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Indian lawmakers pass farm bills amid uproar in Parliament

Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers have approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments
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FILE-In this June 13, 2018 file photo, an Indian woman separates grain from the husk in a paddy field in Mayong village on the outskirts of Gauhati, India,. Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers on Sunday approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)
September 20

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use
September 20
FILE - A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
September 20

Baltic Sea ferry runs aground in Finnish waters, no injuries

Finnish authorities say a Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries
September 20
Viking Line's cruise ship M/S Amorella is seen near the Aland islands, seen from Finland, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Finnish authorities say a Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries. (Niclas Norlund/Lehtikuva via AP)
September 20

March of 100,000 marks week 7 of Belarus protests

Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital as the country's wave of protests entered its seventh week
September 20
Protesters with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation broke out after an Aug. 9 election that officials say gave him a sixth term in office and that opponents say was rigged. (AP Photo/TUT.by)
September 20

Experts warn of misguided 'hygiene theater' efforts as pandemic wages on

An obsession with surface cleaning may not be the best way to combat the spread.
September 20
In this May 23 ,2020, file photo, an MTA cleaning contractor sprays Shockwave RTU disinfectant inside a New York City subway car on the Upper East Side during the coronavirus pandemic in New York.
September 20

Public sector strikes to hit Germany next week over wages

A union representing public sector workers in Germany says it will start staging short-term warning strikes after the latest round of wage negotiations failed to produce an agreement
September 20
The crescent moon sets behind the Commerzbank building in Frankfurt, Germany, late Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 20

Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex fabric, dead at 83

Breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex revolutionized outdoor wear.
September 20
This photo provided by W.L. Gore & Associates shows Robert Gore. Robert W. Gore, whose invention of what created the breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex revolutionized outdoor wear and helped spawn uses in numerous other fields, has died, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. He was 83. (Eric Crossan/W.L. Gore & Associates via AP)
September 20

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

President Donald Trump says he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company
September 20
FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app 'TikTok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. President Donald Trump said Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
September 20

President Trump says he approved TikTok deal with Walmart, Oracle

He had threatened to shut down the China-owned company.
September 20
In this file photo taken on Aug. 27, 2020, the TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on in Culver City, Calif.
September 19

Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikes

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square while protesters in Tel Aviv waved signs on beaches as Israel entered a new lockdown Saturday
September 19
A protester holds up a placard in front of police officers during a "Resist and Act for Freedom" protest against a mandatory coronavirus vaccine, wearing masks, social distancing and a second lockdown, in Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
September 19

Maine blueberry industry reels from drought, frost, virus

A late spring frost, a devastating drought and labor troubles wrought by the coronavirus pandemic conspired to make 2020 a difficult year for the wild blueberry producers who harvest the fruit in the nation’s northeastern corner
September 19
FILE - In this July 27, 2012 file photo, wild blueberries await harvesting in Warren, Maine. The state's wild blueberry crop suffered in 2020 due to drought and a lack of labor caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
September 19

China announces regulations for 'unreliable entity' list

China’s Ministry of Commerce has issued regulations for its unreliable entity list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests
September 19
A delivery man yawns near a national flag in Beijing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. China's Ministry of Commerce on Saturday, Sept. 19 2020 issued regulations for its "unreliable entity" list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 19

China announces regulations for 'unreliable entity' list

China’s Ministry of Commerce has issued regulations for its unreliable entity list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests
September 19
A delivery man yawns near a national flag in Beijing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. China's Ministry of Commerce on Saturday, Sept. 19 2020 issued regulations for its "unreliable entity" list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 19

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

The U.S. Commerce Department said it is prohibiting Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from app stores as of Sunday, citing national security and data privacy concerns
September 19
Un hombre abre la aplicación TikTok en su teléfono el 21 de julio de 2020, en Islamabad, Pakistán. (AP Foto/Anjum Naveed, File)
September 18

USDA plans additional $14B for farmers reeling from virus

The federal government says it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they’ve experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic
September 18
FILE - In this July 11, 2018, file photo, a field of corn grows in front of an old windmill in Pacific Junction, Iowa. The federal government said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, it would give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they've experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File )
September 18

Watchdog: FAA not prepared to update jet evacuation rules

A government watchdog says the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t updated standards for emergency airliner evacuations in nearly two decades
September 18
FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo, shows the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building in Washington. The Transportation Department’s Inspector General said in an audit report published Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that the FAA and hasn't done enough research to evaluate the new risks. In addition, it says the FAA largely only updates standards after accidents and hasn't revised them since a 1991 accident. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 18

US stocks fall as market decline extends for third week

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Friday, as another zig-zag week for markets ends with a third-straight weekly loss for the S&P 500
September 18
A man walks by screens showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, top, and Japan's Nikkei 225 index, second from top, at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Asian shares were slightly higher Friday despite some investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reflected in the overnight fall on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
September 18

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street Friday, as another zig-zag week for markets ends with a third-straight weekly loss for the S&P 500
September 18
September 18

