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World markets tumble as fears over virus outbreak spread

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | January 30, 2020

Shares tumbled in Europe and Asia on Thursday as the impact of the virus outbreak in China expanded to include flight cancellations and other wider precautions to help stop its spread.Taiwan's benchmark dived 5.8% as its market reopened after the Lunar...

For 1st time in 4 years, US life expectancy rises — a little

By MIKE STOBBE | January 29, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years.The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug...

Asian markets tumble as fears over virus outbreak spread

By ELAINE KURTENBACH | January 29, 2020

Shares tumbled in Asia on Thursday as concern over the impact of the virus outbreak in China deepened.Taiwan's benchmark dived 5.3% as its market reopened after the Lunar New Year. Japan's Nikkei 225 index sank 1.9% to 22,935.20, while Hong Kong's Hang...

More airlines drop flights to China as virus spreads


BANGKOK (AP) — British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus intensifies.The coronavirus has now infected more people in China than...

The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

January 29, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China:10 a.m.The rival Koreas have agreed to suspend operations at their liaison office in North Korea until the new virus outbreak comes under control.South Korea’s Unification Ministry...

Health experts: Human-to-human spread of new virus worrying

By KEN MORITSUGU | January 29, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — World health officials expressed “great concern” Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is starting to spread between people outside of China, a troubling development as China and the world frantically work to contain the outbreak....

Famed Welsh singer Bryn Terfel breaks ankle in three places

January 29, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Bryn Terfel broke an ankle in three places and will have surgery this week, causing him to cancel what would have been his first performances at the Metropolitan Opera since 2012.The 54-year-old Welsh bass-baritone had been scheduled...

Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

By AMY TAXIN and MARK THIESSEN | January 29, 2020

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The 195 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the new virus outbreak are undergoing three days of testing and monitoring at a California military base to ensure they do not show signs of the illness, officials...

Trump celebrates major rewrite of North American trade rules

By KEVIN FREKING and PAUL WISEMAN | January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico, celebrating the fulfillment of one of his top campaign promises while declining to share the moment with Democratic lawmakers...

Europe steps up China virus fight, aims to repatriate 600

By ANGELA CHARLTON | January 29, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Europe stepped up efforts Wednesday to counter a spreading virus from China that has killed more than 130 people.Airlines have canceled flights to the Chinese mainland, while businesses have told employees to work from home and EU nations...

McDonald’s wraps up tumultuous year on a strong note

By 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...

German government defends coal phase-out against critics

January 29, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — The German government approved a bill Wednesday that will codify the country's closure of coal-fired power stations, defending the plan against critics who say it's not ambitious enough.After signing off on the bill in Cabinet, Economy...