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Barbers, artists help defy vaccine myths for people of color

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a Washington, D.C., suburb, Black and Latino barbers are busting myths about the coronavirus vaccine while clipping hair. ...

Russian President Putin gets 2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot, three weeks after getting the first dose. ...

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...

India to approve coronavirus shots green-lit by WHO, others

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Tuesday that it will approve the use of all coronavirus vaccines that have been given an emergency nod...

New Mexico governor signs bill to legalize recreational pot

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday legalizing recreational marijuana use within months and kicking off sales...

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...

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...

US colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to...

The Latest: US 7th Fleet: 14,000 personnel fully vaccinated

PHILIPPINE SEA — The U.S. 7th Fleet that operates throughout the Indo-Pacific says more than 14,000 of its service members have received their full...

Musk statement on Tesla production raises questions

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is once again drawing scrutiny for questionable comments he made to Wall Street analysts, this time involving...

Chip shortage forces more production cuts by GM, Ford

DETROIT (AP) — The global shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to further cut production at their North American factories as...

The Latest: 11 new COVID-19 cases in China’s lone outbreak

BEIJING — Chinese officials say 11 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a southwestern city bordering Myanmar that is the scene of...

3rd health minister fired in virus-battered Czech Republic

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis fired his health minister on Wednesday, the third to have been ousted during the pandemic in...

Man, a steal! Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25M

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized,...

FDA OKs first new ADHD drug in over a decade for children

U.S. regulators have approved the first new drug in over a decade for children with ADHD, which causes inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. ...

The Latest: Lockdown extended for metro Manila, surroundings

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government extended a lockdown by another week Monday after an alarming spike in coronavirus infections continued to surge and...

EXPLAINER: What Biden’s new $100B plan for broadband means

The problems with U.S. broadband networks have been obvious for years. Service costs more than in many other rich nations, it still doesn't reach...

CEO of Google’s self-driving car spinoff steps down from job

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The executive who steered the transformation of Google's self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars...

Avant-garde publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano dead at 47

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo DiTrapano, an avant-garde magazine and book publisher who as the founder of New York Tyrant worked with Atticus Lish,...

Taiwan chip maker TSMC to invest $100B to grow capacity

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Major Taiwan computer chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. plans to invest $100 billion in the next three years in...

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A batch of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine failed quality standards and can’t be used, the drug giant said Wednesday. ...

Automakers BMW, Volvo back moratorium on deep seabed mining

BERLIN (AP) — Automakers BMW and Volvo announced Wednesday that they support a moratorium on deep seabed mining for minerals used in electric vehicle...

News Corp. buys Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books division

NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest news of consolidation in the literary world, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced Monday it's buying Houghton Mifflin...

China erasing H&M from internet amid Xinjiang backlash

HONG KONG (AP) — H&M disappeared from the internet in China as the government raised pressure on shoe and clothing brands and announced sanctions...

The Latest: Texas state judge upholds Austin’s mask mandate

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas judge is allowing the City of Austin to continue to require face coverings in local businesses weeks after Gov....

EXPLAINER: What’s a SPAC, the latest craze on Wall Street?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — WeWork will finally go public this year, allowing investors to buy and sell its shares. But not through a traditional...

CEO says Harry hire is a natural fit, not a publicity stunt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of BetterUp Inc. said Wednesday that he hired Prince Harry as an executive because of his tenacious advocacy...

Ex-US vaccine chief fired over sexual harassment allegations

The former chief science adviser for the U.S. effort to rapidly develop COVID-19 vaccines has been fired from the board of directors of a...

Betting sites offer software blocks for compulsive gamblers

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some sports betting companies are offering tools that allow compulsive gamblers to block themselves from most online sites. ...

Slower mail, fewer office hours part of Postal Service plans

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday announced plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post offices as part of a...

Intel announces Arizona expansion as chipmaker seeks footing

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Intel announced Tuesday it will build two new factories in Arizona and outsource more of its production as a new...

Putin to get coronavirus vaccine shot in Russia on Tuesday

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said he will get a coronavirus vaccine shot on Tuesday, several months after widespread vaccination started in Russia....

2 Royal Caribbean lines to resume Caribbean cruises in June

MIAMI (AP) — Two Royal Caribbean cruises will resume in June, ending a yearlong hiatus, but passengers 18 and older must test negative for...

DeWine picks ex-judge as new Ohio utility commission chair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former county judge was selected Friday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as the next chair of the Public Utilities...

The Latest: Australia seeks vaccine aid for Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is working with U.S., Indian and Japanese partners to provide emergency coronavirus vaccine to...

