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Alabama Power Fees on Solar Challenged

Environmental groups are challenging Alabama Power's backup capacity fee on customers who use solar panels to produce part of their home electricity. The Alabama Public Service Commission held a Thursday hearing on the petition to abolish the fee. The petition…

Alabama Among States Affected by Salad Product Recall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination. The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms)…

Report: Google to Offer Checking Accounts

Google plans offer checking accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Big tech companies have been pushing into other arenas such as finance and health care to gain more access…

Thanksgiving Travel Rush Likely to Shatter Records

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million…

Apple TV Jumps into Streaming Wars but Lacks Library

Apple TV Plus is jumping into the streaming wars with big names including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. The service will compete with other newcomers that include Disney Plus and HBO Max, as well as existing heavyweights such as Netflix.…

Uber Adds More Services in Attempt to Generate Bigger Profits

Uber will begin cramming more services into its ride-hailing app as it explores ways to generate more revenue and finally turn a profit. The makeover announced Thursday will include force-feeding its food delivery service, "Eats," into the Uber app that…

Gas Prices on Decline as Weather Cools Off

Gas prices almost always hit their highest levels in the summer, but things are starting to change. Millions of Americans are getting some relief. The national average for a gallon of gas has dropped 17 cents in the past month,…

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…

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