ATLANTA – A court battle is underway between Coca-Cola and a company that makes it possible for you to use a debit or credit card to buy a soft drink out of a vending machine. Coca-Cola Refreshments wants USA Technologies Inc. to return nearly $1 million in fees collected from Coke vending machines after the […]

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON – Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government warned on Tuesday that they have just over three weeks to show that they’re […]

By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON – Struggling biofuel firm KiOR said in a financial filing that it will run out of money by September and that bankruptcy could follow. The company, which built a refinery in Columbus to turn wood chips into synthetic oil, owes Mississippi $69.4 million. The Mississippi Development Authority has agreed […]

WASHINGTON –The national housing slowdown deepened in the second quarter as home prices posted their smallest gain in two years, according to a new report. The median price for a single-family home rose 4.4 percent from a year earlier to $212,400, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. That was the smallest rise since the […]

NEW YORK – The stock market pulled back slightly Tuesday, following two days of gains, as investors focused on the damage that ongoing geopolitical tensions were causing the global economy. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners, dragged down by lower oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 9.44 points, or 0.1 percent, to […]

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO Associated Press NEW YORK – Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout. But customers couldn’t figure out how to work the “Scan & Go” app during tests […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – John Smith Jr. and Don Smith have driven millions of miles between them for FedEx, and this week they hope to deliver national titles for the company. The duo are competing in the annual National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on Wednesday through Saturday. “This is my seventh […]

WASHINGTON – Government regulators issued a consumer advisory Monday on the risks of bitcoin and other digital currencies, warning that the virtual funds expose users to volatile exchange rates, hacking, scams and theft. Markups and transaction fees for digital funds such as bitcoin, XRP and Dogecoin can cost consumers more than using credit cards or […]

By MAE ANDERSON Associated Press NEW YORK – Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral, making the rounds on the social network […]