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Some Apple Laptops Banned from Airline Flights for Fire Risk

Federal safety officials have banned some Apple laptops from airline flights after Apple recalled the batteries because they could catch fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Wednesday that it alerted airlines last month about the recall involving…

More Relaxed Trucker Drive Time Rules on the Way?

The Trump administration has taken a step closer to relaxing federal regulations governing the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. The proposed rule affects breaks that truckers are…

U.S. Budget Deficit Grows 27% Through July

The U.S. government's budget deficit rose by $183 billion to $867 billion during the first 10 months of this budget year as spending grew more than twice as fast as tax collections. The Treasury Department say the deficit for the…

Airport Bans the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles

An unprecedented new rule will soon impact millions of travelers. San Francisco International Airport sells around 4 million plastic water bottles each year. But those days are numbered as the airport has taken the historic step of banning the sale…

Sears Announces Closure of Last Alabama Store

Sears is closing its last full-size store in Alabama. The company announced Tuesday it will shut down 26 full-size Sears stores and Kmart locations nationwide in late October. That includes the Sears at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, which is…

Apple-Branded Credit Card Begins Roll Out

An Apple-branded credit card designed primarily for mobile use will start rolling out on Tuesday. Apple announced the card in March in a partnership with Goldman Sachs. On Tuesday, some iPhone users who had requested a notification will get invites…

U.S. Job Openings Were Flat in June at 7.35 Million

The number of open U.S. jobs was largely unchanged in June and hiring slipped, suggesting the job market has cooled a bit. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of available jobs fell by just 0.5%, to 7.35 million.…

UAB, UnitedHealthCare Reach Deal to Continue Service

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System has reached a deal with UnitedHealthCare to continue accepting the company's medical insurance. The agreement means almost 25,000 policyholders can continue getting care at one of Alabama's leading hospitals. UAB was going…

Lowe's Cutting Thousands of U.S. Store Jobs

Lowe's Co. is laying off thousands of employees at its U.S. stores as it outsources some of their duties to outside companies. The home-improvement chain, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, declined to say exactly how many employees were affected. But…

Federal Reserve Cuts Key Interest Rate by Quarter-Point

The Federal Reserve is cutting its key interest rate for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump's trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook.…

New Phone Scam Involving Bank to Look Out For

Each year about 24 million Americans fall victim to phone scams. And now an elaborate new con has people believing their bank is preventing a problem when, in reality, it's a criminal looking to steal money. Candace Terrell says it…

Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Friday kicked off Alabama's Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Select items will be exempt from state taxes until Midnight Sunday, February 24. This weekend will be the prime time to stock up…

Carnival Cruise Ship to Continue Docking in Mobile

Alabama's only cruise ship will continue docking at the port of Mobile. Mayor Sandy Stimpson says the city has extended its contract with Carnival Cruise Line for the company to keep offering trips aboard the Carnival Fantasy from Mobile. Stimpson…

GM Under Investigation for Faulty Brake Vacuum Pumps

The U.S. government is investigating more than 100 complaints of poor brake performance on 2.7 million General Motors big pickups and SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a brake vacuum pump can deteriorate, causing increased braking effort and…

What's Open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

If you're planning your shopping trips on Thanksgiving or on Black Friday, here's a list of what's open in our area: If you need last-minute items for your Thanksgiving meal, Winn-Dixie stores will be open on Thanksgiving until 4 p.m.…

Concern IRS Rule Could Impact Private School Scholarships

Advocates of a state-supported private school scholarship program are concerned that donations could drop under proposed new IRS rules. The program, known as the Alabama Accountability Act, gives donors an income tax break for donations to groups that provide private…

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