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After union vote, Bezos vows to do better for Amazon workers

NEW YORK (AP) — After a union battle at an Alabama warehouse, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos acknowledged that Amazon has to do better for...

Equal pay bill nears approval in House, long odds in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats were poised to pass legislation Thursday that they say would help close the gap between what men and women...

With layoffs down and spending up, US rebound gains momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) — A much-awaited economic boom coming off the pandemic recession appeared to edge closer to reality Thursday with fresh data showing the...

US stocks rise to records on more proof of economic recovery

U.S. stocks are rallying toward records on Thursday after a suite of encouraging data showed how hungry Americans are to spend again, how fewer...

Protests after Germany’s top court nixes Berlin rent cap

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of Berliners took to the streets, many banging pots and pans, to protest a ruling Thursday by Germany's highest court...

Safety groups, unions urge US to fix recalled gov’t vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — More than a dozen consumer groups and three federal employee unions are asking the U.S. government to stop using vehicles in...

Mercedes rolls out luxury electric car in duel with Tesla

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG on Thursday unveiled a battery-powered counterpart to its top Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan as German carmakers ramp up their...

A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by...

US average mortgage rates fall again; 30-year loan at 3.04%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week amid signs of economic improvement. ...

A year after stocks soared, CEOs must show it was warranted

NEW YORK (AP) — It's time to show the receipts, CEOs. ...

Mideast’s largest mall operator to expand amid vaccine hopes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East's largest operator of malls expects revenue and earnings to climb back to pre-pandemic levels by...

Lawyer: 290 relatives file for compensation in MH-17 downing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer for relatives of people killed in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine...

US industrial production warms with the weather, rising 1.4%

WASHINGTON (AP) — American industry rebounded last month as the United States recovered from an unusually frigid February. ...

Citigroup profit triples in 1Q, tops estimates; revenue down

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup's profits more than tripled in the first quarter, the banking conglomerate said Thursday, helped by the release of billions...

Thermo Fisher buying PPD in deal worth $17.4 billion

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Thermo Fisher is buying the clinical testing company PPD for $17.4 billion with the global pandemic creating a surge in...

$1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month, buying new clothes and...

Turkish central bank maintains key rate unchanged at 19%

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank on Thursday kept a key interest rate unchanged at 19%, in its first rate decision since the...

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

GENEVA (AP) — A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains...

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance quits firm after tweets

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance has resigned from the board of a company that uses green technology to mass-produce food...

EU top court backs bloc in ban on electric pulse fishing

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court on Thursday backed the bloc’s decision to ban as of July the practice of using electric...

Chipmaker TSMC says profit up 16.7% as demand revives

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips, said Thursday quarterly profit rose 16.7% over a...

EXPLAINER: Charmed by Madoff, SEC later tightened its rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until Bernie Madoff’s scheme came crashing down and the biggest Ponzi scheme in Wall Street’s history came to light, he appeared...

Asian stock markets mixed after Wall St retreats from record

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Thursday after Wall Street retreated from a record high as major banks reported strong profits at...

Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get...

Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

A new study says leaving middle seats open could give airline passengers more protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. ...

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him...

Treasury Department creates office to oversee virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money authorized...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a...

To retain workers, Walmart moves more of them full time

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is moving more of its workers full time as the nation's largest private employer looks for more ways to...

Coinbase soars in market debut, valued near $86 billion

Coinbase made a rousing debut on Wall Street Wednesday, with shares of the digital currency exchange rising as high as $429, briefly giving it...

Fed survey: Economy rebounding, helped by stimulus, vaccines

A Federal Reserve survey has found that the economy was rebounding in late February through early April, helped by billions of dollars in a...

Powell defends Fed’s consideration of climate change risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday defended the Fed's increasing scrutiny of the threat that climate change could pose to...

McDonald’s to mandate anti-harassment training worldwide

McDonald’s said Wednesday that it will mandate worker training to combat harassment, discrimination and violence in its restaurants worldwide starting next year. ...

Senate OKs tough former regulator as market watchdog chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s choice of Gary Gensler to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, signaling an emphasis...

Irish watchdog opens another Facebook probe, over data dump

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's privacy regulator said Wednesday it has opened an investigation into Facebook after data on more than 500 million users was...

Users could soon hide ‘like’ counts on Instagram, Facebook

The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an...

