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Mastercard SpendingPulse: November holiday sales up 5.1%

Retail sales rose 5.1% in November, as spending on home furnishings and electronics helped offset a drop in sales of clothing and at department stores
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Phishing ploy targets COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

IBM security researchers say they have detected a cyberespionage effort that used targeted phishing emails to try to collect vital information associated with a U.N. initiative for distributing coronavirus vaccine to developing countries
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World shares mixed amid growing hopes for vaccines, stimulus

European shares have opened lower and U.S. futures also weakened after a day of gains on most Asian markets
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December 03

Asian shares advance on optimism over vaccines, stimulus

Shares are mostly higher in Asia, helped by progress toward rolling out coronavirus vaccines and talk of reaching a compromise on new help for the U.S. economy
December 03
December 02

Australian leader seeks conciliation in dispute with China

A diplomatic war of words between Australia and China over a graphic tweet seems to finally cool as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison struck a much more conciliatory tone
December 02
December 02

Asian shares inch higher on optimism over vaccines, stimulus

Shares are mostly higher in Asia, helped by progress toward rolling out coronavirus vaccines and talk of reaching a compromise on new help for the U.S. economy
December 02
A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Asian markets are mixed after the U.S. benchmark S&P 500 set another record. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
December 02

Pasadena bucks Los Angeles County to offer alfresco dining

The city of Pasadena has kept outdoor dining open despite Los Angeles County restricting restaurants to takeout to reduce the spread of the coronavirus
December 02
Customers are served lunch at an outdoor seating space Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Pasadena has become an island in the center of the nation's most populous county, where a surge of COVID-19 cases last week led to a three-week end to outdoor dining and California's first stay-home order since the pandemic began to spread across the state in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 02

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to move headquarters to Texas

Tech giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise said it is moving its global headquarters to the Houston area from California
December 02
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, Hewlett Packard Enterprise President & CEO Antonio Neri, right, rings the New York Stock Exchange opening bell. Tech giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise said it is moving its global headquarters to the Houston area from California. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, that the relocation will increase the company’s presence in the area, which is already home to more than 2,600 employees. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 02

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

The head of the United Nations is calling on countries to end what he calls a war on nature and instead embrace a future without carbon pollution triggering global warming
December 02
December 02

Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

President-elect Joe Biden has swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort
December 02
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 02

Waiting for passengers, American puts Boeing Max in the air

American Airlines is taking members of the media on a Boeing 737 Max as it tries to convince travelers that the plane is safe
December 02
American Airlines pilots captain Pet Gamble, left, and first officer John Konstanzer chat in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max jet before taking off from Dallas Fort Worth airport in Grapevine, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. American Airlines took its long-grounded Boeing 737 Max jets out of storage, updating key flight-control software, and flying the planes in preparation for the first flights with paying passengers later this month. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
December 02

Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

Britain has become the first country in the world to authorize a rigorously tested COVID-19 vaccine and could be dispensing shots within days
December 02
People wait for a Foot Locker store to open as non-essential shops are allowed to reopen after England's second lockdown ended at midnight, on Oxford Street, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science, and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
December 02

Fed reports slowing US economic activity due to virus surge

A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country has found that economic activity in several regions slowed in November as coronavirus cases surged
December 02
FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, file photo, customers browse while shopping for books at the Strand Bookstore, an independent family owned bookstore founded in 1927 in New York. A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions around the country found that economic activity in several regions was slowing in November as coronavirus cases surged. The report, released Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, and known as the beige book, will be used by Fed officials when they hold their last meeting of the year on Dec. 15-16 to discuss possible changes to the central bank's interest-rate policies.. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 02

Biden: I won't immediately lift China tariffs

President-elect Joe Biden has issued a dire warning about the spread of the coronavirus over the next two months, predicting as many as 250,000 deaths
December 02
President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens at left, during an event to introduce their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 02

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks closed with modest gains Wednesday, nudging the S&P 500 index to an all-time high for the second day in a row
December 02
December 02

Pasadena bucks Los Angeles County to offer alfresco dining

The city of Pasadena has kept outdoor dining open despite Los Angeles County restricting restaurants to takeout to reduce the spread of the coronavirus
December 02
Customers are served lunch at an outdoor seating space Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Pasadena has become an island in the center of the nation's most populous county, where a surge of COVID-19 cases last week led to a three-week end to outdoor dining and California's first stay-home order since the pandemic began to spread across the state in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 02

Salesforce, JetBlue fall; Patterson, NetApp rise

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Wednesday: Salesforce, JetBlue fall; Patterson, NetApp rise
December 02
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

