Author: Associated Press

Filming or photographing on planes violates Airline policy

BY DAVID KOENIG DALLAS (AP) — Without the shocking video, it’s unlikely that the world would have learned or cared about the violent manhandling of a 69-year-old man on a plane last month. The outrage on social media, the mea culpa by an airline CEO, the promise to treat customers better – none of it would have happened. The passengers who shot those videos on a United Express plane in Chicago violated United’s policy on photography. By the letter of the airline’s law, they too could have been ordered off the plane. Under United’s policy, customers can take pictures...

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Flea Market ‘Costume jewelry’ diamond bought for $15 really worth hundreds of thousands

LONDON (AP) — Some people have all the luck. Consider the person who dropped about 10 pounds (about $15) around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry – it turned out to be a 26.27 carat white diamond. The gem bought at a flea market is expected to fetch about 350,000 pounds ($454,000) when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s next month. The buyer had no idea of the ring’s value because 19th-century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance and clarity. The auction house’s jewelry department chief, Jessica Wyndham, said...

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Ford replaces CEO Mark Fields in push to transform business

BY DEE-ANN DURBIN AND TOM KRISHER DETROIT (AP) — Ford is replacing CEO Mark Fields as it struggles to keep its traditional auto-manufacturing business running smoothly while remaking itself as a nimble, high-tech provider of new mobility services. The 114-year-old automaker said Fields is retiring at age 56 after 28 years at the company. Fields will be replaced by Jim Hackett, who joined Ford’s board in 2013. Hackett has led Ford’s mobility unit since March of last year. In three years as CEO, Fields began Ford’s transition from a traditional automaker into a “mobility” company, laying out plans to...

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Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

BY JOE MCDONALD BEIJING (AP) — China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. The company said it will test the drones on a network it is developing to cover the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi. It said they will carry consumer goods to remote areas and farm produce to cities. JD.com, headquartered in Beijing, says it made its first deliveries to customers using smaller drones in November. Other e-commerce brands including Amazon.com Inc. also are experimenting with drones for delivery. “We envision a...

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LeBron struggles, exchanges words with fan after Game 3 loss

BY TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James’ frustrating night kept going after one of the worst playoff games of his splendid career. James exchanged words with a fan late Sunday night after the Boston Celtics stormed back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter and shocked the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. As he walked down a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena to the postgame news conference, James, who scored just 11 points and only one in the final 18 minutes, was heckled by the fan for his sub-par outing. James spun...

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