Amazon claims social network Parler trying to conceal owners

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has accused Parler, the social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter, of trying to conceal its ownership amid...

EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a stinging rebuke to pharma giant AstraZeneca Wednesday, the European Union announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for...

Profits at Goldman Sachs surge in 1Q, helped by trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Investment bank Goldman Sachs saw its profits nearly quintuple in the first quarter, driven by a massive surge of revenue...

JPMorgan 1Q profit up sharply, helped by improving economy

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase saw its first-quarter profit jump nearly five fold from a year earlier, as the improving economy allowed the...

Wells Fargo earned $4.74 billion in Q1, topping estimates

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Wells Fargo had its best quarter in a year and a half, posting a profit of $4.74 billion and...

EU court rejects 2 Ryanair challenges of airline subsidies

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union court dealt another blow to Ryanair on Wednesday and rejected the low-cost carrier's arguments that the aid...

Japan’s Toshiba president steps down amid acquisition talks

TOKYO (AP) — The president of Toshiba Corp. stepped down Wednesday, a week after the Japanese technology and manufacturing giant said it was studying...

Asian stock markets advance after new Wall St high

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday after Wall Street hit a high following an uptick in U.S. inflation and an order by...

Televisa, Univision to jointly produce Spanish TV content

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Grupo Televisa, Mexico’s largest television network, announced Tuesday it is joining with U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision to form a third...

New Zealand bans live cow exports due to welfare concerns

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Wednesday it is banning the export of live cows and other farm animals by sea due...

Bally’s to pay $308M for Tropicana hotel on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, a Sin City namesake, is being sold to a new entrant among Las...

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Tuesday recommended a “pause” in use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of...

Fed leaders agree: Economics has a racial-disparity problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Federal Reserve policymakers on Tuesday underscored their concern that Black and Hispanic people are sharply underrepresented in the economics field,...

Boeing sees uptick in airplane orders as travel picks up

Boeing orders picked up in March, fueled by a major deal with Southwest Airlines that helped to offset another round of cancellations for its...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the...

IRS chief expects new child payments to start this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a strain, but the head of the IRS said Tuesday he expects to meet the July 1 deadline in the...

Czechs reject mandatory quotas on local food in stores

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech lawmakers have rejected a proposed bill to reduce dependency on food imports by imposing a quota of locally-produced food to...

Dutch govt says it’s too early to start easing the lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Tuesday presented a roadmap for relaxing coronavirus lockdown measures, but caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

US investigating possible air bag failures in GM vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The...

France suspends all Brazil flights due to virus variants

PARIS (AP) — France suspended all flights from Brazil on Tuesday amid mounting fears over the particularly contagious coronavirus variant that has been sweeping...

Turkey imposes partial Ramadan lockdown amid record cases

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president announced a partial lockdown Tuesday during the first two weeks of the Muslim month of Ramadan to curb...

Grab to list in US via $40 bln merger with Altimeter Growth

HONG KONG (AP) — Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, Grab Holdings, said Tuesday that it plans to merge with U.S.-based Altimeter Growth Capital in...

Spain’s PM wants EU recovery funds to create greener nation

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's left-wing government wants the massive coronavirus windfall it will be receiving from the European Union to transform the nation...

Galloni becomes first woman as Reuters editor-in-chief

NEW YORK (AP) — The Reuters news service has promoted Alessandra Galloni to be its new editor-in-chief, making her the first woman to take...

Facebook users can appeal harmful content to oversight board

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board said Tuesday that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they...

Consumer prices jump 0.6% in March, biggest gain since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices increased a sharp 0.6% in March, the biggest uptick since 2012, while inflation over the past year jumped...

Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

NEW YORK (AP) — Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Global Citizen is unveiling an ambitious...

European lawmakers, executives urge US to halve emissions

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of European lawmakers, business executives and union leaders on Tuesday urged the United States to cut its greenhouse gas emissions...

China’s March exports rise 30.6% as global demand revives

BEIJING (AP) — China’s exports rose 30.6% over a year ago in March as global consumer demand strengthened and traders watched for signs of...

UK economy grows 0.4% amid confidence from vaccine rollout

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. economy grew 0.4% in February, rebounding from a sharp drop the previous month, as the rapid rollout of COVID-19...

Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts...

California’s ArcLight and Pacific Theaters to close for good

Hollywood’s theatrical business may be slowly rebounding but for some exhibitors the last year has been catastrophic. Pacific Theaters, which operates some 300 screens...

