Consumer product manufacturing

In this Feb. 7, 2018, commuters wait for public transportation in Caracas, Venezuela. Workers struggle getting to their jobs because the buses are full or don't run, or they can't find spare parts for their cars. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
February 20, 2018 - 12:03 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — On many days, Ramon Medina has no choice but to skip work to make ends meet. Like around half of Venezuelans, he earns the minimum wage — the equivalent of around $3 a month — so whenever his cellphone buzzes with a tip, he sneaks away from his job as a hospital orderly...
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Jimmie Johnson drives out to the track at practice for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
February 17, 2018 - 3:58 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Toyota dominated NASCAR's top series the last three years, winning nearly half the races and two championships. It forced Chevrolet and Ford to play catch-up. Chevy was fastest in its bid to close the gap by building a new Camaro, which is making its debut at Daytona...
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This April 24, 2017, photo shows a Coca-Cola delivery van in downtown Pittsburgh. Coca-Cola reports financial results Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
February 16, 2018 - 8:06 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola swung to a fourth-quarter loss after being hit with a $3.6 billion tax charged tied to a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. Revenues also plunged as the world's largest drink maker sells off its bottling operations. Industry analysts have anticipated both as the...
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February 15, 2018 - 8:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals. The company says it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train , Kibble 'N Bits , Skippy and Ol'...
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A $3 Happy Meal is advertised at a McDonald's restaurant in Brandon, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. McDonald’s will soon banish cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid’s meal, but the fast-food company said that not listing them will reduce how often they’re ordered. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
February 15, 2018 - 6:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid's meal,...
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February 15, 2018 - 9:33 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Susan L. Sokolowski, University of Oregon (THE CONVERSATION) At the first Winter Olympics, in Chamonix, France, in 1924, athletes competed in uniforms made from natural material...
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FILE - This June 5, 2017, file photo shows the HomePod speaker in a showroom during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple's new internet-connected speaker is proving to be more appealing to the ears than to the eyes, depending on where the device is placed. Some people who bought the just-released $349 speaker, dubbed the HomePod, are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of wooden furniture. In an explanation posted Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, Apple said the problem occurs with speakers that, like the HomePod, are equipped with a silicon base to minimize vibration. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
February 14, 2018 - 7:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's new internet-connected speaker is proving to be more appealing to the ears than to the eyes, depending on where the device is placed. Some people who bought the just-released $349 speaker, dubbed the HomePod, are reporting that it leaves a white ring on the surfaces of...
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2001 file photo, NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt, left, and his son Dale Jr., stand together during a break in practice at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. worked with Goodyear to make a new commercial that honors his late father and shows the family history with the tire maker. The ad will debut in the season-opening Daytona 500, Sunday, feb. 18, 2018. Earnhardt is proud of the piece because of the way it celebrates his father. (AP Photo/Paul Kizzle, File)
February 14, 2018 - 4:34 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ralph Earnhardt died in 1973, almost a full year before his grandson was born. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had seen photos of his grandfather and listened to stories about the first racer in the family, but he never felt as if he knew the man. Then Dale Earnhardt Sr. discovered...
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February 14, 2018 - 8:01 am
DETROIT (AP) — Lexus is the most dependable vehicle brand for the seventh consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey. Porsche, Buick, Infiniti and Kia round out the top five brands in the survey. The worst performers were Chrysler, Land Rover, Fiat, Jeep and Cadillac. The survey measures...
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FILE- In this Sept. 12, 2017, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, shows new Apple Watch Series 3 product at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif. Cook is leaving shareholders in suspense about whether the iPhone maker will use its windfall from a tax cut on overseas profits for a big boost to its quarterly dividend. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
February 13, 2018 - 5:00 pm
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's next big thing will likely be a large dividend increase financed by a tax cut on its overseas profits, but the famously secretive company isn't giving any clues about how big it might be. CEO Tim Cook had an opportunity to address the issue Tuesday at Apple's annual...
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