Owner to close struggling Wisebird Bookery in Ogden

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Owner Tia Varni says owning a bookstore was hard, but she wouldn’t change a moment of the...


Auction of private lunch with Warren Buffett starts Sunday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The bidding for a private lunch with investor Warren Buffett begins at the relative bargain of $25,000, but by the end of the week the price is likely to top $2 million again. The high price people are willing to pay for time with Buffett benefits the Glide Foundation, which...


WeddingWire cashes in with $350 million investment

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WeddingWire, a Chevy Chase, Maryland-based company that automates the wedding planning process, has taken on a $350 million investment designed to help it scale internationally, the firm has announced. The investment, from British private equity fund Permira, is...


Huge lightning storms in UK disrupt travel at London airport

Britain Lightning Storms

LONDON (AP) — British meteorologists said thousands of lightning strikes hit the U.K. during a powerful overnight thunderstorm, and a London-area airport reported flight disruptions Sunday after an aircraft refueling system was damaged. London Stansted Airport said that a lightning strike disabled...


Brazilian truckers strike enters its 7th day

SAO PAULO (AP) — A strike by Brazilian truckers that has caused shortages at gas stations and supermarkets across Latin America’s biggest country has entered a seventh day with no immediate solution in sight. Anger over rising diesel prices led truckers to begin striking last week and they’ve vowed...


'Solo' sputters in takeoff at box office with $83.3M

Film Review Solo: A Star Wars Story

NEW YORK (AP) — The Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” came in well below expectations with an $83.3 million opening weekend at the North American box office. Disney estimated Sunday that “Solo” will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. Forecasts last week ran as high...


Vacant for decades, Detroit's train station may get new life

Detroit Train Station Ford

DETROIT (AP) — The last train left Michigan Central Station 30 years ago and it has stood vacant ever since, a hulking embodiment of Detroit’s long decline from America’s manufacturing engine to its biggest municipal bankruptcy. The 105-year-old building that once handled all of Detroit’s passenger...


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‘Solo’ sputters in takeoff at box office with $83.3M Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K Vacant for decades, Detroit’s train station may get new life Source: Trump administration has cut deal with China’s ZTE Huge lightning storms in UK disrupt travel at London airport Court:...


Ex-Arizona regulator charged with bribery heads to trial

Utility Regulator Bribery Trial

PHOENIX (AP) — About six years ago, an elected Arizona utility regulator who is now accused of accepting bribes had $31,000 funneled to him from a water company owner and tried to get the owner to buy him a $350,000 piece of land, authorities said. In exchange, then-Corporation Commissioner Gary...


Visa woes have summer businesses looking to Puerto Ricans

Seasonal Worker Visas

PHIPPSBURG, Maine (AP) — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, hired a...


Indiana nonprofit aids businesses with beautification funds

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana nonprofit group is helping small businesses get off the ground through grants that pay for sprucing up their facades with fresh paint, business signs, lighting and other improvements, which make new establishments more attractive to patrons. The Local Initiatives...

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