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2 hours ago

Rural California county hums back to life, defying order

The lights are back on at restaurants, bars and other businesses in California's Modoc County after nearly six weeks
2 hours ago
Gerry Gates, owner of Gates Gallery and Trading Post on Main Street stands at the front door of his shop on Friday, May 1, 2020, in Alturas, Calif. Gates' gallery opened Friday for first time in seven weeks. With no cases of coronavirus among 9,000 residents in the far northeastern part of the state and plenty of land to spread out on, county officials moved to reopen Friday after what they said was careful planning and with stringent limits — businesses could only have half the patrons and customers must stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
3 hours ago

Socked by virus, comic book industry tries to draw next page

The comic book shop has long been a wall-to-wall repository for tales of world-threatening cataclysms and doomsday dystopias but it has never before been drawn into a fight for survival like the coronavirus pandemic
3 hours ago
In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Joe Feld, owner of Flying Color Comics, loads comics into plastic bags for curbside delivery outside his shop in Concord, Calif. The biggest day of the year for comics retailers in America is May 2, Free Comic Book Day, which Feld created. There will be no such day this May, and no comics to populate it after the main distributor stopped shipping product. Will the industry that fuels millions of collectors' superhero dreams and provides fodder for Hollywood's biggest blockbusters be dealt a powerful death blow by the effects of the coronavirus? (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 01

Anheuser-Busch wins latest round of beer wars against Molson

A federal appeals court has struck down a lower court’s ruling in favor of brewing giant Molson Coors, determining that Anheuser-Busch can advertise and use packaging implying that its rival beers contain corn syrup
May 01
May 01

AP PHOTOS: Global May Day celebrations muted amid lockdowns

Trapped between fear of an invisible enemy and looming economic ruin and hunger, millions of workers worldwide have marked international labor day
May 01
An activist holds up the Spanish sign "Stop the layoffs" during a protest marking May Day, or International Workers' Day, amid a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, May 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
May 01

Smithfield pork plant will reopen Monday: Union

Some big meatpacking plants may soon be reopening
May 01
FILE - This April 8, 2020 file photo, shows the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. The union representing employees at the South Dakota pork processing plant says it will partially reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020, after shuttering more than two weeks ago because of a coronavirus outbreak that infected hundreds of employees. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves File)
May 01

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Friday, giving up their gains for the week, after Amazon and other big companies laid out how the coronavirus pandemic is hitting their bottom lines
May 01
May 01

Stocks slide as Amazon, other companies detail virus fallout

Stocks ended lower on Wall Street Friday, giving up their gains for the week, after Amazon and other big companies laid out how the coronavirus pandemic is hitting their bottom lines
May 01
A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 1, 2020. Shares have dropped in Asia after Wall Street ended its best month in 33 years with losses on fresh news of economic carnage from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 01

Amazon, Exxon Mobil fall; Clorox, Moderna rise

Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Friday: Amazon, Exxon Mobil fall; Clorox, Moderna rise
May 01
May 01

Some of the pandemic's biggest unknowns center around the economy

A professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a former adviser to President Obama discuss what the future might hold.
May 01
VIDEO: Some of the pandemic's biggest unknowns center around the economy
May 01

California county defies governor's virus shutdown order

A rural California county is defying Gov. Gavin Newsom's coronavirus shutdown order and has become the state's first county to let nonessential businesses reopen
May 01
A surfer rides a wave as the sun goes down Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif. The beach is one of the beaches kept open during the coronavirus outbreak. While some communities in Orange County have closed beaches, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach refused to limit access. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
May 01

How a Massachusetts entrepreneur pivoted her small business to survive the pandemic

Wicked Rustic Workshops owner Laura Lanzi discusses how she pivoted her wood-painting classes into "The confetti project," making at-home DIY kits for kids.
May 01
VIDEO: How a New Jersey entrepreneur pivoted her small business to survive the pandemic
May 01

