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5 reasons Amazon is experimenting with physical stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores? Amazon has been dabbling in physical retail since 2015, during which time it’s opened a half-dozen bookstores that double as gadget emporia, a score of campus bookstores that don’t sell books and a convenience …

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

NEW YORK (AP) — In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the city’s priciest hotels, is open to everyone. More than …

China car dilemma: Beijing wants electric, buyers want SUVs

BEIJING (AP) — Automakers face a dilemma in China’s huge but crowded market: Regulators are pushing them to sell electric cars, but buyers want gas-guzzling SUVs. The industry is rattled by Beijing’s proposal to require that electric cars make up 8 percent of every brand’s production as early as next …

Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas’ biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group …

GM quits Venezuela after govt seizes factory

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its only factory, a dramatic escalation of the chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The plant in the central city of Valencia was confiscated on Wednesday as …