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Drug company founder indicted in U.S.-wide opioid conspiracy

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

U.S. prosecutors brought a fraud and racketeering case Thursday against the founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing prescriptions of powerful painkillers amid a drug epidemic that is claiming thousands of lives each year.

Comcast’s cable customers tumble as cord-cutting picks up

Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

This Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Comcast’s video upswing could be sputtering out. The cable company added TV customers last year for the first time in a decade. But on Thursday it posted its biggest quarterly cable-customer loss since 2014.

Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders

Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 photo, members of the Droga5 team behind the recent CoverGirl campaign talk about that campaign during a meeting at the advertising agency's headquarters, in New York. Creative director Ray Smiling, upper left, listens along with other team members as Shannon Washington, also a creative director, seated at center, makes her point. Diversity in the advertising industry is becoming a higher priority for consumer product companies as they try to reach a new generation of customers with evolving sensibilities on ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)
Diversity in the advertising industry is becoming a higher priority for consumer product companies as they try to reach a new generation of customers with evolving sensibilities on ethnicity, age, gender and sexuality.

U.S. agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

This April 13, 2014 file photo shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington. (J. David Ake / Associated Press)
The Trump administration has agreed to a “very substantial” payout and is apologizing to tea party groups to settle lawsuits over the extra, often burdensome IRS scrutiny they received when applying for tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.

Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner: traceable turkeys

Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 6 a.m.

Beau Smotherman, left, hands a baby turkey to his father Ken Smotherman in a poult barn at their family turkey farm near Waco, Texas. The farm is involved in a pilot project by Cargill’s Honeysuckle White brand that allows consumers to be able to find out where the turkeys they buy are raised. (Associated Press)
This Thanksgiving season, a Texas producer will be able to find out where the Honeysuckle White turkey he puts into his shopping cart was raised – and even know if it is one of the birds from his own farm.

Kaspersky: We uploaded U.S. documents but quickly deleted them

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

In this July 1, 2017 photo, Eugene Kaspersky, Russian antivirus programs developer and chief executive of Russia's Kaspersky Lab, poses for a photo on a balcony at his company's headquarters in Moscow, Russia. (Pavel Golovkin / Associated Press)
Sometime in 2014, a group of analysts walked into the office of Eugene Kaspersky, the ebullient founder of Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, to deliver some sobering news. Kaspersky’s anti-virus software had automatically scraped powerful digital surveillance tools off a computer in the United States and the analysts were worried: The data’s headers clearly identified the files as classified.

Uber rides into credit card market with no-fee card

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 12:08 p.m.

This photo provided by Uber shows an Uber Visa credit card. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, Uber unveiled a no-fee, co-branded credit card with British bank Barclays. (Associated Press)
Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday unveiled a new no-fee, co-branded credit card with British bank Barclays that it hopes becomes a major part of consumers’ everyday spending habit.

Lumber Liquidators plans $36M settlement in flooring cases

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Lumber Liquidators has agreed to a $36 million settlement to resolve claims brought on behalf of people who bought Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring reported to contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

Big banks score win with scrapping of consumer dispute rule

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 9:26 a.m.

In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray testifies before a Senate Committee on Banking hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)
President Trump and Republicans in Congress handed Wall Street banks a big victory by effectively killing off a politically popular rule that would have allowed consumers to band together to sue their banks.

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