As European Central Bank meets, eyes turn to policy review
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank will meet Thursday and, with monetary policy on hold for the moment, investors are waiting to hear more about President Christine Lagarde's plans for a full review that could include tweaking the target for inflation and supporting projects to limit global warming.
Asian shares reverse gains on growing impact of China virus
BANGKOK (AP) — World shares fell back Thursday as health authorities around the world rushed to monitor and contain a deadly virus outbreak in China and keep it from spreading globally.
Switzerland mints world's smallest gold coin
BERLIN (AP) — No joke: Switzerland has minted a gold coin so small you'd need to look very closely to see Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue at you.
Trump's rollback of US water protections nears completion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands.
Downtown Tokyo's homeless fear removal ahead of Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Shelters made of cardboard start popping up in the basement of Tokyo's Shinjuku train station right before the shutters come down at 11 p.m., in corridors where “salarymen” rushing home and couples on late-night dates have just passed by.
Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For three years running, California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, though, that hasn't spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change.
New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes
The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge.
Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom, two U.N.
IBM, Express rise; Netflix, Baker Hughes fall
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Wednesday: Netflix Inc., down $12.11 at $326. The streaming video company gave investors a weak forecast for subscriber growth.
Boeing's new CEO sees 737 Max production resuming in spring
Boeing's new CEO said Wednesday that production of the 737 Max will resume this spring, months before the company expects federal regulators to certify the grounded plane to fly again.
Tesla passes $100 billion, teeing up big payout for Musk
DETROIT (AP) — The meteoric rise of Tesla shares that recently pushed the company's value over $100 billion could turn into a supercharged payday for CEO Elon Musk.
Key events leading to statement on Jeff Bezos phone hack
Experts at the United Nations said Wednesday that the phone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was likely hacked through a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
'Africa's richest woman' now a formal suspect in graft probe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's reputed richest woman is a formal suspect in an investigation into mismanagement and the siphoning off of funds during her time with Angola's state-run oil company, the country's attorney general announced Wednesday.
Sale ending soon? How online stores trick you into buying
NEW YORK (AP) — Sale ending soon! Only two left! This is a hot item! If you’ve shopped online, you’ve probably seen those messages.
US-French tax truce a respite in tense relations with EU
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — France will delay its tax on big tech firms like Google and Facebook in exchange for the United States's promise to hold off retaliatory tariffs — a potential sign of goodwill in the U.S.
China virus outbreak may wallop economy, financial markets
BANGKOK (AP) — News that a new virus that has afflicted hundreds of people in central China can spread between humans has rattled financial markets and raised concern it might wallop the economy just as it might be regaining momentum.
New Jersey law now requires severance pay for mass layoffs
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has become the first state to guarantee severance pay for mass layoffs, according to the bill's sponsors and the governor's office.
Judge orders Microsoft to release tax records in IRS dispute
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge says it's likely that Microsoft was trying to avoid or evade paying U.S. taxes and is ordering the company to hand over financial documents from more than a decade ago.
Hand sanitizers, flu shots _ businesses' defense against flu
NEW YORK (AP) — As this winter's flu outbreak intensifies, small business owners try to keep their companies from being overwhelmed by employee absences.
US home sales soared 3.6% in December
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales climbed 3.6% in December, but a record-low inventory of houses on the market has caused prices to surge as affordability is worsening.
Air bag woes force Honda, Toyota to recall 6M vehicles
DETROIT (AP) — Two different air bag glitches have forced Toyota and Honda to recall over 6 million vehicles worldwide, and both problems present different dangers to motorists.
WWII-era ammunition found at Tesla factory site near Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory.
UK lays out tough child data privacy rules
LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator.
Facing humiliating controls, Lebanese focus fury on banks
BEIRUT (AP) — Before picking up cash from a downtown bank in Lebanon's capital, Mey Al Sayegh mentally braces herself for what would have been a routine trip before the country's crippling cash crunch.
GM's Cruise heads down new road with new robotaxi concept
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company will attempt to deliver on its long-running promise to provide a more environmentally friendly ride-hailing service in an unorthodox vehicle designed to eliminate the need for human operators to transport people around crowded cities.