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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco.   Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together. Airbnb, which just weeks ago was planning for a bombshell initial public offering, is reportedly shedding millions of dollars and facing harsh blowback from hosts who relied on its platform for income.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Virus outbreak delivers tech darlings a harsh reality check

Apr. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together. Since the beginning of March, for instance, Uber shares have lost a quarter of their value. Rival Lyft is down 28 percent. Over the same...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns in New York. Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak. The figures collectively constitute the largest and...

Taxi driver Nicolae Hent cleans and disinfects his cab before starting work in New York, April 6, 2020. A taxi driver's job was already tougher in recent years with the arrival of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The empty streets during the coronavirus pandemic have made things more difficult. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Docs, nurses give taxi driver rare fares during pandemic

Apr. 9, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicolae Hent often would begin his day at JFK Airport, where he could clean his taxi while awaiting what might be a $70 fare before driving into Manhattan. No reason to go to the airport now. Nor does he see any point in heading to Manhattan earlier, instead. “No one wakes up before...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Phoenix airport can raise fees for Uber and Lyft to pick up and drop off customers. The ride-hailing companies have threatened to stop serving the airport over the $4 pickup and drop-off fees. The court on Thursday, April 2, 2020 rejected a complaint filed by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who said the fee hikes are

Arizona justices uphold Phoenix airport's Uber, Lyft fees

Apr. 2, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's high court on Thursday upheld a $4 pickup and drop-off fee that led Uber and Lyft to threaten to stop serving the Phoenix airport, one of the busiest in the nation. The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by the state's attorney general who said the fees were...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020 file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles.  More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

Apr. 2, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Combined with last week's report that 3.3 million people sought...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns in New York. A record-high number of people applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs engulfed the United States in the face of a near-total economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The surge in weekly applications for benefits far exceeded the previous record set in 1982.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Congress' relief bill would vastly expand unemployment aid

Mar. 26, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With record-high numbers of Americans seeking unemployment benefits after losing their jobs because of the coronavirus, Congress is set to significantly enhance the program. The $2.2 trillion rescue package nearing final approval will, for four months, add $600 a week to standard...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 23, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

The Dallas Morning News. March 20, 2020 Texas’ county leaders haven’t stepped up strongly enough against coronavirus. That has to change Use authority to enforce CDC and local health authority guidelines to ensure regional response. There was an inescapable absurdity in the fact that, until...

Georgia Senate wants flat tax for ride hailing, taxis, limos

Mar. 4, 2020 3:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A flat 50-cent tax could soon be waiting outside for Georgians looking to hail a ride. The Georgia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that combines two seemingly unrelated matters: a 50-cent tax on all rides from ride-hailing services, taxis and limousines and a state income tax exemption on...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein smiles at a news conference where he announced he was switching party registration from Republican to Democratic in Sacramento, Calif. California voters are picking through 101 legislative contests Tuesday, from a battle between two Democratic dynasties to nasty infighting among outnumbered Republicans. The top two vote-getters will move on to the November general election, regardless of party affiliation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Dynasties, infighting mark California legislative battles

Mar. 4, 2020 2:54 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — California voters picked through 101 legislative contests Tuesday, from a battle between two Democratic dynasties to nasty infighting among outnumbered Republicans. The top two vote-getters will move on to the November general election, regardless of party affiliation. The...

In this Feb. 26, 2020, photo, author and historian Ana Pacheco stands near the sculpture of Dennis O'Leary, who created his own tombstone, in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The author of several books about New Mexico history, Pacheco’s latest effort is “New Mexico Death Rituals,” published in late-2019 by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Santa Fe Lyft driver pens book on New Mexico death rituals

Mar. 3, 2020 11:06 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — If you ever take the ride-hailing services Lyft or Uber in Santa Fe, count yourself lucky if Ana Pacheco is your driver. The former city historian gives two-hour tours that cost $200. But if Pacheco’s your Lyft driver, you can get a mini history of Santa Fe for the cost of your...