US Steel, Aptiv rise; NatWest Group, Roku fall

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: US Steel, Aptiv rise; NatWest Group, Roku fall
September 18
September 18

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
September 18
September 18

Emergency tents, restrictions back as virus spikes in Madrid

Many residents in Madrid will need a reason to leave their neighborhoods and will face limitations on group gatherings even stricter than the ones in place
September 18
Spanish military tents are set out to be used by hospital patients during the coronavirus outbreak at the Gomez Ulla military hospital in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. A line of green tents have been installed at the gates of a Madrid military hospital four months after similar structures for triaging incoming patients and lighten up crammed emergency wards were taken down. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
September 18

'This is a big moment:' UK virus restrictions escalating

Fresh restrictions on social gatherings in England, potentially involving limits on pub opening hours, appear to be on the cards soon as the British government seeks to suppress a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections
September 18
People queue up outside a coronavirus testing centre offering walk-in appointments in north London, Friday Sept. 18, 2020. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Friday that the country has to “come together” over the coming weeks to get on top of the spike, that he noted is leading to a doubling in the number of people being hospitalized with the virus every seven to eight days. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
September 18

New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in minority areas

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose operations pollute predominantly Black and other minority communities
September 18
FILE- In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during his 2021 budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. Murphy says he and fellow Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to raise income taxes on millionaires, Thursday, Sept. 17, while also giving about 800,000 families a $500 tax rebate.. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray, File)
September 18

Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

A drug company says that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks
September 18
FILE - In this July 6, 2020 file photo, a health care worker administers a COVID-19 test at a site sponsored by Community Heath of South Florida at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Fla. A drug company says on Friday, Sept. 18, that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled minorities. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
September 18

Egyptian, Mexican, Moldovan exit in race for top post at WTO

World Trade Organization member states have trimmed a list of candidates vying to become its next director-general from eight to five by ejecting applicants from Egypt, Mexico and Moldova
September 18
This photo combo shows the candidates for the WTO Director-General selection process at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, pictured from Wednesday to Friday, July 15 - 17, 2020. Top row form left, Abdel Hamid Mamdouh, of Egypt, Amina Mohamed, of Kenya, Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri, of Saudi Arabia, and Yoo Myung-hee, of Korea. Bottom row from left, Liam Fox, of United Kingdom, Tudor Ulianovschi, of Moldova, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,of Nigeria and Jesus Seade Kuri, of Mexico. (Martial Trezzini, Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 18

Australia pays $3.7 M to help news agency though pandemic

The Australian government has announced a $3.7 million grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to regional journalism
September 18
The logo of Australian Associated Press is displayed in its headquarters in Sydney, March 3, 2020. The Australian government has announced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to journalism. (Danny Casey/AAP Image/ via AP)
September 18

Bangladesh economy shows early signs of pandemic recovery

A rebound in garment orders after demand crashed during spring coronavirus shutdowns is helping to revive the Bangladesh economy
September 18
FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, trainees work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. After months of decline in exports of its garment products, Bangladesh’s economy is showing signs of recovery. The Asian Development Bank in a new report said Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, the country's economy's comeback was encouraging and it is expected to grow by 6.8 percent in the current fiscal year ending in June if this recovery sustains. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
September 18

Asia slightly higher despite Wall Street slump, virus fears

Asian shares are slightly higher despite some investor attention shifting again to the uncertainties in global economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, as reflected in the overnight fall on Wall Street
September 18
Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
September 18

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes
September 18
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks during an event with President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 17

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed lower Thursday after another slide in technology companies led a broad sell-off on Wall Street
September 17
September 17

Judge tosses US lawsuit over fire at London's Grenfell Tower

A U.S. judge in Philadelphia has dismissed a lawsuit filed over the 2017 fire at London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people
September 17
A man looks at tributes placed near Grenfell Tower in London, Sunday, June 14, 2020. Britain is marking the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with a virtual church service to remember the 72 people who died in the blaze. Sunday marks three years since a small kitchen fire in the west London public-housing block turned into the worst domestic blaze in the country since World War II. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
September 17

Dave & Buster's, Carnival fall; Sorrento, Herman Miller rise

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday: Dave & Buster’s, Carnival fall; Sorrento, Herman Miller rise
September 17
September 17

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
September 17
September 17

Miami Herald apologizes for 'racist' insert column

The Miami Herald is investigating how it published a paid insert with what it called “racist and anti-Semitic commentary.”
September 17
September 17

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak
September 17
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store in Uniontown, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Americans likely applied for unemployment benefits last week, a high level of job insecurity that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Economists expect that 850,000 people sought jobless aid, down from 884,000 the week before, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 17

Bank of England eyes sub-zero rates in face of virus, Brexit

The Bank of England indicated Thursday that it could cut interest rates below zero for the first time in its 326-year history as it tries to shore up a U.K. economic recovery that is facing the dual headwinds of the coronavirus and Brexit
September 17
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, pedestrians wearing face masks walk past the Bank of England in London. The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.1% on Thursday Sept. 17, 2020, as it waits to see how the economy recovers from recession and what Britain’s future trade relationship with the European Union will be. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
September 17