Estimated 57 million Americans job vulnerable under COVID-19: Report

Hispanic and black people are more likely to hold vulnerable jobs.
May 01
A man walks past an empty luxury shop in the tourist district of Waikiki as many businesses have temporarily closed across Hawaii due to the coronavirus disease, in Honolulu, April 28, 2020.
May 01

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

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

Back to work, owners make changes so workers feel safe

As small and midsize businesses rehire laid-off employees and get back to work, owners are making substantial changes to their operations to protect staffers from the coronavirus
May 01
FILE - In this April 22, 2020 file photo, Brad Schweig looks over paperwork after unloading products as he prepare his family owned retail store Sunnyland Outdoor Living for a limited re-opening in Dallas. As small and midsize businesses rehire laid-off employees and get back to work, owners are making substantial changes to their operations to protect staffers from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
May 01

Cleaners risk health to work during pandemic, then lose jobs

Many cleaners of businesses in the New York area have lost their jobs because buildings have shut or because they refuse to work after getting coronavirus symptoms while on the job
May 01
In this Monday, April 27, 2020 photo, Lissette Serrano makes her bed while doing her daily chores at home in Bridgeport, Conn., after being let go from her job as a cleaner at a rest stop on the Merritt Parkway in Orange, Conn. Many cleaners of business in the metropolitan New York area have lost their jobs because buildings have shut or because they refuse to work after getting coronavirus symptoms while on the job. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 01

PG&E to purge most of its board in fallout from bankruptcy

PG&E will sweep out three-fourths of its board of directors in an attempt to start with a mostly clean slate after the nation’s largest utility emerges from bankruptcy
May 01
FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric sign is on the exterior of a PG&E building in San Francisco. California regulators are being advised to approve Pacific Gas & Electric's plan for getting out of bankruptcy with new controls designed to prevent a recurrence of the utility's past bad behavior that has resulted in deadly wildfires, infuriating blackouts and high electricity rates. If approved, a proposed decision issued Monday, April 20, 2020, by Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen will enable PG&E to clear another key hurdle in its frantic race to end one of the most complex bankruptcy cases in U.S. history by June 30. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
May 01

Immigrants, hard hit by economic fallout, adapt to new jobs

From doing manicures to delivering groceries
May 01
In this April 7, 2020, photo provided by Maribel Torres, Maribel Torres sews face masks masks to be used for protection against the coronavirus at her home in the Staten Island borough of New York. Torres used to clean apartments but tenants stopped calling her when the pandemic started. Now, with support from La Colmena, a non-profit that helps day laborers, she is sewing masks from home and selling some of them. (Pablo Evangelista/Torres Family Photo via AP)
May 01

Women, minorities shoulder front-line work during pandemic

As America tentatively emerges from weeks of lockdowns, it is becoming clear that the pandemic has taken its toll on workers who have been on the front lines all along
May 01
May 01

US construction spending increases 0.9% in March

U.S. construction spending edged up 0.9% in March as building activity escaped the early impacts of the coronavirus shutdowns
May 01
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, workers erect a building under construction in Philadelphia. U.S. construction spending edged up 0.9% in March 2020 as building activity escaped the early impacts of the coronavirus shutdowns. The Commerce Department said that the increase followed a 2.5% drop in spending in February.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
May 01

Boeing says it won't seek government aid; an odd May Day

Boeing says that because it raised $25 billion from a sale of bonds it doesn’t plan to ask the federal government for a loan
May 01
A humanoid robot Pepper wearing a face mask greets Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike at the lobby of a hotel for the new coronavirus COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms during a media preview in Tokyo Friday, May 1, 2020. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he planned to extend a state of emergency beyond the scheduled end of May 6 because infections are spreading and hospitals are overburdened. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 01

Exxon profits drop as most of world stays home, forgoes fuel

Profits fell at Exxon Mobil during the first quarter as the global pandemic began to erode oil demand
May 01
FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, the logo for ExxonMobil appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Profits fell at Exxon Mobil, Friday, May 1, 2020, during the first quarter as the global pandemic began to erode oil demand. The Irving, Texas oil giant lost $610 million in the first quarter, down 126% from the same time last year.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 01