Prepare the popcorn: AMC opening more movie theaters

It's showtime! AMC Theatres says it will have 98% of its U.S. movie theaters open on Friday as a bunch of theaters reopen in...

JetBlue considers whether to leave NYC and move to Florida

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is considering whether to stay in New York, where it was founded two decades ago, or move its...

Amazon jumps into health care with telemedicine initiative

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon is making its first foray into providing health care services, announcing Wednesday that it will be offering its...

German automaker BMW ramps up electric vehicle offerings

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW said Wednesday it intends to speed the rollout of new electric cars, vowing to bring battery-powered models...

Nokia to cut up to 10,000 jobs to ramp up R&D in 5G race

HELSINKI (AP) — Wireless network maker Nokia says it is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs, or over 10% of its staff, to...

Why the pandemic left long-term scars on global job market

Esther Montanez's housecleaning job at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston was a lifeline for her, a 31-year-old single mother with a 5-year-old son. ...

Biden boosts US vaccine stockpile as world waits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has directed his administration to order another 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, growing...

Nonprofits hail anti-poverty aspects of COVID relief measure

Nonprofit advocates have hailed Congress’ passage of a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure that has the potential to lift millions of people out of...

Uber, Lyft team up on database to expose abusive drivers

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Uber and Lyft have teamed up to create a database of drivers ousted from their ride-hailing services for complaints...

Fire at French cloud computing firm disrupts websites

PARIS (AP) — Numerous companies and websites in France suffered outages and disruptions to services after a fire swept through a cloud computing provider's...

Facebook moves to dismiss federal, state antitrust suits

Facebook has asked a court to dismiss state and federal antitrust lawsuits that accuse it of abusing its market power in social networking to...

Biden boosts US vaccine stockpile as world waits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday directed his administration to order another 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine,...

CEO: Italy-made Sputnik V aimed for EU market, if approved

MILAN (AP) — The head of a Swiss pharmaceutical company said Wednesday that hopes behind a deal with Russia to produce the Sputnik V...

Russia to make Sputnik V vaccine in Italy, a first in EU

MILAN (AP) — Russia has signed a deal to produce its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Italy, the first contract in the European Union,...

WWE Network move to Peacock part of very busy spring for WWE

World Wrestling Entertainment is used to making headlines this time of year leading up to WrestleMania. But the company has more on its plate...

The Latest: Ontario wants vaccine shot in adults by June 20

TORONTO — The head of the vaccine program for Canada’s most populous province expects to get every adult in Ontario a first vaccine shot...

Canada clears Johnson & Johnson vaccine, first to approve 4

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is getting a fourth vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as the country's health regulator has cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot...

Square, Inc. to buy majority of Tidal and put Jay-Z on board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Financial technology company Square, Inc. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire majority ownership of Tidal, the...

Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

NEW YORK (AP) — Paramount+ debuts Thursday as the latest — and last — streaming option from a major media company, this time from...

Asian shares track Wall St decline as bond yields rebound

Asian shares fell Thursday, tracking a decline on Wall Street as another rise in bond yields rattled investors who worry that higher inflation may...

Google ends sale of ads using individual web tracking data

LONDON (AP) — Google says it won't develop new ways to follow individual users across the internet after it phases out existing ad-tracking technology...

Ontario says seniors won’t get AstraZeneca vaccine

TORONTO (AP) — The health minister of Canada’s most populous province said Tuesday Ontario seniors won’t receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine since there’s limited data...

Microsoft: China-based hackers found bug to target US firms

China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft's email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday. ...

Russian Sputnik V vaccine splits Slovakia ruling coalition

PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia was thrown into a political crisis Tuesday over a secret deal to acquire Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine orchestrated by...

Zoom posts big quarter even as subscriber growth slows

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Zoom’s astronomical growth is tapering off along with the pandemic, raising questions about whether the videoconferencing service’s immense popularity...

AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise

An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including...

The Latest: U.S. FDA approves J&J single-shot vaccine

WASHINGTON — The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. ...

The Latest: Navajo Nation new virus cases on downward trend

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has continued on a downward trend in the number of daily coronavirus cases. ...

Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the...

The Latest: Governor extends Oregon’s state of emergency

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency until May 2 as confirmed COVID-19 cases...

AT&T spinning off DirecTV after losing millions of customers

AT&T is spinning off its DirecTV into a new company for a fraction of the $48.5 billion it paid for the satellite TV service...

Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end...

