received via email Thursday, according to published reports.Cities where the threats have been received include Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Detroit; Oklahoma City; Orlando;  South Bend, Ind.; and Tampa. Oklahoma City police told The Oklahoman that multiple bomb […]

UK's May, embattled at home, seeks EU lifeline on Brexit

BRUSSELS (AP) ” European Union leaders offered Theresa May sympathy but no promises Thursday, as the British prime minister, weakened after a leadership challenge, sought a lifeline that could help her sell her Brexit divorce deal to a hostile U.K. Parliament.May acknowledged a breakthrough on her Brexit deal was unlikely even as she tried to get tweaks to it that she could use to win over opponents ” particularly pro-Brexit lawmakers whose loathing of the deal triggered a challenge […]

An Arizona journalism saga: Poisoning claims, nasty divorce

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) ” An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga.Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit of trying to kill him by poisoning him, and detailed the allegations in one of the small-town newspapers he owns, the 13,000-circulation Prescott Daily Courier.None of the three news stories in the paper named his wife. But the Courier […]

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):3:35 p.m.The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Senators unanimously passed a resolution Thursday in a direct rebuke to the crown prince. It calls for the Saudi Arabian government to “ensure appropriate accountability.”It’s unclear […]

Authorities: Bomb threats across US appear to be hoax

NEW YORK (AP) ” Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax.The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.Some of the emails had the subject line: “Think Twice.”The Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff’s office and the Boise, Idaho, police said they had no reason to […]

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) ” The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):8:45 p.m.The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are “failing” to produce meaningful results.Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended the 24th edition of the U.N. talks, being held this year in Poland and set to end Friday.

Billionaire builds beach access app after violating rules

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) ” A tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding in a redwood grove violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 spots where people can get to the coastline.The California Coastal Commission planned to unveil the YourCoast app at its meeting Thursday in Newport Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported. Napster co-founder Sean Parker agreed to help make the educational tool after he built a large site […]

Court nixes pension law that prompted teacher protests

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) ” The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to one of the country’s worst-funded public pension systems, a victory for teachers who closed schools across the state in protest earlier this year.The court unanimously rejected the law not because of what it did, but because they said the Republican-controlled legislature did not follow the process outlined in the state Constitution when they passed it.Democratic Attorney General […]

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics on Thursday at a House hearing on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government’s ongoing support for such studies.Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV, childhood cancers, treatments that enlist the body’s immune system to battle cancer, and the hunt for a vaccine against the Zika virus, a cause of birth defects.Republicans […]