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Utah sends employees to Mexico for lower prescription prices

LINDSAY WHITEHURST

February 9, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ann Lovell had never owned a passport before last year. Now, the 62-year-old teacher is a frequent flier, traveling every few months to Tijuana, Mexico, to buy medication for rheumatoid arthritis — with tickets paid for by the state of Utah’s public insurer.Lovell is one of about ...

China scrambles to keep cities in virus lockdown fed

JOE McDONALD

February 8, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The manager of the Wushang Mart in Wuhan, the locked-down city at the heart of China’s virus outbreak, says its shelves are loaded with 50% more vegetables and other food than usual to reassure jittery customers.Communist leaders are trying to keep food flowing to crowded Chinese ci...

Economic impact of virus widens as Ericsson exits trade show

The Associated Press

February 7, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — More than a month after the outbreak of China's deadly virus, the economic damage is being felt by more businesses and is threatening the outlook for the global economy.In a report Friday, the Federal Reserve warned that the virus represents an international risk.“The recent emergen...

Sports betting bill stumbles from starting gate in Kentucky

BRUCE SCHREINER

February 7, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the starting gate.A bill to allow wagering on sports other than horse racing has exposed tensions among Republicans who control th...

Green tea party? State licenses Boston’s 1st marijuana shop

PHILIP MARCELO

February 6, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s first retail pot shop and Massachusetts’ first minority-owned marijuana business was approved Thursday, more than a year after the first shops opened elsewhere in the state.The state’s Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday voted to give final license approval to Pure O...

Global stocks surge after Trump acquitted, China virus aid

JOE McDONALD

February 6, 2020

Global stocks rose Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial and China cut tariffs on U.S. imports and provided aid to businesses reeling from a virus outbreak.European markets were up modestly, while Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul rose more than 2%. Wall Street future...

Unknowns of the new virus make global quarantines a struggle

KIM TONG-HYUNG

February 5, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health authorities are scrambling to halt the spread of a new virus that has killed hundreds in China, restricting visitors from the country and confining thousands on cruise ships for extensive screening after some passengers tested positive. But with important details abo...

Asian shares up on China efforts despite virus worries

YURI KAGEYAMA

February 4, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday on optimism that China's latest actions may help curtail some of the expected economic damage from the virus outbreak.Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 1.1% to 23,330.11 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.3% to 6,967.20. South Korea's ...

Hyundai halts Korea output as China outbreak fallout spreads

PAUL WISEMAN and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) —Hyundai Motors is suspending production in South Korea, a sign that the economic fallout from China's viral outbreak is spreading.For other companies bracing for losses from coronavirus, the damage has so far been delayed, thanks to a stroke of timing: The outbreak hit just when Chinese fa...

Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

KEN MORITSUGU

February 4, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong hospitals cut services as thousands of medical workers went on strike for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely. The new virus caused its first death in the semi-autonomous territory, adding to growing fears it is spreading locally.A...

Virus blocks 3 Chinese brands from Milan Fashion Week

COLLEEN BARRY

February 4, 2020

MILAN (AP) —Italian fashion officials on Tuesday forecast a nearly 2% drop in first-half revenues due to the virus emerging from China, which also is preventing three Chinese fashion houses from traveling to Milan Fashion Week later this month.Chinese consumers are the biggest luxury spenders in the ...

China virus death toll rises to 425, total cases now 20,438

KEN MORITSUGU

February 3, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said Tuesday.The new figures come after the country opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and...