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Putin hopes WHO soon approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

He says the move is essential for expanding its global supplies.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference to address participants in a congress of the United Russia party marking the 20th anniversary of the party founding, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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Deutsche Welle suspends cooperation with Jordan broadcaster

German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle says it is suspending cooperation with a Jordanian partner, Roya TV, because of concerns about anti-Israeli and antisemitic content and caricatures on its social media
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December 05

More EVs are coming. Where's the infrastructure?

There are fewer than 46,000 public EV stations currently in the U.S.
December 05
A level II EV charging station is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and available to the public in Portland, Maine, March 9, 2021.
December 04

Austin: Allies, innovation key to US competition with China

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the Pentagon intends to work better with private industry to develop high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the Indo-Pacific region in order to maintain a competitive edge over China,
December 04
FILE - Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Pentagon on Nov. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 04

UK tightens travel testing rules amid omicron concerns

Britain’s government has tightened travel restrictions amid concerns about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant
December 04
A man dressed as Santa Claus gestures as people walk past, in London, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Britain says it will offer all adults a booster dose of vaccine within two months to bolster the nation's immunity as the new omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads. New measures to combat variant came into force in England on Tuesday, with face coverings again compulsory in shops and on public transport. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
December 04

Trump media partner says it has lined up $1B in capital

The partner has agreements for $1B in capital from institutional investors.
December 04
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump arrives on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington. Trump's first post-White House book will be, like so much else about him, a departure from other former presidents. “Our Journey Together” is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2021, but not through a traditional New York publisher. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 04

Anti-lockdown protesters march through Dutch city of Utrecht

Thousands of people have marched peacefully through the Dutch city of Utrecht to protest the government’s coronavirus lockdown measures
December 04
Thousands of demonstrators march in Utrecht, Netherlands, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, to protest against COVID-19 restrictions and the lockdown. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
December 04

US drugstores squeezed by vaccine demand, staff shortages

A rush of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are squeezing drugstores around the country
December 04
A sign is posted outside a CVS pharmacy on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 in Indianapolis. A rush of vaccine-seeking customers and staff shortages are squeezing drugstores around the country. That has led to frazzled workers and even temporary pharmacy closures. (AP Photo/Tom Murphy)
December 04

Protesters block roads in Serbia to criticize mining plans

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants
December 04
Protesters stand on the highway during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants. Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
December 04

BP oil spill fund: $103M to projects in 3 Gulf states

Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects
December 04
FILE - Drilling rigs and workboats operate at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico Friday, July 16, 2010. Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 says the 11 new projects and two extensions bring the total to $1.6 billion across the five Gulf states. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
December 04

Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden's $2T bill

Democrats are hoping that Congress is nearing the finish line in its seven-month trek on President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social and environment package
December 04
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., looks over his notes as he prepares to speak to reporters after a Democratic policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 03

Biden signs stopgap funding bill to keep government running

President Joe Biden has signed into law the stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government running through Feb. 18
December 03
Night falls at the the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, with the deadline to fund the government approaching. Republicans in the Senate are poised to stall a must-pass funding bill as they force a debate on rolling back the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates for some workers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 03

DAs, retailers say California needs tougher retail theft law

Prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California’s governor and attorney general that they have enough tools to combat shoplifting and other retail thefts
December 03
FILE - A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, on Nov. 23, 2021. Prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California’s governor and attorney general that they have enough tools to combat shoplifting. California Retailers Association president Rachel Michelin says shoplifting has been a growing problem. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia, File)
December 03

Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden's $2T bill

Democrats are hoping that Congress is nearing the finish line in its seven-month trek on President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion social and environment package
December 03
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., looks over his notes as he prepares to speak to reporters after a Democratic policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 03

Where's the snow? Rockies winter starts with a whimper

Denver’s winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren’t faring much better
December 03
Derek Greenough basks in the sun at Cheesman Park Pavilion on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Denver. The city is close to breaking a record for its longest streak ever without snow. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)
December 03

