OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms....
Rite Aid has chosen a former insurance executive to replace long-time CEO John Standley to try to right the struggling drugstore chain.
The company said Monday that Heyward Donigan will take...
GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who is among the eight people a Tennessee man is charged with killing was found partially undressed and lying on top of a serrated knife, baseball bat and...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the northern Rocky Mountain Front and a winter storm warning for other parts of northwestern and southwestern Montana.
The blizzard warning takes effect Tuesday afternoon with up to a foot of snow (30 centimeters) expected to fall at Marias Pass near Glacier National Park and wind gusts of up to 80 mph (129 kilometers per hour).
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express said its third quarter profits jumped by 22 percent from a year earlier, as the credit card giant benefited from a lower tax rate and increased spending on the company's credit cards.
The New York-based company said it earned a profit of $1.65 billion, or $1.88 a share, which is up from $1.36 billion, or $1.51 a share, in the same period a year ago. The results beat analysts' expectations, who were looking for AmEx to earn $1.77 a share, according to FactSet.
NEW YORK (AP) — The middle child of American Express' suite of charge cards, the Gold Card, is getting a major upgrade this fall, but its bigger perks are going to come with a higher fee.
It's the latest move by American Express to keep and grow its card member base in the face of increased competition. But it also refreshes a product that industry experts have said was too expensive for the perks it previously was offering.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered Bitterroot National Forest officials to allow the public to comment on whether the Blue Joint and Sapphire Wilderness Study Areas should be opened to bicycle use.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also rejected snowmobilers' effort to open those protected areas for their use.
Christensen's order on Friday largely upheld the U.S. Forest Service's plan to preserve the two southwest Montana wilderness study areas' primitive conditions.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who nearly beat a woman to death must serve 100 months in prison for the crime.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Judge Kevin Korsmo sentenced Sonny Cannella on Friday after he pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic assault.
Before the sentencing, the woman, Sapphire Mattson, described the scene to the judge.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior U.S. Forest Service official voiced support Wednesday for creating one new wilderness area in Montana and another proposal that would remove five sites from consideration.
U.S. Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief Glenn Casamassa testified in Washington on the two measures being considered by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Public lands advocates in Montana have launched a campaign to protect wilderness study areas in response to a Republican lawmaker's push to remove the federal designation from five sites.
Organizers of the Our Land, Our Legacy campaign announced Monday that they will be running newspaper advertisements across the state as they seek to protect the sites from changes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bacardi Limited plans to swallow the rest of Patron Spirits in a deal that values the tequila maker at $5.1 billion.
Bacardi has held a minority stake in Patron since 2008. The two private companies on Monday didn't disclose terms of the deal for the remainder of Patron. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of this year.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local):
U.S. records show the helicopter that crashed and killed five people in New Mexico, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, was registered to a Houston-based company associated with one of the victims.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines introduced the "Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act" to remove more than 700 square miles (1,819 square kilometers) from the state's Wilderness Study Areas.
JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Nine-year-old Kuhmaria VanBuren ran into the prison gymnasium and jumped into her mother's arms with so much force they almost fell down.
For the next two hours, Kuhmaria let her mom braid her hair and cuddled in her arms, savoring the rare contact. Sapphire VanBuren, 26, has been incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women for over two years.
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. third-quarter profits rose 7 percent from a year earlier, as the bank as able to increase revenue in its consumer banking business even though the company saw a sizeable drop in trading revenue in the quarter.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine nightclub is being sued for serving a woman who was involved in a fatal accident on New Year's Day.
The Sun Journal reports Kathleen Berry filed the lawsuit against the Sapphire Nightclub and Event Center in Auburn after her husband was killed. An attorney for the nightclub filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last month.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The cost of fighting wildfires in Montana is approaching $400 million at the tail end of the state's worst wildfire season in two decades.
To date, wildfires have burned almost 1,900 square miles (3,000 square kilometers), slightly more than the area burned in Montana's devastating 2012 fire season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers with means who want a lot of high-end rewards on their credit cards have plenty of options — at least right now.
Since JPMorgan Chase launched the $450-a-year Chase Sapphire Reserve Card a year ago, joining the market created by the American Express Platinum Card, companies like U.S. Bank and UBS have jumped in with similar cards. Citi's Prestige card, which gives the unique benefit of a fourth night free at hotels, already existed.
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II marked Canada's 150th birthday with a visit to Canada House in central London, where she was given a sapphire brooch Wednesday to celebrate her sapphire jubilee.
