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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, various Grammy Awards are displayed at the Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The academy, which puts on the 62nd Grammys on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, says nominees are selected from a list of contenders who are voted into the top 20 in each category. But some people view the voting process as less than transparent, since the choice of finalists happens behind closed doors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Doubts loom over nominating process for Grammy Awards

Jan. 24, 2020 5:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Questions have loomed for years around the nominations process for the Grammy Awards, but the doubts reached a new level this week after the Recording Academy's just-ousted CEO claimed the show is rigged and full of conflicts of interest. The academy, which puts on the 62nd Grammys on...

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, the U.S. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security flags fly in Karnes City, Texas.  The Trump administration pledged Friday to step up efforts against the vast amounts of counterfeit clothing, medicine and other goods that have flooded into the U.S. with the rise in e-commerce. The move was announced Friday by Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.    (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

US says e-commerce firms need to do more about fake goods

Jan. 24, 2020 5:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — E-commerce has unleashed an increasing torrent of fake merchandise upon the world and private companies and the U.S. government must do more to address the problem, Trump administration officials said Friday as they released a plan aimed at cracking down on counterfeit goods. An...

Police: 2 dead after warehouse explosion shakes Houston

Jan. 24, 2020 5:35 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A massive explosion Friday leveled a warehouse in Houston, leaving at least two people dead, damaging nearby buildings and homes and rousing frightened residents from their sleep miles away, authorities said. The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. inside a building at Watson Grinding and...

Intel, Broadcom rise; Harsco, American Airlines fall

Jan. 24, 2020 5:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially on Friday: Intel Corp., up $5.15 to $68.47 The world's largest chipmaker blew past Wall Street's fourth-quarter earnings expectations and gave an upbeat profit forecast. Atlassian Corp., up $14.15 to $146.79 The software company handily beat...

File - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, McGregor Scott, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, looks over a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 displayed in Sacramento, Calif., that was among the vehicles seized by the federal government to be auctioned off. The cars belonged to owners of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company that have pleaded guilty for participating in what federal prosecutors called a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion. Jeff and Paulette Carpoff entered pleas Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, involving the scam that could result in up to 30 years in prison for him, and up to 15 years in prison for her. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California couple pleads guilty to plotting $1B Ponzi scheme

Jan. 24, 2020 5:06 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The owners of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Friday to charges that they plotted a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion. As part of their plea deal, prosecutors said the husband and wife team from Martinez agreed to forfeit...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo specialist Brian Giannettino works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks fall as fears about deadly virus grow; Dow drops 170

Jan. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EST

Health care companies led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Friday as increased fears over the spread of a deadly outbreak of coronavirus rattled markets. The S&P 500 had its worst day since early October and snapped a two-week winning streak. The sell-off followed news that a Chicago woman has become the second...

This undated photo provided by Garrett Hade shows shows Hade at Recovery Fest hosted by Above The Noise Foundation event.  Hade, said he has been sober for nearly five years after a long odyssey through addiction that began with OxyContin when he was a teenager in Florida.  As an organizer with the Recovery Advocacy Project, Hade said he's telling people that they'll be able to make claims against Purdue Pharma. (Garrett Hade via AP)

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 PM EST

State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June...

In this picture taken Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, a Christ statue overlooks El Alto, a city adjoining the capital city La Paz, Bolivia. Ancestral indigenous practices became more visible during the presidency of Evo Morales, who recognized the Andean earth deity Pachamama. While Bolivians are divided on former President Morales' legacy, the interim President Jeanine AƱez wants to make the Bible front and center in public life. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bolivia religious debate: The Bible vs Andean earth deity

Jan. 24, 2020 3:56 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hoisting a large leather Bible above her head, Bolivia’s new interim president delivered an emphatic message hours after Evo Morales fled under pressure, the end of a nearly 14-year presidency that celebrated the country’s indigenous religious beliefs like never before....

In this March 5, 2015 photo, Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa's richest woman, attends the opening of an art exhibition featuring works from the collection of her husband and art collector Sindika Dokolo in Porto, Portugal. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Angola's foreign minister Manuel Augusto said that there is no political motivation behind the government's demand for more than $1 billion from dos Santos, her husband and a Portuguese business partner. Isabel dos Santos is a daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil- and diamond-rich nation for 38 years until 2017. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

Amid scandal, 'Africa's richest woman' sells European assets

Jan. 24, 2020 11:03 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The billionaire daughter of a former African leader is shedding some of her investments in Europe after she came under official investigation for alleged money-laundering and corruption. Isabel dos Santos has invested heavily in recent years in Portugal, the former colonial ruler...

People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Shares are mostly higher in quiet trading as China closes down for its week-long Lunar New Year festival. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Stocks rise as virus in China not declared global emergency

Jan. 24, 2020 7:25 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Global stock markets rose Friday after the outbreak of a new virus in China that that has killed 25 people and led to transport limits in several cities was not declared a global emergency. Germany's DAX gained 1.4% to 13,577 while the CAC 40 in Paris rose 1.1% to 6,038, helped also by a...