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Interview: Grand Rapids runner Greg Meyer

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Interview with runner Greg Meyer, Grand Rapids native and the last American to win the Boston Marathon.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- It's too early for sales figures, but this year's Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, likely racking up more than $3 billion in sales according to research firm comScore.

That's even though the holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday pick up. But enough shoppers have been trained to look for "Cyber Monday" specific sales to ensure the holiday will still mean big bucks for retailers.

As of 7 p.m. Monday, Adobe estimated Cyber Monday sales would rise 12 percent to $2.98 billion by the end of the day. A more complete picture of Cyber Monday sales will be available when comScore releases figures on Wednesday.


LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Some key leaders at the international climate summit say one of the smartest ways to fight global warming is putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution.

Either a tax on carbon dioxide emissions or trading carbon pollution like pork bellies, which puts a price on carbon, will help use capitalism to get closer to a day when the world isn't adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere.

The leaders of France, Germany, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Ethiopia, as well as heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development are all on board with the concept.

The number of countries, provinces, states or cities putting a price on carbon has tripled in the past year and is now at 40, including some U.S. states.

President Barack Obama says the private sector needs to have a seat at the table as the world's governments attempt to curb global warming.

He says that governments will set the targets that nations will try to reach, but it will be scientists, private sector investors and workers who will largely determine whether those goals are met.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A new union vote is scheduled for this week at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, but so far it's been largely devoid of the public threats, promises and handwringing that surrounded last year's election at the factory.

The United Auto Workers was narrowly defeated in last year's election among the entire blue-collar workforce at the factory. The union is taking a more limited approach this time in seeking to represent just the 165 skilled-trades workers and not the 1,250 production workers.

Leading UAW critic Sen. Bob Corker has not commented on the new vote since it was announced last month. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has mostly limited his criticism to questioning the timing of the vote: amid the turmoil faced by Volkswagen over its diesel emissions cheating scandal.


UNDATED (AP) -- The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager is taking on Turing Pharmaceuticals over a life-saving medicine that went from $13.50 a pill to $750 when Turing bought the rights.

Express Scripts Holding Co. is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by making a treatment for the rare infection toxoplasmosis that costs $1 per pill available on its biggest formulary, or list of covered drugs.

Turing stirred outrage among doctors, patients and politicians when it bought rights to Daraprim earlier this year and then subsequently jacked up the price of the 62-year-old drug.

Other drugmakers have also recently purchased the rights to old, cheap medicines that are the only treatment for serious diseases and then hiked prices. The practice has triggered government investigations, politicians' proposals to fight "price gouging," and heavy media scrutiny.

The Express Scripts decision means that a cheaper alternative created by Imprimis Pharmaceuticals will now be available to about 25 million customers through its formulary.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that mainly threatens people with weak immune systems.


HONG KONG (AP) -- An official survey shows that Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November while service industries improved.

The manufacturing index released Tuesday and based on a survey of factory purchasing managers slipped to 49.6 in November from 49.8 the previous month.

The index is based on a 100-point scale, with the 50-point mark separating expansion from contraction.

A similar measure covering China's service industries rose to 53.6 from 53.1.

Separately, the private Caixin/Markit purchasing managers' index for manufacturing released the same day also remained at a level indicating contraction, although it improved to 48.6 from 48.3.

The latest data highlight the growth slowdown gripping China as officials try to shift the economy's focus from manufacturing to services in a transition that's proving to be rocky.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska health officials say tests have again confirmed that Alaska seafood has not been tainted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four years ago.

A 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, generated a 130-foot wave that devastated 217 square miles in Japan. About 16,000 people were confirmed dead and nearly 2,600 were never found.

Among the damaged facilities was the nuclear plant complex at Fukushima, and meltdowns created fear that radionuclides might contaminate Alaska fish.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says testing of Alaska-caught fish sampled this year confirms the same results as 2014 testing -- no detection of radioactive hazards from Fukushima.

Fish were sampled from commercial processors around the state using U.S. Food and Drug Administration methods. The fish were tested at an FDA facility in Massachusetts.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is boosting the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. gasoline supply. That's despite sustained opposition by an unusual alliance of oil companies, environmentalists and some GOP presidential candidates.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a rule to increase production of ethanol to be blended with gasoline through 2016, a decision that could reverberate in Iowa's crucial presidential caucuses. While some candidates have supported higher levels of renewable fuels, conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz call the government's longtime support for ethanol "corporate welfare."

The decision doesn't necessarily mean a higher percentage of ethanol in an individual driver's tank, and isn't likely to have much effect on gas prices. But it does mean there will a higher supply of the home-grown fuel overall.


NEW YORK (AP) -- JetBlue wants to recruit a few flight students with no flying experience and train them to become pilots.

The airline says applicants would still need to meet minimum requirements including 1,500 hours of flying experience before operating one of its planes.

JetBlue said Monday it only plans to put 24 students through the training. The airline has about 2,600 pilots.

Still, if JetBlue's request is approved by federal officials it would break from a long-standing pattern in the United States.

Airlines once got most of their pilots from the military. In recent years, many have been aviation school graduates who gained the necessary flying experience on their own, doing everything from towing advertising banners to working as flight-school instructors.


NEW YORK (AP) -- A group funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity says it is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker's involvement with the nonprofit.

The Global Energy Balance Network says on its website Monday night that it is "discontinuing operations due to resource limitations." The decision was effective immediately.

The group had previously said that it received an "unrestricted gift" from Coke and that the Atlanta-based soft drink giant had "no input" into its activities.

Last week, The Associated Press reported on emails showing that Coke helped with the selection of group leaders and suggested content for its website. And Coke CEO Muhtar Kent acknowledged there wasn't enough transparency regarding the company's involvement.

Global Energy Balance Network did not respond Monday night to a request for further comment.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung is replacing its mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years.

The Samsung Group conglomerate said Tuesday that Koh Dongjin was promoted to president and will replace Shin Jong-kyun as the head of the mobile business at its flagship company Samsung Electronics.

Samsung's smartphone lead has been dwindling as competition intensifies.

Shin will step away from day-to-day operations and focus on long-term strategies. He keeps his title of CEO of the IT and mobile division that encompasses phone, network and computer businesses.

Koh, an engineer, was an executive vice president leading mobile research and development.

Samsung says he led the development of two flagship smartphones released this year, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. He was also behind development of Samsung's mobile payments system.