’60 Minutes’ will have streaming spinoff on Paramount+

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News is launching a streaming version of “60 Minutes” on the new Paramount+ service, hoping to expose the durable...

Britons rush to book holidays amid plans to end lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Stir-crazy Britons rushed to book overseas vacations after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled plans to slowly ease a national lockdown, boosting...

Macy’s closes out a tough year with hope for 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is looking ahead to a year of recovery and rebuilding from the pandemic as the iconic department store chain...

The Latest: Mexico receives shipment of Sputnik V vaccine

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has received its first shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. ...

Podcast odd couple: Obama, Springsteen in Spotify series

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for an eight-episode Spotify podcast series, swapping stories about their upbringings and...

Microsoft, EU publishers seek Australia-style news payments

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft is teaming up with European publishers to push for a system to make big tech platforms pay for news, raising...

Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days. ...

Longtime editor Genevieve Young left legacy in publishing

NEW YORK (AP) — Genevieve Young was a publishing editor with a long and diverse legacy. ...

US still unraveling ‘sophisticated’ hack of 9 gov’t agencies

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities are still working to unravel the full scope of the likely Russian hack that gave the “sophisticated” actor behind...

Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ford is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030 in just the...

Epic Games files EU antitrust complaint against Apple

LONDON (AP) — Epic Games said Wednesday it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with European Union regulators, opening a new front in its...

Bill would end tax hikes for companies researching disease

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Facing a staggering $54.3 billion budget deficit last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, California's governor and state Legislature agreed...

Got no milk: Nestle creates vegan KitKat bar

BERLIN (AP) — Coming soon to a selected retailer near you: a vegan version of the iconic KitKat candy bar. ...

The Latest: Australia receives over 142,000 vaccine doses

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia will begin vaccinating its population against COVID-19 next week after its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine was delivered on Monday. ...

Chinese vaccine will pull Hungary ahead of EU, PM says

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will be able to vaccinate millions more people against the coronavirus by the end of May than other European...

The Latest: Australia’s 2nd largest city to begin lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city will begin its third lockdown due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine. ...

United: Small electric air taxis will zip people to airports

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines said Wednesday it will buy up to 200 small electric air taxis to help customers in urban areas get...

Uber’s 4Q loss narrows, raising hopes for pandemic recovery

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Uber’s whittled its losses at the end of a topsy-turvy year that forced the ride-hailing service to rely more...

Resurgent virus slows recovery at Coca-Cola

A resurgent coronavirus slowed Coca-Cola’s recovery in the fourth quarter, and the company said the slump has continued into this year. ...

Czech PM views Serbia’s mass vaccination campaign

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Czech Republic’s prime minister visited Serbia on Wednesday to find out more about the Balkan nation's mass inoculation program...

Virgin Obit in deal to launch satellites for Polish company

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Southern California-based Virgin Orbit said Tuesday it has signed an agreement to launch a pair of small satellites for...

New boost for minority businesses in underserved communities

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Small minority-owned businesses have often struggled to gain access to capital and other tools to grow, a challenge made more...

China gives approval for broader use of Sinovac vaccine

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk...

The Latest: Sri Lankan officials say vaccinations advancing

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan health officials said on Saturday that more than half of the health workers and frontline military and police...

Hunter Biden’s memoir ‘Beautiful Things’ out in April

NEW YORK (AP) — Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden and an ongoing target for conservatives, has a memoir coming out April 6. ...

5 challenges awaiting Amazon’s new CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1995, few could imagine that the modest online bookstore built by Jeff Bezos would turn into a $1.7 trillion...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may step down without stepping away

Even after stepping aside as CEO, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will likely keep identifying new frontiers for the world's dominant e-commerce company. His successor,...

Edmunds: Whatever happened to car subscription services?

Just a few years ago, car subscriptions looked like the next sure thing. Picking up on consumers’ comfort with paying monthly for the likes...

Sony booming on hit ‘Demon Slayer,’ headed to record profit

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp.’s its fiscal third quarter profit jumped 62%, positioning the Japanese entertainment and electronics giant for a record annual profit...

The Latest: S Korea curbing travel, gatherings for holiday

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials are moving to limit travel and gatherings during next week’s Lunar New Year’s holidays by allowing train...

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, will step down as CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon as an online bookstore and built it into a shopping and entertainment behemoth, will step...

The Latest: Wash. state warns hospitals on VIP vaccinations

SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state are warning hospitals and other facilities giving coronavirus vaccinations not to give special access to some people, saying...

Google shutters internal Stadia game studio

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is closing the internal studio tasked with developing games for its Stadia cloud-gaming service, a move that raises questions...

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