Late president’s book outlines vision for Japan’s Nintendo

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo’s late president Satoru Iwata oversaw the video-game maker’s global growth as Super Mario and Pokemon became household names. ...

Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts...

US nominates NY lawyer to monitor United Auto Workers union

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit is recommending that a federal judge name New York lawyer Neil Barofsky to monitor the...

Air Canada, Canadian government agree on pandemic bailout

TORONTO (AP) — Air Canada and the Canadian government agreed Monday on financing that will allow the airline to access as much as $5.9...

Biden wants infrastructure deal, but GOP doubts persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he's sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but Republican lawmakers have deep-seated doubts...

Microsoft buying speech recognition firm Nuance in $16B deal

Microsoft, on an accelerated growth push, is buying speech recognition company Nuance in a deal worth about $16 billion. ...

Fox stands behind Tucker Carlson after ADL urges his firing

Fox Corp. is standing behind Tucker Carlson after the Anti-Defamation League last week called for the company to fire the opinion host for his...

Stocks end slightly below latest record highs as tech slips

U.S. stock indexes gave up some of their recent gains Monday, pulling the S&P 500 slightly below the record high it hit last week....

US budget deficit jumps to record $1.7 trillion this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit surged to an all-time high of $1.7 trillion for the first six months of this budget...

Biden tells execs US needs to invest, lead in computer chips

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used a virtual meeting with corporate leaders about a global shortage of semiconductors to push Monday for his...

How billionaire is using financial muscle for racial equity

Inspired by the racial justice protests of 2020, Jahm Najafi is ready to shed his normally low profile to make some headlines for his...

Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

Uber is offering sign-up bonuses and other incentives for drivers as it faces record demand for rides and meal delivery. ...

Rome judge orders arrest of Vatican suspect in London deal

ROME (AP) — A Rome judge ordered the arrest Monday of an Italian businessman living in London who is a prime suspect in the...

Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Dozens of Americans are rolling up their sleeves for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine -- this time, shots tweaked to guard against a...

Firefighter killed in blaze in Russian city of St Petersburg

MOSCOW (AP) — A major fire engulfed a business center in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, on Monday, killing a firefighter and injuring two...

Merkel’s bloc spars over who will run for German chancellor

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, Armin Laschet, on Monday rallied his party's leadership behind his bid to become the...

Venice architecture Biennale opens a year later on May 22

MILAN (AP) — A year after being postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Venice Biennale for architecture will open on May 22 for a...

Time to party? Events industry still uncertain about COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Although weddings and other big celebrations are going back on the calendar in the U.S., business owners who make those...

UK lobbying scandal snares ex-PM Cameron; govt starts probe

LONDON (AP) — The controversy over former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s lobbying on behalf of a now-bankrupt financial services firm deepened Monday as...

Chinese regulator orders Ant Group to conduct major overhaul

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese regulators have ordered Ant Group, a financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, to become a financial holding...

Chilly weather doesn’t dampen UK joy at lockdown easing

LONDON (AP) — People across Britain flocked to shed shaggy locks and browse for clothes, books and other “non-essential” items as shops, gyms, hairdressers,...

Norway charges man over thwarted attacks in London, Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man has been charged in Norway for his alleged role in plans to carry out three extremist attacks in...

Huawei, HSBC agree on document deal for extradition case

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese telecommunications equipment firm Huawei said Monday that it has reached an agreement with HSBC in Hong Kong to obtain...

Germany’s Bild newspaper to launch television channel

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest-selling daily newspaper, Bild, plans to launch a television channel that will go on air before the country's election in...

Fed’s Powell sees US boom ahead, with COVID still a risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is poised for an extended period of strong growth and hiring, the chair of the Federal Reserve said...

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan...

Biden sees `win’ for US in electric vehicle battery deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one...

CEOs gather to speak out against voting law changes

More than a hundred top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss their response to restrictive voting laws under consideration in...

Asian shares decline on vaccine, virus worries

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were lower on Monday, as investors grew wary over the recent surge in coronavirus cases in many places while...

Business faces tricky path navigating post-Trump politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White...

Italy releases impounded migrant ship for routine upkeep

MILAN (AP) — The Alan Kurdi rescue ship operated by a German nongovernmental organization has been released by an administrative court in Italy to...

Kyrgyzstan approves constitution boosting president’s power

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers. ...

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