'The Fate of the Furious' laps new films at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Fate of the Furious" sped into first place at the box office again, leaving new thriller "Unforgettable" and historical drama "The Promise" in the dust. Universal Pictures' eighth installment in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise earned $38.7 million in North American theaters over the weekend, down 61 percent from its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

AP PHOTOS: Remote Oregon town for sale for $3.5 million

TILLER, Ore. (AP) -- Almost an entire Oregon town is for sale for $3.5 million - or about $3.9 million if you also want the local elementary school, which is a separate deal. The tiny community of Tiller, encircled by the Umpqua National Forest, has been shrinking since environmental rules sharply curtailed logging on federal forest land several decades ago.

Correction: Mideast-Entrepreneurs story

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In a story April 22 about entrepreneurs from the Middle East, in a section about one Saudi woman who stands out, The Associated Press misspelled her name. She is Manar Alomayri, not Manal Dhod.

Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M

TILLER, Ore. (AP) -- In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it. But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire town is for sale. The asking price of $3.

Buying drinks for a band: the birth of payment service Venmo

NEW YORK (AP) -- It only took a few drinks -- and a much-younger Iqram Magdon-Ismail forgetting his wallet at home one night -- for him and his friends to come up with one of the most popular ways of splitting a bill: Venmo. Magdon-Ismail is the co-founder of Venmo, the payment service that allows people to send each other cash for any purpose whatsoever.

Law change could boost little-used state crowdfunding laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Green Bay Packers player whose consulting business has connected 400 high school athletes with college teams got a lesson in federal securities law when he sought to raise money for a new smartphone app. Videoscore owner Darryl Ingram decided to seek Wisconsin investors through a process called state crowdfunding, a relatively new and underused tool available to small businesses.

When small stores go out of business, owners ask: Now what?

NEW YORK (AP) -- When small or independent retailers post "Going Out of Business" signs, many ask themselves, now what? That may mean trying again -- or forging ahead on a completely different career path. Reilly Starr and her business partner had opened Naked Sports Gear, a Manhattan store that sold athletic wear for women, in 2011. They were successful, but faced increasing competition and high rent and other overhead.

Birchbox CEO: Short emails to top players helped us launch

NEW YORK (AP) -- Before launching Birchbox seven years ago, CEO and co-founder Katia Beauchamp had to convince some of the world's biggest beauty brands to get behind the $10-a-month subscription service that ships sample-sized mascaras, moisturizers and other cosmetics to customers. So how did Beauchamp get the attention of top executives? With cold emails that were short and to the point, says Beauchamp, who founded Birchbox with Harvard Business School friend Hayley Barna.

Brooklyn Brewery co-founder picked up brewing in Middle East

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy picked up his interest in home brewing from an unusual source: American diplomats in Saudi Arabia, where Islamic law prohibits alcoholic drinks. "These guys all made their own beer at home, so I was fascinated by home brewing," says Hindy, who spent time in the Middle East as a reporter during the late 1970s and early '80s.

California utility launches first hybrid power systems

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) -- A California utility has launched unique systems combining a hybrid battery and gas turbine to produce and store electricity for use during hot summer months and other times when power demand soars. The new Hybrid Electric Gas Turbines are the first of their kind in the world, officials with Southern California Edison and manufacturer General Electric said during an event Monday near Los Angeles.

CEO of Bonobos: how he changed the way men shop for pants

NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Dunn didn't start out with an interest in fashion. But he ended up co-founding an online menswear company that targets customers like him: male shoppers who want a wardrobe of nice-fitting clothes but need help. The company called Bonobos started out in 2007 with a line of men's pants -- a curved waist band with a flattering fit.

At first, Vegas tourist thought fire part of Bellagio show

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A tourist wondered at first if the flames he saw whipping across the roof of a Bellagio resort shopping complex were part of the iconic dancing fountain show on the Las Vegas Strip. Sean Kim told The Associated Press on Friday that he realized something was wrong when plastic-smelling smoke began billowing and police rushed to evacuate shop employees.

Colorado ends plans for pot clubs over Trump uncertainty

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado lawmakers on Thursday backed off plans to become the first U.S. state to regulate marijuana clubs, saying approval of Amsterdam-style pot clubs could invite a federal crackdown. It was perhaps the starkest display yet of legal pot states' uncertainty on how to regulate the drug under President Donald Trump. Alaska marijuana regulators recently delayed planned rules for on-site pot consumption at dispensaries.

Culture shock: Business owners see need to change their ways

NEW YORK (AP) -- The results of a staff survey jolted Alex Slater into realizing how drastically his business needed a culture change. About half the 19 employees at his Clyde Group public relations firm said they planned to leave in one to two years, and rated the environment as "average" or "needs improvement." No one agreed with the statement: "I am adequately compensated.

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Smurfs are feeling a little blue this weekend. The third installment in Sony's animated series, "Smurfs: The Lost Village," made its box-office debut in third place, with $14 million -- far behind family-friendly holdovers "The Boss Baby" and "Beauty and the Beast," according to studio estimates Sunday. Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello, "Smurfs," which reportedly cost $60 million to make, has not charmed critics either.

Court backs California fees for polluters who exceed limits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- In a win for environmentalists, a California appeals court on Thursday upheld a key component of the state's landmark climate change effort that requires companies to buy credits if they exceed pollution limits. The cap-and-trade law limits carbon emissions and auctions off permits that allow companies to release excess greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento sided with Gov.

Woman who helped launch outdoor retailer REI dies at 107

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mary Anderson, a climbing enthusiast who helped start the outdoor retailer REI that has become the nation's largest consumer-owned retail cooperative, has died at 107. REI said she died March 27, the Seattle Times reported Tuesday (https://goo.gl/F8eNEa ). Anderson and her husband, Lloyd, along with 21 other mountaineering friends, started the consumer cooperative in 1938 out of a desire to find high-quality, affordable climbing gear in the United States.

Report: Las Vegas draws more millennial, first-time visitors

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The U.S. gambling mecca's efforts to draw millennials and new visitors are paying off. A third of Las Vegas tourists last year were millennials -- those between 18 to 35 -- up from less than a quarter in 2015, according to a report commissioned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and released Wednesday.