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Senator wants probe of Hawaii FAA office after 3 crashes

JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and TOM KRISHER

January 31, 2020

HONOLULU (AP) — A whistleblower has told a Senate committee that a manager in the Federal Aviation Administration's Hawaii field office improperly let a helicopter tour company owner certify pilots for flight on behalf of the agency.The owner then approved a pilot, who was at the controls 10 days ...

The shunned: People from virus-hit city tracked, quarantined

DAKE KANG

January 31, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Meron Mei, a sophomore at Wuhan University in the Chinese city at the heart of a viral outbreak, went back to his home village and started to cough.So he went to the hospital and got checked. Doctors determined it was a common cold, not the new coronavirus, he says, and he returned home....

Atari plans to open video game-themed resorts in 8 US cities

January 31, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Atari, the arcade game company that ushered in the gaming revolution in the 1980s, is opening eight video game-themed hotels across the United States, including ones in Las Vegas and Phoenix.The company said this week it will break ground on its first hotel later this year in Phoenix as it ...

Europe evacuates citizens from China, Russia shuts border

BARRY HATTON

January 30, 2020

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European countries stepped up efforts Thursday to contain the virus sweeping through central China, sending a chartered airliner there to evacuate hundreds of European citizens, scrapping more commercial flights to Chinese destinations and keeping some 7,000 people on a cruise...

Low-cost fashion brand H&M sees full-year sales up by 11%

January 30, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB says its net sales have increased by 11% to 232.7 billion kronor ($24.2 billion) last year “in an ever-changing fashion industry.”The Stockholm-based group says its full year gross profit increased by 9% to 33.3 million kronor ($3...

McDonald’s wraps up tumultuous year on a strong note

DEE-ANN DURBIN

January 29, 2020

McDonald's wrapped up a tumultuous year on a high note after the company's CEO was ousted in November.The burger giant said Wednesday it surpassed $100 billion in annual sales for the first time, and notched its highest same-store sales in more than a decade, with growth in all of its global regions.Eve...

Unite Here labor union staying neutral in Democratic primary

MICHELLE L. PRICE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI

January 28, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The international union representing hotel and casino workers said Tuesday that it will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, casting doubt as to whether its influential Nevada local will follow suit ahead of the state’s caucuses.A statement from Unite Here...

China virus outbreak rams global tourism, costing billions

ELAINE KURTENBACH and ALEXANDRA OLSON

January 28, 2020

Businesses around the world that have grown increasingly reliant on big-spending tourists from China are taking a heavy hit, with tens of millions of Chinese residents restricted from leaving their country as the coronavirus spreads.Hotels, airlines, casinos and cruise operators were among the industr...

News of Bolton book sends jolt through impeachment trial

ZEKE MILLER

January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — A single paper copy in a nondescript envelope arrived at the White House on Dec. 30. Four weeks later, news of John Bolton’s book manuscript about his time as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has exploded into public view, sending a jolt through the president’s ...

Connecticut tribe takes issue with schools’ Indian names

MICHAEL MELIA

January 27, 2020

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — For decades the Montville High School athletic teams have competed as the “Indians” with the blessing of the Mohegans, the Native American tribe that traces its local history back centuries and today operates one of the world’s biggest casinos.Then last week, the Mohegan Tribe...

German privacy watchdog investigates clothing retailer H&M

January 27, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — A German privacy watchdog says it has opened an investigation into clothing retailer H&M amid evidence that the Swedish retailer had committed “massive data protection breaches” by spying on its customer service representatives in Germany.Hamburg's data protection commissioner...