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

News that British regulators have granted emergency authorization to the first rigorously tested coronavirus vaccine marked a turning point in the global effort curb the pandemic
December 02
File -- In this Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 file photo windows are illuminated at the headquarters of the German biotechnology company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
December 02

Putin orders 'large-scale' COVID-19 vaccination in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “large-scale” COVID-19 immunization campaign to start by late next week
December 02
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced start of large-scale vaccination of medics and teachers against COVID next week. Speaking during an online meeting dedicated to inauguration of new hospitals for coronavirus patients built by Russian Defense Ministry, Putin said Russia has enough capacity to start "large-scale" vaccination of teachers and doctors. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 02

Washington state to boost workers' comp rates for Amazon

A labor agency in Washington state has announced that it will increase workers’ compensation rates for Amazon fulfillment centers, deeming them more hazardous than other types of warehouses
December 02
December 02

San Francisco bans smoking inside apartments; pot smoking OK

San Francisco has banned all tobacco smoking inside apartments, citing concerns about secondhand smoke
December 02
FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, Jacky Chan takes a vaping break from his job at a smoke shop in San Francisco. City officials in San Francisco have voted to ban all tobacco smoking inside apartments, citing concerns about secondhand smoke. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, to approve the ordinance making San Francisco the largest city in the country to ban tobacco smoking inside apartments, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Supervisors voted to exclude marijuana after cannabis activists said the law would take away their only legal place to smoke. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado, File)
December 02

Federal Reserve survey of US economy finds activity slowing in some parts of country as virus cases surge

Federal Reserve survey of US economy finds activity slowing in some parts of country as virus cases surge
December 02
December 02

Businesses implore climate action from new administration

42 companies signed a letter urging the U.S. to re-enter the Paris Agreement.
December 02
In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, a person takes in the view from the Embarcadero as smoke from various wildfires burning across Northern California mixes with the marine layer, blanketing San Francisco in darkness and an orange glow.
December 02

Woman who fled business fraud sentencing seeks early release

An Ohio woman who fled the U.S. ahead of her sentencing in one of the country's biggest corporate fraud cases is asking for early release from prison
December 02
December 02

Salesforce to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion amid remote work boom

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called it a "match made in heaven."
December 02
The Salesforce logo is seen at its headquarters on Dec. 1, 2020 in San Francisco.
December 02

Massed Brazilian bank robbers attack another city, kill 1

It comes just one day after criminals struck another mid-sized city.
December 02
Military police officers carry a bag filled with money left behind by armed bank robbers, in Criciuma, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Dozens of criminals armed with assault rifles invaded the city in southern Brazil overnight and took control of the streets as they assaulted a local bank. (Guilherme Hahn/Futura Press via AP)
December 02

Austria to allow Christmas skiing but many restrictions stay

Austrian officials say they will allow skiing to start on Dec. 24, but will limit the capacity of ski lifts and keep restaurants, bars and hotels largely closed until early January
December 02
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wears a face mask as he arrives behind plexiglass shields for a press conference at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
December 02

Austria to allow Christmas skiing but many restrictions stay

Austrian officials say they will allow skiing to start on Dec. 24, but will limit the capacity of ski lifts and keep restaurants, bars and hotels largely closed until early January
December 02
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wears a face mask as he arrives behind plexiglass shields for a press conference at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
December 02
December 02

Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3%

Australia has reported its economy grew by 3.3% in the third quarter as it rebounded from its first recession in nearly 30 years, according to new figures
December 02
December 01

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 sets fresh record high

Shares are mixed in Asia after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite index both set fresh record highs
December 01
In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader Neil Catania works on the trading floor, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. U.S. stocks rose broadly in morning trading Tuesday, sending the S&P 500 toward another record high, as investors focus on the possibility that coronavirus vaccines could soon help usher in a fuller global economic recovery. (Colin Ziemer/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
December 01

Judge throws out Trump rules limiting skilled-worker visas

A U.S. judge in California has struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers
December 01
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, a U.S. judge in California struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 01

Salesforce to buy work chat service Slack for $27.7 billion

Business software pioneer Salesforce
December 01
FILE - In this May 16, 2019, file photo, Salesforce chairman Marc Benioff speaks during a news conference, in Indianapolis. In a deal announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, business software pioneer Salesforce.com is buying work-chatting service Slack for $27.7 billion in a deal aimed at giving the two companies a better shot at competing against longtime industry powerhouse Microsoft. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
December 01

Unveiling economic team, Biden pledges, 'Help is on the way'

