Author: Associated Press

Houston’s businesses inching back to work as waters recede

BY PAUL WISEMAN AND BRIAN MELLEY HOUSTON (AP) — Bobby Jucker has had it with hurricanes. In 2008, Hurricane Ike tore the roof off his business, Three Brothers Bakery. Now, he estimates, he’s facing $1 million in damage and lost revenue from Harvey – the fifth time a storm has put his bakery out of commission. He’s always recovered before. But this time, he wears the weary countenance of a man nearly broken. “This is the last time for me,” he says. “It’s emotionally draining. I just can’t do it anymore.” More than a week after Harvey poured more than...

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Even in a high-tech world, car designers are still relying on clay

BY DEE-ANN DURBIN WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car’s curves look just right, they rely on one of the world’s oldest materials: clay. Every vehicle by every major carmaker, from Mercedes to Tesla to Toyota, is formed in clay long before it ever hits the road. Automakers hire sculptors to make scale models and full-size clay vehicles. They sculpt every detail, from windows to door handles to slight creases in the hood. They sculpt interiors, too, in such fine detail that focus...

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Taylor Swift single keeps ‘Despacito’ from breaking Mariah record

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Look what Taylor Swift has done. Her new single pushed the ubiquitous hit “Despacito” off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart after 16 weeks and just shy of breaking Mariah Carey’s record. Billboard announced Tuesday that Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” became her fifth Hot 100 chart topper. “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, had tied Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” as the longest running No. 1 songs in the 59-year history of the charts. Swift however set her own record with the new song from...

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Samsung Note 8 gives its stylus some style – for a price

By ANICK JESDANUN NEW YORK (AP) — A stylus might seem, well, out of style in the tap-and-type world of smartphones. Yet it’s what sets Samsung’s Note phones apart from the competition. That’s significant as Apple prepares to launch what’s expected to be a super-premium phone next week, one that will match many of the features in the new Note 8 phone . Though not its pen. I was skeptical at first, but the stylus grew on me. Still, the Note 8 isn’t going to be for everyone. Most people will be fine with Samsung’s S8 phones for a...

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NASCAR crew chief Knaus missing race notes after theft

BY JENNA FRYER SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Seven-time championship-winning crew chief Chad Knaus was oddly calm Friday even though his race notes for star driver Jimmie Johnson this weekend had been stolen from his rental car in San Francisco. Knaus and his wife arrived in California on Wednesday night and headed to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner. Knaus told The Associated Press they parked at a meter in a bustling area and were gone approximately 90 minutes. When the couple returned, the right side passenger rear window of their SVU was smashed and their briefcases were gone. Their luggage was not...

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