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Nev. union support for Sanders shows limits of labor warning

MICHELLE L. PRICE

February 23, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Members of Nevada’s most politically powerful labor group were warned by union leaders that Bernie Sanders’ plan would doom their prized health care, but they voted for him anyway.The casino workers of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 are powerful enough in Nevada Democratic ...

Uber resumes operating in Colombia after three-week hiatus

MANUEL RUEDA

February 20, 2020

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uber restarted operations in Colombia on Thursday after shutting down its app for almost three weeks.In a statement, the platform said it had found “new alternatives” to work legally in the South American country.Uber said that from now on, its app will help users enter ...

Settlement approved in discrimination suit against Motel 6

JACQUES BILLEAUD

February 19, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has given final approval to a $10 million settlement in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that alleged Motel 6 employees in Phoenix shared the whereabouts and private information of guests with immigration authorities who later arrested some of them.U.S. District Judge D...

France steps up investigation around Ghosn, Omani dealership

February 19, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are turning up the heat on disgraced car industry executive Carlos Ghosn, opening a judicial inquiry into alleged money laundering, fraud and misuse of company assets during his time at the helm of the Renault-Nissan alliance.The prosecutor's office in the Paris subu...

China turns to internet for food supplies amid virus fears

JOE McDONALD

February 18, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Wang Feng, house-bound by China’s virus outbreak, counts on the parka-clad delivery drivers of e-commerce giant JD.com to keep her kitchen stocked.Demand for online food vendors has surged since China’s government told the public to stay home as part of the most sweeping anti-diseas...

Misguided virus fears hitting Asian American businesses

ALEXANDRA OLSON and TERRY TANG

February 18, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — In Arizona, a burgeoning Asian American community fields xenophobic calls about a planned night market featuring Asian street foods. In New York, a dim sum restaurant owner worries he won't make rent. In the San Francisco Bay Area, a local Asian American-owned restaurant chain is mul...

Virus fears rise after Cambodia’s acceptance of cruise ship

SOPHENG CHEANG, EILEEN NG, and GRANT PECK

February 17, 2020

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading a new disease took an unfortunate turn after a passenger later tested positive for the virus.News over the weekend that an 83-year-old American wo...

Facebook’s influencers nod shows murky side of campaign ads

BARBARA ORTUTAY and AMANDA SEITZ

February 14, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's green light for political campaigns to pay prominent social media users to spread their messages is highlighting the difficulties around setting rules for the fast-changing world of online political campaigning.The company's rule change comes days after Democratic pre...

US stocks post small gains, major indexes up for the week

ALEX VEIGA

February 14, 2020

Wall Street closed out a wobbly day of trading Friday with the major stock indexes notching their second straight weekly gain.The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out tiny gains, good enough to nudge each to an all-time high for the fourth time this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended with a sligh...

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog is launching a nationwide probe into how marketers may be getting seniors’ personal Medicare information aided by apparent misuse of a government system, officials said Friday.The audit will be formally announced next week said Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman ...

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

YANAN WANG

February 14, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door.The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of the chef who made it.Moka Bros, a health food eater...

Place your bet: New NBA All-Star format could attract action

BRIAN MAHONEY

February 13, 2020

While some basketball purists are skeptical about this year's new format for the NBA All-Star Game, the changes have curiosity brewing within the betting industry.This year the league's annual showcase is essentially multiple games within the game, which might entice more fans to get in on the action...