Stocks slump after murky jobs report as markets swing

Wall Street closed out a bumpy week with more losses on Friday following a mixed reading on U.S. jobs markets that investors said was tough to parse
December 03
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Friday, Nov. 3, 2021. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Friday after a broad rally on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on the spread of the new coronavirus variant and measures governments are taking to restrain it. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
December 03

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Wall Street closed out a bumpy week with more losses on Friday following a mixed reading on the U.S. jobs market that investors said was tough to parse
December 03
December 03

DocuSign, Olli's fall; Marvell Technology, Smartsheet rise

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Friday: DocuSign, Olli’s fall; Marvell Technology, Smartsheet rise
December 03
December 03

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
December 03
December 03

AP Source: NSO Group spyware used to hack State employees

The phones of 11 U.S. State Department employees were hacked using technology from Israel’s NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company
December 03
FILE - A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, Aug. 24, 2021. Tech giant Apple announced Tuesday, Nov. 23, that it is suing Israel’s NSO Group, seeking to block the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company from breaking into Apple's products, like the iPhone. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
December 03

Struggling Chinese developer warns it could run out of money

A troubled Chinese developer struggling under $310 billion in debt has warned it may run out of money to “perform its financial obligations."
December 03
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021, file photo, a security guard stands at the headquarters of China Evergrande Group in Hong Kong. On Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, troubled Chinese developer China Evergrande Group, struggling under $310 billion in debt, warned it may run out of money to “perform its financial obligations,” sending regulators scrambling to reassure investors that China’s financial markets can be protected from a potential impact. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
December 03

US jobless rate sinks to 4.2% as many more people find jobs

America’s unemployment rate tumbled last month to its lowest point since the pandemic struck, even as employers appeared to slow their hiring — a mixed picture that pointed to a resilient economy that’s putting more people to work
December 03
Folsom Vice Mayor Sarah Aquino wrings out a rag before cleaning a table at Back Bistro in Folsom, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Aquino is an insurance broker. But she took a part-time job at one of her favorite local restaurants because they were struggling to hire people. Employers have reported a shortage of workers to meet demand as more people return to normal habits following the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic. Aquino sees it as her civic duty to help out local businesses. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)
December 03

EPA head: 'Journey to Justice' tour 'really personal for me'

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says a recently completed “Journey to Justice” tour from Mississippi to Texas enabled him to put “faces and names with this term that we call environmental justice.”
December 03
EPA Administrator Michael Regan, right, confers with city engineer Charles Williams at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, a Ridgeland based facility near Jackson, Miss., about longstanding water issues that have plagued the city, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The visit was one of several stops in a week-long "Journey to Justice" tour through Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, spotlighting longstanding environmental concerns in historically marginalized communities. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
December 03

Sanders to Biden: Cut back looming Medicare premium hike

Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking the White House to cut back a big Medicare premium hike set to take effect in weeks and tied to a pricey Alzheimer’s drug whose benefits have been widely questioned
December 03
December 03

Growth in US service sector reaches new heights in November

Growth in the services sector, where most Americans work, hit an all-time high in November, surpassing the previous record set in October
December 03
Waiter Juan Rodrigues, left, asks patrons to show their vaccination cards before entering the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 03

Shell pulls out of controversial Cambo project in Scotland

Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial oil project off Scotland’s Shetland Islands, saying the project no longer makes economic sense for the company
December 03
December 03

EXPLAINER: Turkey's currency is crashing. What's the impact?

Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices
December 03
A man sells Turkish flags in a commercial area in Kadikoy neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 03

UAE agrees to buy French warplanes as Macron visits Gulf

France says the UAE has purchased 80 French-made Rafale warplanes.
December 03
FILE - France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hand with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, prior to a meeting, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Still reeling from the recent submarine deal rapture by Western allies, French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Arab countries of the Persian Gulf on Friday Dec. 3, 2021, with an aim to close a lucrative arms deal and strengthen France's leadership role in renewed international efforts to revive Iran's cratered nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
December 03

Laos opens railway to China as debt to Beijing rises

The prime minister of Laos has ridden the first run of a $5.9 billion Chinese-built train connecting his isolated, mountainous country with southern China
December 03
Women in ethnic dresses perform on a passenger carriage of the first regular train service on the Chinese section of the railway between Kunming and Vientiane, the Laotian capital, after its debut ceremony in Kunming in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. The railway is one of hundreds of projects under Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative to build ports, railways and other facilities across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. (Chinatopix via AP)
December 03

US steps up disclosure pressure on Chinese companies

Chinese companies will have to disclose more information or quit U.S. markets.
December 03
FILE - The Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Jan. 3, 2020. Chinese companies will have to disclose more information about audits and whether they are controlled by a government or else leave U.S. stock markets under a rule approved by securities regulators, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
December 03

EPA head tours embattled communities, says help on the way

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says a recently completed “Journey to Justice” tour from Mississippi to Texas enabled him to put “faces and names with this term that we call environmental justice.”
December 03
EPA Administrator Michael Regan, right, confers with city engineer Charles Williams at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, a Ridgeland based facility near Jackson, Miss., about longstanding water issues that have plagued the city, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The visit was one of several stops in a week-long "Journey to Justice" tour through Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, spotlighting longstanding environmental concerns in historically marginalized communities. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
December 03

China's Didi to leave US stock market amid tech crackdown

Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. says it will pull out of the New York Stock Exchange and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries
December 03
A woman walks past the headquarters for Didi Beijing on July 16, 2021. Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 it will pull out of the U.S. stock market and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 02

Asian shares mixed after broad rally on Wall Street

Stocks are trading mixed in Asia after a broad rally on Wall Street as investors keep an eye on the spread of the new coronavirus variant and measures governments are taking to restrain it
December 02
Trader Sal Suarino works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street Thursday as investors continue to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus variant as well as measures that the U.S. and other governments are taking to restrain it. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
December 02

Starbucks fights expanding unionization effort at its stores

Starbucks is fighting an expanded effort to unionize its stores
December 02
FILE - Richard Bensinger, left, who is advising unionization efforts, along with baristas Casey Moore, right, Brian Murray, second from left, and Jaz Brisack, second from right, discuss their efforts to unionize three Buffalo-area stores, inside the movements headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Buffalo, N.Y. Starbucks is fighting an expanded effort to unionize its stores. The effort comes even as a union vote proceeds at three of the coffee chain's locations in Buffalo, New York. Union organizers from three additional Buffalo-area stores appeared before the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday, Dec. 2, asking to hold union votes at each of their stores. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson, File).
December 02

BP agrees to $500K penalty, soot limits at Indiana refinery

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay a $512,450 penalty and reduce soot emissions from its Whiting refinery in Indiana
December 02
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017 file photo, the BP Whiting refinery in East Chicago, Ind., is shown on Sept. 21, 2017. Oil giant BP agreed Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, to pay a $512,450 penalty and reduce soot emissions from its Whiting refinery in Indiana under an agreement with regulators and activists who accused the company of violating an earlier deal. (DroneBase via AP, File)
December 02

US government sues to block $40 billion Nvidia-Arm chip deal

The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block graphics chip maker Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm
December 02
FILE - People gather in the Nvidia booth at the Mobile World Congress mobile phone trade show Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 sued to block graphics chip maker Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm, saying the deal would create a powerful company that could hurt the growth of new technologies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
December 02

Striking Kellogg's workers to get 3% raises in new contract

Kellogg’s has reached a tentative agreement with its 1,400 cereal plant workers that will deliver 3% raises and end a nearly two-month-long strike if it is approved
December 02
Omaha Striking Kellogg's workers Michael Rodarte, Sue Griffin, Michael Elliott and Mark Gonzalez stand outside the Omaha, Neb., cereal plant Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. The company and the union announced Thursday that they have reached a tentative contract agreement. (AP Photo/ Josh Funk)
December 02