President-elect Joe Biden has introduced top advisers he says will help his administration rebuild an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic
December 01
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo, former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with Fox Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name several of his most senior economic advisers in the coming days. Yellen could be one of those named. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 01

How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, a day after the S&P 500 closed out November with its biggest monthly gain since April
December 01
December 01

Kohl's, Micron Technology rise; Zoom, Peloton fall

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Tuesday: Kohl’s, Micron Technology rise; Zoom, Peloton fall
December 01
December 01

Senate GOP leader says he's revising his COVID relief plan

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says he’s revising his scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill with the goal of passing a significant downpayment during the lame-duck session and then revisiting the topic next year
December 01
December 01

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
December 01
December 01

Nasdaq seeks mandatory board diversity for listed companies

Nasdaq is pushing for the more than 3,000 companies listed on its U.S. stock exchange to make their boardrooms less male and white
December 01
FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of the company's Nasdaq IPO in New York. Federal regulators are requiring Zoom to strengthen its security in a proposed settlement of allegations that the video conferencing service misled users about its level of security for meetings. The settlement was announced Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, by the Federal Trade Commission. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 01

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor
December 01
An American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 01

The Latest: Biden inaugural committee limits donors to $500K

The committee raising money for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will take contributions from individual donors of as much as $500,000 and from corporations of as much as $1 million
December 01
Janet Yellen, who has been is nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, arrives for an event with Biden at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 01

FDA chief called to White House as Trump pushes for vaccine

The head of the agency responsible for approving any COVID-19 vaccine has been summoned to the White House as an increasingly frustrated President Donald Trump complains approval isn't coming faster
December 01
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2020, file photo Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Hahn, the head of the agency responsible for approving any COVID-19 vaccine, was summoned to the White House Tuesday, Dec. 1, as an increasingly frustrated President Donald Trump complained that approval hasn't moved faster. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 01

Airbnb hopes to raise up to $2.6B in mid-December IPO

Airbnb hopes to raise as much as $2.6 billion in its initial public stock offering this month, betting investors will see its home-sharing model as the future of travel
December 01
FILE - This Feb. 22, 2018, file photo shows an Airbnb logo during an event in San Francisco. Airbnb was losing money even before the pandemic struck and cut its revenue by almost a third, the home-sharing company revealed in documents filed Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, ahead of a planned initial public offering of its stock. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 01

Mnuchin defends shut down of Fed emergency loan programs

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is defending his decision to close down a number of emergency Federal Reserve loan programs at a time when coronavirus cases are surging
December 01
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on 'The Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress' on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
December 01

Amazon says independent sellers brought in $4.8 billion over Black Friday weekend

This past weekend marked a new holiday shopping record for the e-commerce giant.
December 01
Staff label and package items in an Amazon fulfillment center, as the online shopping giant gears up for the Christmas rush and Black Friday sales.
December 01

BioNTech, Pfizer ask Europe to OK vaccine for emergency use

The EU drug agency says it may need another four weeks to decide whether to grant its first approval for a coronavirus vaccine, even as authorities in the United States and Britain continued to aim for a green light before Christmas
December 01
Syringes are seen in front of the displayed logos of BioNTech and Pfizer in this illustration taken on Nov. 10, 2020.
December 01

Nonessential shops reopen in Belgium as virus numbers drop

Nonessential shops in Belgium reopened Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining daily coronavirus infection rates and hospital admissions
December 01
People, wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, walk past a display windows of a shopping mall in a commercial street in downtown Brussels, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Non-essential shops in Belgium are reopening on Tuesday in the wake of encouraging figures about declining infection rates and hospital admissions because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 01

Event organizer drops BookExpo, annual publishing convention

The annual publishing convention and trade show may be coming to an end
December 01
FILE - In this May 28, 2015 file photo, signs for Hachette Book Group are displayed at BookExpo America in New York. The annual publishing convention and trade show, a decades-old tradition, may be coming to an end. ReedPop, which has managed BookExpo for a quarter century, announced Tuesday that it was dropping the event, along with the fan-based BookCon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 01

US construction spending jumps 1.3% in October

U.S. construction spending jumped 1.3% in October, again on the strength of single-family home building
December 01
A construction worker walks down a staircase in the scaffolding of TSX Broadway under construction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in New York's, Times Square. The 46-story mixed-use property will house 75,000 square feet of retail space, a 4,000-square-foot performance venue including an outdoor stage, an outdoor food and beverage terrace and a luxury hotel. U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, the fourth straight monthly gain after a coronavirus-caused spring swoon. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)