Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, with the Shanghai benchmark jumping nearly 2% after China’s central bank cut interest rates to help ease credit for companies stricken by the virus outbreak centered on the city of Wuhan. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225

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New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

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A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Thursday in Beijing: — Mainland China: 2,118 deaths among 74,576 cases, mostly in the central pr

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

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 From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party’s urgent quest to defeat Pr

Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

Passengers begin leaving after ship’s virus quarantine ends

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About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine’s flop was underlined a

China turns to the Internet for nourishment supplies in the midst of infection fears

China turns to the Internet for nourishment supplies in the midst of infection fears

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Wang Feng, house-bound by China’s infection episode, tallies on the parka-clad conveyance drivers of e-commerce monster JD.com to keep her kitchen stocked. Demand for online nourishment merchants has surged since China’s

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Barr warns against Chinese ‘dominance’ in wireless networks

Barr warns against Chinese ‘dominance’ in wireless networks

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WASHINGTON  — Attorney General William Barr waded into ongoing diplomatic tensions between the United States and China on Thursday, decrying what he said was Beijing’s determination to establish “dominance” in the market of next-generation, high-speed wireless networks. Barr spok

Transportation, IT heads in NC governor’s Cabinet changing

Transportation, IT heads in NC governor’s Cabinet changing

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s transportation secretary is leaving the job at the end of the month, and another Cabinet member has been picked to succeed him, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday. Cooper named Eric Boyette, the current secretary of the Department of Information Technology, to r

Iowa disaster prompts Nevada Dems to drop caucus tech plan

Iowa disaster prompts Nevada Dems to drop caucus tech plan

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LAS VEGAS  — Reacting to tech troubles in Iowa, Nevada Democrats scrapped plans to use similar technology at their caucuses in less than three weeks, as early primary voting states sought to reassure the public that they could pull off smooth elections. Officials in South Carolina and New Hampshir

Facebook fights spread of misinformation about virus online

Facebook fights spread of misinformation about virus online

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Facebook says it’s working to limit the spread of misinformation and potentially harmful content about the coronavirus as bogus claims about the ongoing outbreak circulate online. Kang-Xing Jin, Facebook’s head of health, 

Label: Rapper Pop Smoke slain in Hollywood Hills shooting

Label: Rapper Pop Smoke slain in Hollywood Hills shooting

Pop Smoke, a rising Brooklyn rapper who had a breakout year of hit songs and albums that made some of the biggest names in hip-hop his fans and collaborators, was fatally shot during a break-in Wednesday at a Hollywood Hills home, his label said. “We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of

Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held now

Virologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held now

 A respected Japanese virologist on Wednesday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China. “We need to find the best way to have a safe Olympics,” Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said, speaking at the Foreign

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates expected to follow. “Now is just the right time,” said Pat Houst

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Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, with the Shanghai benchmark jumping nearly 2% after China’s central bank cut interest rates to help ease credit for companies stricken by the virus outbreak centered on the city of Wuhan. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225

Focus turns to Latino authors amid ‘American Dirt’ debate

Focus turns to Latino authors amid ‘American Dirt’ debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Oprah Winfrey endorsed the novel “American Dirt” for her book club last month, many Latinos took to social media to decry the selection for its stereotypes and caricatures. The novel about a Mexican mother and her young son fleeing to the U.S. border had been praise

Largest Nevada casinos report $2 billion gain in fiscal 2019

Largest Nevada casinos report $2 billion gain in fiscal 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev.  — Nevada’s largest casinos reaped more than $2 billion from gambling, food and beverage sales, room rentals and other factors during the 2019 fiscal year, state regulators reported Friday. The Nevada Gaming Control Board annual “gaming abstract” looked at finan

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New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Thursday i

9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

9 killed in suspected far-right attack in Germany

 A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said Thursday. The gunman first attacked a hookah bar in central Hanau at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, killing several peop

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

 From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party’s urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump.

Largest Nevada casinos report $2 billion gain in fiscal 2019

Largest Nevada casinos report $2 billion gain in fiscal 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev.  — Nevada’s largest casinos reaped more than $2 billion from gambling, food and beverage sales, room rentals and other factors during the 2019 fiscal year, state regulators reported Friday. The Nevada Gaming Control Board annual “gaming abstract” looked at finan

Asian stock markets retreat after surge on China tariff cut

Asian stock markets retreat after surge on China tariff cut

Asian stock markets retreated Friday following a surge after China announced a tariff cut on U.S. imports. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney all declined. Major Asian markets jumped more than 2% on Thursday after Beijing said it will cut duties on $75 billion of U.S. goods as

Disconnect? Stocks rise despite fears over virus from China

Disconnect? Stocks rise despite fears over virus from China

NEW YORK  — The virus outbreak out of China has exposed a seeming disconnect between the financial markets and science. Health experts don’t know how far the virus will spread and how bad the crisis will get, yet stocks are rallying as if investors are expecting no more than a modest hit to