From Audible to Whole Foods: A look at Amazon's empire
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is hard to escape. Whether you've bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you've been caught up in Amazon's growing web of businesses.
The Latest: Amazon picks New York, Virginia for HQ
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Amazon's second headquarters (all times local): ___ 10:15 a.m. Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.
Iconic Barbie fashion comes alive in vintage collaboration
NEW YORK (AP) — In time for her 60th birthday, Barbie has a new collaborator bringing her wide-ranging style to life for humans. One of the largest sellers of vintage-inspired clothes, Unique Vintage, is working with Barbie parent Mattel on the first women's line to meticulously duplicate some of the doll's most iconic early looks.
Consumer group releases "worst toys" list for holidays
BOSTON (AP) — A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.
UK says Brexit deal 'almost within touching distance'
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May told her Cabinet on Tuesday that "a small number" of issues remain to be resolved in divorce negotiations with the European Union, while her deputy said the two sides are "almost within touching distance" of a Brexit deal.
CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials to cover the White House be returned.
Wrapping up the holidays in an eco-friendly way
For many of us, wrapping gifts is even more fun than giving them. But each year, we throw away miles and miles of wrapping paper, much of which can't be recycled because of inks, coatings or other additives.
Source: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans.
Johnson Controls selling power solutions unit for $13.2B
Johnson Controls International PLC is selling its power solutions division to Brookfield Business Partners LP for $13.2 billion. The power solutions business, which makes and distributes advanced battery technologies for various vehicles, posted $8 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018.
Amazon HQ locations: Similar basics but different vibes
NEW YORK (AP) — The communities that are expected to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.
EU workers leave UK in record numbers as Brexit looms
LONDON (AP) — Brexit is already having an impact on Britain's labor market, with the number of people from the European Union working in the country falling by a record amount.
Binny Bansal out as CEO of Flipkart Group
NEW YORK (AP) — The co-founder of Flipkart, the massive online retail operation in India acquired by Walmart this year, has stepped down as CEO following an allegation of serious personal misconduct.
China's premier reassures region on growth, South China Sea
SINGAPORE (AP) — China's premier sought Tuesday to reassure its neighbors that Beijing will push ahead with reforms needed to support growth across the region and also keep the peace in contested waters in the South China Sea.
At Southeast Asian summit, pushback against going it alone
SINGAPORE (AP) — The annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday with a warning from the host, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, about threats against international rules that underpin world stability and economic growth.
Stocks recover from tech sell-off, oil down on Trump warning
BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets stabilized Tuesday after a sell-off led by technology shares dragged Wall Street sharply lower the day before.
Transatlantic budget flying gets a reality check
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — For those hoping for ever cheaper fares on long-haul flights, this month's takeover of Icelandic airline Wow is not good news.
Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods
Demand for healthy, natural food is extending from humans to their pets. Petco announced Tuesday it will stop selling dog and cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, both online and at its nearly 1,500 stores in the U.S.
EU court rules taste of food cannot be trademarked
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court hasn't fallen under the spell of Dutch witches' cheese. The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity" and ruled that it is "not eligible for copyright protection."
After 17 years, many Afghans blame US for unending war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When U.S. forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators.
IMF: Mideast oil producers buoyed by higher prices, for now
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Higher oil prices are helping to offset increases in public spending by the Middle East's oil exporting heavyweights like Saudi Arabia, with these countries narrowing their budget deficit by $77 billion, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.
Lebanon's 'lung' to Persian Gulf markets choked by politics
AL-MASNAA, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed overland trade route to lucrative Persian Gulf markets.
Government funding, border wall await lame-duck Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape as newly elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power.
Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services
An internet traffic diversion rerouted data through Russia and China and disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses.
Asian stocks sink after Wall Street tech sell-off
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks sank Tuesday after a tech sell-off dragged Wall Street lower. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 tumbled 3.2 percent to 21,554.45 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.1 percent.
Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state.

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