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Questions on reopening New York's economy baffle businesses

Carolyn Thompson and Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:24am

Some upstate New York business owners who made plans to reopen Friday as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis remained close amid last-minute confusion over whether their region indeed had the OK to move forward.

Virus could lead more states to OK sports, online betting

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:12am

The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a quicker expansion of sports betting and internet gambling in the U.S. as states deal with huge budget deficits and look for new tax revenue wherever they can find it.

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:12am

Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.

State administrator issues ruling allowing Missouri’s last abortion clinic to keep license, stay open

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 10:10am

State administrator issues ruling allowing Missouri’s last abortion clinic to keep license, stay open.

Weinstein raped me in 1994 at age 17, woman says in lawsuit

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:56am

A woman who says Harvey Weinstein raped her when she was 17 is among four plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against the imprisoned movie mogul, the latest court action accusing him of decades of vile sexual behavior.

Locust invasion wreaks havoc on Pakistan's crops, orchards

Asim Tanveer and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:54am

An invasion of locusts has spread across Pakistan, officials said Friday, causing damage to crops and orchards and posing a threat to food security in an impoverished Islamic nation already struggling to tackle a virus pandemic that has caused more than 1,300 deaths.

AP Interview: French minister confident in virus tracing app

Sylvie Corbet and Masha MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 9:35am

As France is easing most virus-related restrictions next week, the French government is confident its contact-tracing app will be effective in the process to contain the spread of the pandemic, despite skepticism and worries about privacy.

Hong Kong on borrowed time as China pushes for more control

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 7:00am

Hong Kong has been living on borrowed time ever since the British made it a colony nearly 180 years ago, and all the more so after Beijing took control in 1997 and granted it autonomous status.

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:45am

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

US consumer spending plunged by a record 13.6% in April as job cuts from virus paralyzed economy

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:33am

US consumer spending plunged by a record 13.6% in April as job cuts from virus paralyzed economy.

Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 6:04am

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized to CNN, saying he takes total responsibility for the arrest of one of the network's crews Friday as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

EU says conditions needed in Lufthansa bailout, seeks deal

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 5:41am

The EU competition chief said Friday that she is not “creating extra hurdles" for Lufthansa after the airline balked at accepting a 9 billion-euro German government rescue package because of what it said were tough EU conditions.

Bosnia: Officials, firm owner arrested over ventilator deal

Amer Cohadzic, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 5:11am

Bosnian authorities have arrested two high-ranking state officials and the owner of a private company which imported 100 ventilators from China that were found to be useless for COVID-19 patients.

Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 4:23am

You may need a face mask to see the Mona Lisa. You will have your temperature taken at the Colosseum in Rome. And to see views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower might require taking the stairs.

Roam close to home: Europe's tourists play safe in pandemic

Frank Jordans and Kerstin Sopke, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 3:49am

Many a journey to far-flung corners of Europe starts in a dusty industrial yard in east Berlin, where Felix Rascher carefully tends to his small fleet of Volkswagen camper vans, a favorite among free-spirited travelers the world over.

Twitter adds 'glorifying violence' warning to Trump tweet

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 2:50am

Twitter has added a warning to one of President Donald Trump's tweets about protests in Minneapolis, saying it violated the platform's rules about “glorifying violence."

French carmaker Renault to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:51am

French carmaker Renault said Friday it will cut 15,000 jobs worldwide as part of a 2 billion-euro ($2.2 billion) cost-cutting plan, as a brutal drop in industry sales during the pandemic worsened the company's pre-existing problems.

Europe's social welfare net shows signs of wear from virus

Angela Charlton, Colleen Barry and Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:50am

Europe's extensive social welfare net was showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus, as protests erupted Friday for a second day in Spain against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy's chief central banker warned that “uncertainty is rife.”

Hello and welcome: Robot waiters to the rescue amid virus

Aleksandar Furtula and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted May 29th - 12:23am

You can always count on a robot for perfect timing.