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11 big and not-so-big names granted clemency by Trump

By The Associated Press | February 18, 2020

Some were big names who grabbed national headlines while others were lesser known but also faced serious charges and prison. A look at who was granted clemency Tuesday by President Donald Trump and an overview of their criminal cases:PARDONSEdward DeBartolo,...

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

By YANAN WANG | February 18, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to...

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela

By BEN FOX | February 18, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro to keep his grip on power in...

HSBC cuts headcount by 35,000 in deep overhaul

By DANICA KIRKA and ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, will shed some 35,000 jobs as part of an overhaul to focus on faster-growing markets in Asia and as it tries to cope with a slew of global uncertainties, from Brexit to the trade wars to the new coronavirus.The...

Shares take hit as virus outbreak slams profits, events

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets slipped Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target this quarter and China moving to postpone or cancel major events, including the...

Nissan shareholders furious at Ghosn scandal, dismal results

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 18, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan shareholders vented their outrage at the Japanese automaker's top management Tuesday for crashing stock prices, zero dividends and quarterly losses after the scandal-ridden departure of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.They got up, one...

Shares fall in Asia as virus outbreak hits profits, events

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | February 18, 2020

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in Asia on Tuesday as the impact from the virus outbreak that began in China deepened, with Apple saying it would fail to meet its profit target and China moving to postpone or cancel major events including the Beijing...

Pot shops turn to highway sponsor signs amid strict ad rules

February 16, 2020

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado's strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs.Currently, 51 cannabis dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers and edible...

Political corruption trial of big N Carolina donor to start

By GARY D. ROBERTSON | February 15, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company magnate and two associates go on trial this week on charges they conspired to bribe an elected North Carolina regulator with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of his businesses would ease.U.S. District...

Trump’s $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans

By BRADY McCOMBS and ELLEN KNICKMEYER | February 14, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country's nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including outside...

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

By 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....

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

By 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...