OPEC, allies stick to modest output boost despite omicron

OPEC and allied oil-producing countries have decided to stick to their plans to boost the amount of oil they pump to the world
December 02
Gasoline prices are displayed at a station in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. OPEC and allied oil-producing countries meet Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, under the shadow of a surprise new COVID-19 threat, with uncertainty over the omicron variant's future impact on the global economic recovery hanging over their decision on how much oil to pump to a world that is paying more for gasoline. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 02

Kroger, Okta rise; Dollar General, Apple fall

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Thursday: Kroger, Okta rise; Dollar General, Apple fall
December 02
December 02

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks rose broadly on Wall Street Thursday as investors continue to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus variant as well as measures that the U.S. and other governments are taking to restrain it
December 02
December 02

Sports betting ads: Industry weighs how much is too much?

If you’ve turned on a television in the last three years, chances are you’ve been inundated with advertisements for sports betting, and not only during game broadcasts
December 02
A clerk counts money at the sports book at Freehold Raceway on Oct. 24, 2020, in Freehold, N.J. With advertisements for sports betting blanketing the airwaves, some in the industry and their pro sports and technology partners are starting to ask how much is too much? (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
December 02

EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate from President Joe Biden's administration
December 02
FILE - New York City municipal workers protest against the coming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, outside the Gracie Mansion Conservancy in New York. Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday, Dec. 6, under a mandate from President Joe Biden's administration. But that has been placed on hold by federal judges (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon, File)
December 02

Report: China clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again

China's air regulator has cleared the Boeing 737 Max to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes
December 02
China Southern Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplanes are parked at the edge of the tarmac at Urumqi Diwopu Interational Airport in Urumqi in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. China's aviation regulator cleared the Boeing 737 Max on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, to return to flying with technical upgrades more than two years after the plane was grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes, a news outlet reported. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
December 02

EXPLAINER: What are the rules for travelers entering the US?

President Joe Biden’s latest measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 will increase the hassle factor of entering the United States, even for American citizens returning from overseas
December 02
FILE - Travelers wait in line for screening near a sign for a COVID-19 testing site at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2021. Beginning next week, travelers heading to the U.S. will be required to show evidence of a negative test for the virus within one day of boarding their flight. The previous period was three days. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 02

UAW votes for direct election of leaders in wake of scandal

Members of the United Auto Workers union have overwhelmingly approved picking their leaders by direct ballot elections
December 02
FILE - Model year 2021 Ford Ranger trucks on the assembly line at Michigan Assembly, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Wayne, Mich. Members of the United Auto Workers union have overwhelmingly approved picking their leaders by direct ballot elections, Thursday, Dec. 2, rejecting a system that many blamed for a bribery and embezzlement scandal in the union's top ranks. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
December 02

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
December 02
December 02

US jobless claims rise by 28,000, but still low at 222,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week even though the U.S. job market has been rebounding from last year’s coronavirus recession
December 02
Holiday hiring sign is displayed at a retail store in Vernon Hills, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low 268,000. U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday, Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
December 02

Wall Street balks as Fed signals party's ending, but is it?

Wall Street is worried about the Federal Reserve pulling back its massive support for financial markets
December 02
December 02

Grab goes public in $40B SPAC deal, slides in market debut

Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company Grab tumbled in its market debut Thursday, following a $40 billion merger in a special purpose acquisition company deal
December 02
FILE - Office workers walk past Grab offices during their lunch hour in Singapore on March 26, 2018. Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company Grab made its market debut Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, following a $40 billion merger in a special purpose acquisition company deal. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
December 02

Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

Governments around the world are weighing new measures for populations tired of hearing about restrictions and vaccines as the coronavirus delta variant of COVID-19 pushes up cases in Europe and fears grow over the omicron variant
December 02
FILE - A man takes part in a demonstration against the country's coronavirus restrictions in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. The coronavirus's omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday Dec. 1, 2021, as reports of infections linked to the mutant strain cropped up in more parts of the globe, and one official said that the wait for more information on its dangers felt like “an eternity.” (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File)