Captive neighbors seek relief from Amazon construction noise

For residents of a northern Virginia neighborhood where Amazon is building a new headquarters, the loudest construction work is occurring at the worst possible time
May 01
Construction is halted due to rain on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in Arlington, Va. For residents of the northern Virginia neighborhood where Amazon is building a new headquarters, the loudest construction work is occurring at the worst possible time. The relentless bang and clang of piledriving work has been going for several weeks, all while residents are forced to endure the noise as they endure stay-at-home orders due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
May 01

Healthy pigs being killed as meatpacking backlog hits farms

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to force the closure of meatpacking plants across the country, hog farmers have had to respond quickly to a rapidly growing backlog of animals in their barns by killing and disposing of pigs
May 01
FILE - This April 18, 2020, file photo, shows the JBS USA Pork Plant in Worthington, Minn. Officials estimate that about 700,000 pigs across the nation can't be processed each week and must euthanized. Most of the hogs are being killed at farms, but up to 13,000 a day also may be euthanized at the JBS pork plant in Worthington. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
May 01

House panel wants Bezos to testify in antitrust probe

House lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech are asking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify to address possible misleading statements by the company on its competition practices
May 01
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
May 01

With virus, US higher education may face existential moment

The impact of the coronavirus has thrown the U.S. higher education system into a state of turmoil
May 01
This February 2020 photo provided by Jamie Bolker shows MacMurray College's Henry Pfeiffer Library in the snow at sunset in Jacksonville, Ill. While the school’s financial troubles were a long time in the making _ fueled by declining enrollment, an inadequate endowment and competition _ MacMurray spokesman James Prescott said the unlikely prospect of securing funding during or after the economically crippling COVID-19 pandemic helped seal the school’s fate. (Jamie Bolker via AP)
May 01

US Steel expects to lay off 2,700 as virus reduces demand

One of the nation’s biggest steelmakers expects to lay off roughly 2,700 employees as the demand for iron and steel drops during the coronavirus pandemic
May 01
May 01

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

 Around the world, millions of workers are marking international labor day trapped between hunger and fear
May 01
A humanoid robot Pepper wearing a face mask greets Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike at the lobby of a hotel for the new coronavirus COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms during a media preview in Tokyo Friday, May 1, 2020. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday he planned to extend a state of emergency beyond the scheduled end of May 6 because infections are spreading and hospitals are overburdened. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 01

Out-of-work trainers hope gyms can make gains after pandemic

Nearly two months into statewide pandemic restrictions, some New York City trainers and aerobic instructors say they worry the industry won’t be the same when gyms can reopen
May 01
Fitness instructor Tamara Jackson teaches a fitness class through Zoom, an online meeting platform, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in New York. Nearly two months into statewide pandemic restrictions, some New York City trainers and aerobic instructors say they worry the industry won’t be the same when gyms can reopen. Gyms and health clubs employ tens of thousands of New Yorkers who are part of the state’s $3 billion fitness industry. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 01

May Day marks pain, not celebration for workers hit by virus

May Day usually brings rallies and celebrations rallies marking international Labor Day
May 01
In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, photo, a street vendor waits for customers outside a shop closed due to the new coronavirus outbreak at Pasar Baru Shopping Center that is popular for its textiles products in Jakarta, Indonesia. May Day usually brings both protest rallies and celebrations rallies marking international Labor Day. This year it's a bitter reminder of how much has been lost for the millions left idle or thrown out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Garment workers in Asia are among the hardest hit as orders dry up and shutdowns leave factories shuttered. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
May 01

Virus worries haunt workers demanding rights on May Day

Millions of workers worldwide are marking international labor day trapped between hunger and fear because of the virus pandemic, either with no job at all or a job without enough health protections
May 01
Doctors attend a patient inside the intensive care unit for people infected with the new coronavirus, in a public hospital in Lima, Peru, Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
May 01