The queen was joined by her husband Prince Philip at the celebration, which drew tourists from nearby Trafalgar Square who gathered for a glimpse of the queen as she left in a chauffeur-driven Bentley flying the royal standard.
SAPPHIRE, N.C. (AP) — A popular waterfall is reopening after being closed when wildfires burned in western North Carolina last fall.
Cathy Dowd with the U.S. Forest Service in Asheville told local news outlets that Whitewater Falls was reopening Friday afternoon in the Nantahala National Forest.
The Whitewater Fire began Nov. 6 and Dowd said it burned only 23 acres but heavily damaged the stairs and the access facility to the observation deck.
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A sapphire rush has brought tens of thousands of people into the remote rainforests of eastern Madagascar, disfiguring a protected environmental area and prompting calls for military intervention.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say they've seized 55 kilograms (121 pounds) of cocaine from a fictitious jewelry business in New York's diamond district.
They say the drugs were worth $2 million and had been shipped from a fake jewelry business in Los Angeles.
Law enforcers identified the two fictitious businesses as Los Angeles-based Sapphire and New York-based 21 Divine.
NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense competition for its higher-spending customers, American Express is expanding the benefits it offers its high-end Platinum Card members, like a $200 credit on Uber. But those benefits will come with a higher annual fee.
Raw: Gun Salute for Queen’s 65th Jubilee
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.
The queen's Sapphire Jubilee was marked Monday with a 41-gun salute by World War I-era field guns in London's Green Park, and another 62-round gun salute at the Tower of London.
LONDON (AP) — On Monday, Queen Elizabeth II marks her Sapphire Jubilee, becoming the first British monarch to reign for 65 years. It's just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here's are some other significant numbers about her record-breaking life and reign:
- PR NewswireAdams Street Partners and Sapphire Ventures Lead $40M Investment in Punchh to Power Digital Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar RetailNovember 14, 2019
- Business WireSapphire Digital Appoints Kyle Raffaniello as Interim Chief Executive OfficerAugust 19, 2019
- Business WireSkillsoft to Deliver Training Opportunities by Joining SAP® PartnerEdge® ProgramMay 9, 2019
- Business WireUiPath Brings Robotic Process Automation to SAP Applications to Speed Digital TransformationMay 7, 2019
- Globe NewswireAmeri100 Announces Its Participation at SAPPHIRE NOW® to Showcase SAP Intelligent ERP and Customer Experience (CX)April 1, 2019
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is poised for another historic milestone, an unprecedented 65 years on the throne.
But Buckingham Palace says Britain's longest-serving monarch plans to spend Monday's ceremonies far from the spotlight in somber contemplation of her late father.
SAPPHIRE, N.C. (AP) — Two weeks of unseasonably warm weather has caused headaches for ski resort operators in North Carolina, but a forecast for cooler weather next weekend gives them cause for hope.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/2j68PpD) Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley closed Jan. 18 and plans to reopen Jan. 26. Manager Chris Bates said he can't remember a time the resort has closed in January.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska at Omaha has named its royal homecoming pair, but don't call them king and queen.
The school has joined a growing number of other schools around the county that are moving to gender-neutral homecoming courts to be more inclusive of transgender students.
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will announce a major enhancement to its widely-used Platinum Card this week, allowing card members to earn five Membership Reward points per dollar spent on airlines.
The change comes as the credit card giant faces some new entrants into the high-end, luxury credit card space, including JPMorgan Chase's Sapphire Reserve card launched this summer to great interest, despite its $450 annual fee.
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express is announcing a major enhancement to its widely-used Platinum Card this week, allowing card members to earn five Membership Reward points per dollar spent on airlines.
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut has released six seal pups in the waters off Charlestown, Rhode Island, after they were rescued earlier this year.
The harbor seal pups were rescued by the aquarium in April and May along the coast of Maine. Officials believe the pups were abandoned shortly after birth.
The pups — named Jett, Amethyst, Quartz, Obsidian, Amber and Sapphire — are between four and five months old.
NEW YORK (AP) — The demand has been so overwhelming that the manufacturer ran out of raw material in just a few days. Enthusiasts extol its virtues all over the internet. Millennials are clamoring for it.
It's not a new video game, or some fancy food craze, or even Apple's latest iPhone, but a credit card.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando is opening its fifth hotel that's aimed at attracting more convention bookings.
The Orlando Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/29BEePL ) that tropical-themed Sapphire Falls Resort will open Thursday with 1,000 rooms. It will have 115,000 square feet of space for meetings and events and a covered walkway to another hotel's conference area.
The Sentinel reports that Universal now advertises...