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Toys R Us plans a small comeback

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO The Associated Press NEW YORK — The first two new Toys R Us stores — one in Texas, the other in New Jersey — will open in November as part of a small comeback of the defunct iconic toy chain in the U.S. Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO ...

Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self

BY RACHEL LERMAN The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger ...

Credit score up? Build credit smarts, too

By AMRITA JAYAKUMAR NerdWallet Well done, America. Credit scores across the nation are going up. On the other hand, knowledge of how credit works is declining. Consumers’ grasp of credit is the lowest it’s been in eight years, according to an annual survey by credit scoring company ...

On the Money: Do you need a Roth 401(K)?

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL The Associated Press If you are saving for retirement, you probably know about the 401(k) and the Roth IRA too. But are you familiar with a Roth 401(k)? It’s a bit of a mashup — a Roth product available through your traditional 401(k). It allows people to ...

How your 2019 vacation can pay for your 2020 vacation

If you’re gearing up for summer vacation, you might be wincing at the cost. Plane tickets, hotels, rental cars, meals and activities can turn any getaway into a financial burden. But what if this year’s vacation could pay for next year’s, or at least cover a good chunk of it? Thanks to ...

How your 2019 vacation can pay for your 2020 vacation

If you’re gearing up for summer vacation, you might be wincing at the cost. Plane tickets, hotels, rental cars, meals and activities can turn any getaway into a financial burden. But what if this year’s vacation could pay for next year’s, or at least cover a good chunk of it? Thanks to ...

As housing market wavers, brokers strategize to get buyers

NEW YORK — The persistently slow housing market has Debra Goodwin creating cooking videos to try to sell a house. Glenn Phillips finds himself explaining to sellers the reasons why they might have to take a loss on their homes. Real estate agents have developed new strategies as they ...

Reports: Facebook faces $5B FTC fine, largest ever in tech

By BARBARA ORTUTAY The Associated Press At $5 billion, the fine the FTC is about to levy on Facebook is by far the largest it’s given to a technology company, easily eclipsing the second largest, $22 million for Google in 2012. The long-expected punishment, which Facebook is well ...

China’s growth cools further as tariff war pressures mount

By JOE McDONALD and PAUL WISEMAN The Associated Press BEIJING — China’s economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world’s second-largest ...

Heat wave grips the U.S., cancels events

By JENNIFER PELTZ The Associated Press NEW YORK — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical ...

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11’s ‘giant leap’ on moon

By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11‘s “giant leap” by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA’s ...

Iran’s poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

By ROBERT BURNS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that ...

Mueller’s testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many ...

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents a bigger struggle

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his ...

Hot Day, Hot Bats: Yanks torch Rockies 11-5, win 5th in row

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Yankees were a tripleheader of hot on Saturday. First was the temperature: 94 degrees at game time, the highest for New York this season. Next was the offense, which torched Colorado pitching for the second straight day and romped ...

Germany marks 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler

By DAVID RISING The Associated Press BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Europeans to confront populism, nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism as she paid tribute to the Nazi resistance in her own country. Speaking Saturday at a solemn ceremony marking the anniversary of ...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

By SAM MEDNICK The Associated Press JUBA, South Sudan — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency, neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there ...

Trump’s bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail,” a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn’t include bail. Trump tweeted that during “a very ...

Lowry builds 4-shot lead in British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — The noise was unlike anything Shane Lowry had ever heard on a golf course, no surprise at the first British Open in these parts in 68 years and an Irishman atop the leaderboard at Royal Portrush. Lowry didn’t get ...

Bowman wrecks backup in practice, will drive Johnson’s spare

By DOUG ALDEN The Associated Press LOUDON, N.H. — Alex Bowman will drive teammate Jimmie Johnson’s spare car today after wrecking his backup in the final practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bowman, one of five drivers already in backups for the Cup race, struck a wall coming out ...