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July 2, 2015 - 12:39pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York City's most expensive restaurants has agreed to settle a complaint that it added a 20 percent charge for banquets and failed to pass on the extra cash to the waiters.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) announced the $500,000 settlement with Per Se on Thursday.

The settlement covers the period from January 2011 through September 2012. Schneiderman says Per Se added a 20 percent service charge...

July 2, 2015 - 12:27pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The civil trial between former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and the website Gawker has been postponed.

The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday. But on Thursday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal filed a procedural opinion regarding trial rules. It said some defense motions had been filed too close to the scheduled start date for the trial to begin then.

No new date has been set.

The ex-wrestler...

July 2, 2015 - 12:26pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp.

"ELVIS FOREVER" will be available online and in select post offices beginning Aug. 12 along with the stamp, which features a black-and-white image of the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll."

The stamp and CD are part of this year's Elvis Week celebration in Memphis, Tennessee. The RCA/Legacy Recordings album includes 18...

July 2, 2015 - 12:25pm
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TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) — A Russian police officer who is in Virginia to participate in an international sports competition is accused of trying to steal merchandise from a department store.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1IvJ6AR ) reported that 29-year-old Ruslan Rizaev has been charged with grand larceny after police say he stole several hundred dollars' worth of clothing Tuesday from a Macy's store in Tysons Corner in northern Virginia.

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July 2, 2015 - 12:22pm
2 min 29 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods Market's CEOs apologized Thursday for pricing issues at its stores, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.

In a YouTube video, co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb said that the mistakes were unintentional. They said the company will increase its training at stores around the county to fix any pricing issues.

Last week...

July 2, 2015 - 12:20pm
2 min 29 sec ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The sister of the man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church is seeking donations to help pay for her wedding, which was originally planned for the weekend after the slayings.

A Go Fund Me profile set up in the name of Amber Roof seeks $5,000 to cover lost wedding costs, pay bills and fund a honeymoon.

Roof and fiance Michael Tyo called off their June 21 wedding after her brother, Dylann Storm Roof, was charged...

July 2, 2015 - 12:17pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A leading Mennonite group has delayed a decision on divesting from companies with business tied to Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

The Mennonite Church USA was set to vote this week on whether they should sell off stock in companies "known to be profiting from the occupation" and from "destruction of life and property" in the territories. A church spokeswoman said delegates at a national meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, voted 418-336...

July 2, 2015 - 12:06pm
2 min 28 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is recalling 433,000 vehicles, including 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape models, because of a software problem that could keep their engines running after drivers try to shut them down.

Ford Motor Co. says there is a flaw in the body control module software in the vehicles. As a result of the problem, the engine could keep running after the key is turned to "off" and removed, or after the start/stop button is pressed to turn the engine off....

July 2, 2015 - 12:04pm
2 min 28 sec ago

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. (AP) — A 13-year-old Detroit area boy with a visual impairment due to albinism has been denied the use of an easier-to-see baseball during a national Little League tournament.

WJBK-TV and MLive.com report that the national organization told Ryan Huizdos' Grosse Pointe Woods team that the yellow baseball he uses while batting in local games is not approved.

Ryan played in last week's tournament, but had to swing at the...

July 2, 2015 - 11:59am
2 min 28 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the public TV kid show since 1971, is retiring.

Manzano, 65, broke the news earlier this week at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She said she wouldn't be part of the new "Sesame Street" season.

A beloved resident of Sesame Street since she was a teenager, the character Maria owned the neighborhood repair shop with husband...

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