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Stock market today: Wall Street slips as S&P 500 heads for its worst week since April

Jul. 19, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Friday, as businesses around the world scramble to contain the effects of a disruptive technology outage. The S&P 500 was 0.6% lower in afternoon trading, a day after a widespread wipeout dragged down much of the market, and it's on...

Stories on athletes and lifechanging Olympic finishes that altered the course of their careers

Jul. 19, 2024 07:42 AM EDT

(Editor's note: Fractions of a second or a slight misstep during the Olympics can alter the career, the legacy or the earning potential of athletes. Several athletes, including Michael Phelps, Edwin Moses and Simone Manuel talked with The Associated Press about some of those lifechanging finishes.)...

The winner in China's panda diplomacy: the pandas themselves

Jul. 18, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's panda diplomacy may have one true winner: the pandas themselves. Decades after Beijing began working with zoos in the U.S. and Europe to protect the species, the number of giant pandas in the wild has risen to 1,900, up from about 1,100 in the 1980s, and...

Even with restrictive rules, swimsuit wars heat up in an Olympic year

Jul. 18, 2024 06:07 AM EDT

The iconic LZR Racer, the swimsuit that Michael Phelps wore while winning eight golds medals at the Beijing Olympics, is still revered around Speedo's design center. It serves as a reminder of just how much a suit can push a swimmer to greater heights. “In so many...

Communist Party meeting ends with vows to promote 'Chinese-style' modernization and protect national security

Jul. 18, 2024 05:07 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Communist Party meeting ends with vows to promote 'Chinese-style' modernization and protect national security.

Stock market today: Asian shares mostly fall as dive for Big Tech stocks hits Wall St rally

Jul. 18, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday, with Tokyo’s benchmark dipping more than 2%, after Wall Street’s record-breaking rally slammed into a wall of worries over potentially worsening trade tensions with China. By early afternoon, Japan's Nikkei 225 index was...

Trump says Taiwan should pay more for defense and dodges questions if he would defend the island

Jul. 17, 2024 19:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump demanded the self-governed island of Taiwan pay for U.S. protection, dodged the question of whether he would defend the island from Beijing's military action and accused the island of taking the computer chip industry away from the United States. ...

China's Communist Party charts technology- and security-focused development for reviving the economy

Jul. 17, 2024 07:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In a year of major elections that will determine the destinies of many countries, China’s ruling Communist Party is holding closed, top-level meetings in Beijing to set strategies for reviving its slowing economy. State media likened the meetings that end Thursday...

Stock market today: Asian stocks are mixed after Dow sets a new record

Jul. 16, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday as investors grappled with the weak economic data from China and waited to see the outcome of a top Communist Party policy meeting in Beijing. U.S. futures rose while oil prices fell. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.6% to...

China, Russia start joint naval drills, days after NATO allies called Beijing a Ukraine war enabler

Jul. 15, 2024 02:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China and Russia's naval forces on Sunday kicked off a joint exercise at a military port in southern China on Sunday, official news agency Xinhua reported, days after NATO allies called Beijing a “decisive enabler” of the war in Ukraine. The Chinese defense...