Chevron turns a profit but warns of pain ahead

Chevron turned a profit in the first quarter
May 01
FILE - This Oct. 8, 2019, file photo the logo for Chevron appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Chevron turned a profit in the first quarter. But the company warned, Friday, May 1, 2020, its financial picture is likely to be depressed in the future because of reduced demand caused by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 01

Bangladesh factories resume work, risking new virus cases

Bangladesh has reopened hundreds of its garment factories this week after nearly one month of closures to fight the coronavirus pandemic
May 01
FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, trainees work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is gradually reopening its hundreds of garment factories after nearly one month of closure following a government decision for a nationwide lockdown amid concern that coronavirus could spread widely among the industry’s millions of workers, an industry leader said Tuesday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)
May 01

Unemployment checks are late — and May's bills may be, too

Many people are trying to figure out how to pay rent without unemployment.
May 01
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a sign in front of the U.S. Department of Labor amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 29, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
May 01

China-Australia rift deepens over calls for virus inquiry

China’s warning of trade repercussions from Australia’s campaign for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus has rattled Australian business leaders as President Donald Trump’s administration urges other governments to back such a probe
May 01
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, May 1, 2020. Morrison stands firm on his call for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus and denied any motivation other than to prevent such a pandemic happening again. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
May 01

Work safety strike, virus lockdown protest set for May Day

Essential workers will strike nationwide on May Day to demand safer conditions during the coronavirus outbreak, while other groups plan rallies against tight stay-at-home orders they say are crippling the U.S. economy
May 01
FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in the Staten Island borough of New York protest conditions in the company's warehouse. Essential workers will strike nationwide on May Day to demand safer conditions during the coronavirus outbreak, while other groups plan rallies against tight stay-at-home orders they say are crippling the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
May 01

Pelosi: States, cities seek $1T to avoid layoffs from virus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says state and local governments are seeking up to $1 trillion for coronavirus costs
May 01
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. adjusts her face mask during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 01

Asian shares fall after Wall St slips on grim economic news

Shares have dropped in Asia after Wall Street ended its best month in 33 years with losses on fresh news of economic carnage from the coronavirus pandemic
May 01
A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, April 30, 2020. Asian shares advanced on Thursday, riding a wave of optimism about a possible treatment for the coronavirus that set off a rally on Wall Street powerful enough to override data showing the U.S. economy had logged its worst quarterly performance since 2009. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 01

Workers must risk infection or losing unemployment payments

Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments
May 01
Hairstylist Lacey Ward poses for a photo at the Grey House Salon she co-owns, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, April 30, 2020. Ward is worried that reopening the salon could force her into a position that puts her, her husband and their two young sons at risk. She said she filed for unemployment in mid-March but is still waiting for the first payment, forcing her to drain her family's savings and increasing the pressure she feels to return to work. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
April 30

Virus outbreak pressures company profits, sales

American Airlines and United Airlines have reported a staggering combined loss of $4 billion for the first quarter, when the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in air travel
April 30
A woman sits with his soon in a boulevard in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 30, 2020, as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
April 30

Amazon profit falls as pandemic-related costs rise

Amazon’s sales soared in the first three months of the year, as more home-bound people shopped online amid the coronavirus pandemic
April 30
A person wearing a mask jogs past an Amazon Go store, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in downtown Seattle. Amazon.com is expected to announce earnings for the first quarter of 2020 at the close of markets Thursday, a report that is expected to be closely watched due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the company. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 30

Apple pinched by pandemic; profit, iPhone sales decline

Apple’s profit dipped slightly while revenues rose in the January-March quarter, reflecting early fallout from a coronavirus pandemic that shut down its factories and then forced hundreds of Apple retail stores to close
April 30
FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, an Apple logo adorns the facade of the downtown Brooklyn Apple store in New York. Apple’s new iPad brings PC-like trackpad capabilities for the first time, as the company seeks to make its tablet even more like a laptop computer. Apple says the trackpad will offer more precision than fingers in selecting text and switching between apps. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
April 30