August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains as home builders mounted a rebound following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April
September 17
Workers toil on a multifamily dwelling Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Winter Park, Colo. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday, Aug. 18, construction of new U.S. homes surged 22.6% last month as homebuilders continued to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
September 17

Shell files offshore drilling plans for Alaska's North Slope

Shell Offshore Inc. has submitted plans to drill for oil in the waters along the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in the coming years
September 17
September 17

860,000 Americans filed jobless claims last week

The latest tally is the lowest since the pandemic began.
September 17
A woman looks at clothes at a clothing store in New York, Sept. 4, 2020.
September 17

Yes, stocks are pricey. But too expensive?

Most everyone along Wall Street agrees that stocks are expensive following their amazing return to records despite the still-raging pandemic
September 17
September 17

Ford to build electric truck plant in Michigan, add 300 jobs

Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck
September 17
FILE- This Feb. 15, 2018, file photo shows a Ford logo on the grill of a 2018 Ford Explorer on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. Ford Motor Co. will offer early retirement incentives with hopes of cutting its U.S. white-collar workforce by 1,400 more positions. President for the Americas Kumar Galhotra told employees about the offers Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
September 17

French unions protest tire factory closure amid virus crisis

Workers are protesting at a Bridgestone tire factory in northern France over the company’s decision to close the plant and lay off its nearly 900 workers
September 17
Bridgestone employees fire flares outside the tire factory of Bethune, northern France, Thursday, Sept.17, 2020. Workers protest over the Japan-based company's decision to close the plant and lay off all its nearly 900 workers. Bridgestone argues the factory is no longer competitive globally, but unions and French politicians accused the company of using the virus-driven economic crisis as a pretext for the closure and not investing in modernizing the plant instead. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
September 17

2 Spanish banks merge amid tough times for financial sector

Two of Spain’s biggest banks are poised to merge and create the country’s largest bank in terms of domestic operations, with assets of more than 600 billion euros ($708 billion)
September 17
September 17

Netflix woos Japan with new original series about a reporter

Netflix is producing and shooting an original series set in Japan.
September 17
This image released on Sept. 7, 2020, by Netflix shows Takayuki Yamada, left, who stars in "The Naked Director," striking a pensive pose with co-star Misato Morita. The key challenge for Netflix in Japan lies with producing attractive original content, featuring directors, actors and writers out of Japan, not just licensing Japanese TV shows and movies. To keep the momentum going, Netflix would love to have more blockbusters in its self-produced lineup like “The Naked Director,” which premiered last year. The second season is now being shot. (Netflix via AP)
September 17

Australia to amend law making Facebook, Google pay for news

The author of proposed Australian laws that would make Facebook and Google pay for journalism says his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants’ concerns, but would remain fundamentally unchanged
September 17
FILE - This combination of file photos shows a Google sign and the Facebook app. Global digital platforms The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Australia, his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants’ concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. (AP Photo/File)
September 17

Coal giant Murray Energy out of bankruptcy under new name

A major U.S. coal mining company has emerged from federal bankruptcy protection under a new name and ownership group
September 17
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, file photo, Robert Murray, then-chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Crandall Canyon Mine, northwest of Huntington, Utah. Murray Energy Holdings’ approved Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan became effective Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The company completed the sale of its assets to an entity formed by former creditors. Murray was replaced as CEO in 2019 by Robert Moore, who will head the new company, Ohio-based American Consolidated Natural Resources Inc. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
September 17

New companies face tough task overcoming pandemic, recession

Among the businesses the coronavirus outbreak has pummeled are an untold number of companies that were on the verge of launching or that were in their early days when the virus hit
September 17
Amy and Cody Morgan pose in their new warehouse, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Cypress, Texas. The couple, who lost their jobs as corporate executives during the coronavirus pandemic, decided to start a pool servicing company, Pit Stop Pools. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 17

Asian stocks retreat on lack of new Fed action

Asian stock markets have retreated after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it will keep interest rates near zero but announced no fresh stimulus plans
September 17
A currency trader works near screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after advances for big technology companies carried Wall Street to further gains overnight. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
September 17

Fed sees rates near zero through 2023, perhaps longer

With the economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic recession, Federal Reserve policymakers signaled Wednesday that their benchmark short-term interest rate will likely remain at zero at least through 2023 and probably even longer
September 17
FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve adjusted its inflation target to seek price increases above 2% annually, a move that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come. The Fed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, also left its benchmark short-term rate unchanged at nearly zero, where it has been since the pandemic intensified in March. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
September 16

Trump not ready to OK TikTok deal, admits US won't get cut

President Donald Trump said he expects to get a report Thursday about Oracle’s bid for the Chinese-owned video app TikTok
September 16
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)