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The Latest: Protesters hound Buttigieg on minimum wage

February 24, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local):2:55 p.m.Pete Buttigieg has been hounded by protesters during a march with McDonald’s workers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are striking for a $15 minimum...

Skeptic of world being round dies in California rocket crash

February 24, 2020

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) — A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth.“Mad" Mike Hughes was killed on...

Berlin starts controversial rent freeze on 1.5 million homes

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | February 23, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is freezing the rents of 1.5 million apartments for the next five years starting this Sunday in a controversial move to control the exploding costs that have forced many to move outside Germany's capital city.Berlin is the first...

Sanders’ ‘summer camp’ in Vermont becomes fodder in debate

By LISA RATHKE | February 20, 2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Can a socialist own a summer house?That's the question unabashed capitalist billionaire Mike Bloomberg — who himself owns about a dozen homes — posed as he tried to brand Sen. Bernie Sanders a hypocrite in Wednesday night's...

Utah man found in freezer exonerated wife of death with note

February 19, 2020

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A Utah man whose body was found in a freezer exonerated his wife by leaving a typed, notarized note saying she bore no responsibility in his death.The note left by Paul Edward Mathers cleared the late Jeanne Souron-Mathers, although...

Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new virus spreads

By CARLA K. JOHNSON | February 16, 2020

On his return from China last week, Dr. Ian Lipkin quarantined himself in his basement. His wife now puts his food on the stairs. He’s run out of things to watch on Netflix. At odd hours, he walks in New York's Central Park, keeping 10 feet away from...

2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg’s rise

By WILL WEISSERT and ALAN FRAM | February 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hoping to revive their flagging campaigns increasingly took aim at Mike Bloomberg, blasting their billionaire rival for trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment...

Bloomberg once blamed end of ‘redlining’ for 2008 collapse

By BRIAN SLODYSKO | February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as “redlining” was responsible for instigating the meltdown.“It all started back...

Steyer’s wife moves to S. Carolina for rest of 2020 campaign

By MEG KINNARD | February 11, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Illustrating the focus Tom Steyer's presidential campaign is putting on South Carolina, the Democrat's wife has stepped down from her banking job and relocated to the state for the rest of her husband's 2020 bid.Kat Taylor is renting...

Man, 19, gravely injured in Los Angeles high-rise fire dies

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER | February 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 19-year-old French citizen who was gravely injured when flames tore through a high-rise apartment tower this week died Friday evening at a hospital, authorities said.The Fire Department announced the death but provided no details.The...

‘I thought I was going to die.’ Tenants flee high-rise fire

By BRIAN MELLEY and STEFANIE DAZIO | January 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters made a dramatic ladder rescue of a man who appeared about to jump from a burning Los Angeles apartment building on Wednesday and helicopters plucked people from the roof of the 25-story high-rise as other terrified residents...

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...