Airline nosedive: American, United post huge pandemic losses

American Airlines and United Airlines between them lost nearly $4 billion in the first quarter, as the new coronavirus triggered a steep drop in air travel
April 30
FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, American Airlines planes stored at Pittsburgh International Airport sit idle on a closed taxiway in Imperial, Pa. American Airlines reported a staggering loss of $2.24 billion for the first quarter, when the coronavirus pandemic triggered a sharp drop in air travel. The airline's revenue fell 19% while costs continued to rise even as the virus spread. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 30

NASA goes private for 1st astronaut lunar landers in decades

NASA is turning to private industry for the first lunar landers for astronauts in a half-century
April 30
This illustration made available by NASA in April 2020 depicts Artemis astronauts on the Moon. On Thursday, April 30, 2020, NASA announced the three companies that will develop, build and fly lunar landers, with the goal of returning astronauts to the moon by 2024. The companies are SpaceX, led by Elon Musk; Blue Origin, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; and Dynetics, a Huntsville, Ala., subsidiary of Leidos. (NASA via AP)
April 30

Visa 2Q profits up 3.6%, helped by more spending on network

Visa says its fiscal second-quarter profits increased 3.6% from a year earlier, helped by growth in payments being processed over the company’s namesake network
April 30
FILE - This Aug. 11, 2019, file photo shows a Visa logo on a credit card in New Orleans. Visa said Thursday, April 30, 2020, that its fiscal second-quarter profits increased 3.6% from a year earlier, helped by growth in payments being processed over the company's namesake network. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
April 30

Pandemic brings fortunes to Amazon - and headaches too

Amazon has spent years honing the business of packing, shipping and delivering millions of products to doorsteps around the world
April 30
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Amazon packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Amazon will report quarterly earnings on Thursday, APril 30, 2020, providing a first glimpse into its financial performance during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
April 30

Boeing cuts compound virus's threat to Seattle-area economy

In normal times, news that Boeing is cutting 10 percent of its workforce would be dire in the Seattle area
April 30
A masked worker walks in view of a 737 jet at a Boeing airplane manufacturing plant Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Renton, Wash. Boeing says it will cut about 10% of its work force and slow production of planes as it deals with the ongoing grounding of its best-selling plane and the coronavirus pandemic. With air travel falling sharply because of the virus, airlines have delayed orders and deliveries of new planes, reducing Boeing's revenue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
April 30

New jobless hope seeds of tourism can be resown in Big Apple

The hordes of travelers who pack into New York City’s Times Square are long gone
April 30
In this Friday, April 24, 2020, actress and part-time tour guide Megan Marod walks through the Hamilton Grange Historic site in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of New York. Since those early days of the city’s coronavirus outbreak, out-of-towners have become scarce. In just one late February day, Marod lost income from cancellations by student groups that typically flood the city in the early spring — her most lucrative months. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 30

Pork producer says it needs flexibility on virus guidelines

The world’s largest pork producer has told a judge in Missouri that it's working as quickly as it can to comply with federal guidelines that seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus
April 30
This Monday, April 20, 2020 photo, shows the Tyson Fresh Meats beef processing complex in Dakota City, Neb. Tyson announced in a news release Thursday, April 30, 2020, that it would close the Dakota City plant Friday through Monday to perform a deep cleaning of the facility. State health officials have reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases in the county where the plant is located and the county where Sioux City is located. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)
April 30

Consolidated flights leave planes full and passengers uneasy

JetBlue requires passengers to wear face makes during flights, and Frontier Airlines says it will too, but face coverings are strictly optional on most airlines
April 30
April 30

ConocoPhillips slashes Alaska production amid glut, pandemic

ConocoPhillips Alaska announced it will cut production on the North Slope by 100,000 barrels a day, or nearly half its total output, for the month of June, but no layoffs are anticipated
April 30
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