IN THE NEWS: APPLE TO INTRODUCE NEW WARES TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bigger. Better. Pricier. That's a summation of what Apple will be offering when it introduces its new iPhone model today. The company is going to be rolling out three new devices. But the one that is getting the most attention is an iPhone that is supposed to have a 6.5-inch OLED screen. That's nearly an inch larger than the current largest screen, found on the iPhone X. As for the resolution, the OLED is seen as an upgrade over LCD technology — in that the display is created without a backlight. That is supposed to provide deeper, richer blacks than traditional screens. The price is expected to surpass that of the iPhone X, which currently fetches a $1,000 starting price.

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IN THE NEWS: SOUTH DAKOTA - SALES TAX

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Looks like we might soon be able to add another state to the list of those collecting sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. Under a measure endorsed by the state budget-writing committee, South Dakota would begin collecting takes from online sales. This week the state will hold a special legislative session to approve a tax measure. The move comes in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for online sales taxes to be collected.

ON THE WEB: TESLA COLORS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The fleet of Tesla electric cars will be a little less colorful. CEO Elon Musk says the company is dropping two of the seven colors it had offered to customers. In a tweet, Musk says the colors — obsidian black and metallic silver — will still be available, but at a higher cost. The other colors that are available are solid black, pearl white, deep blue metallic and red, as well as something called "midnight silver metallic." Tesla says the move is aimed at trying to streamline production even as the company looks to speed efforts to get cars into the hands of the more than 400,000 people waiting to buy a Model 3. Some have been waiting since March, 2016 — when the company first started taking orders.

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IN STORES: AMAZON AND CHRISTMAS TREES

NEW YORK (AP) — You're probably used to seeing Amazon boxes of various sizes on your doorstep or those of your neighbors. But a 7-foot box? It's about to happen as the online retail giant says it plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year. Amazon says the trees, including Douglas firs and Norfolk Island pines, will be bound and shipped without water in regular, old boxes. Amazon says they'll be sent within 10 days of being cut down — and should survive the shipping process just fine. Amazon says the trees, wreaths and garlands will go on sale starting in November. Some will qualify for free shipping under the Prime rewards program — and people can even pick the date they want their tree to arrive.

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