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Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 squeaks to new record high

Oct. 21, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

Asian shares were mixed Friday after a late-in-the-day wave of buying pushed the S&P 500 to a fresh record high. Benchmarks rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Sydney and Shanghai. An official newspaper, the Securities Times, said China...

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Oct. 21, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways on Friday brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year. Vaccinated Australian permanent residents and...

Trump plan for new media venture gets investors' thumbs up

Oct. 21, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some investors aren’t waiting to see if former President Donald Trump’s plans for a media company to challenge the likes of Facebook, Twitter and even Disney can actually become reality — they’re all in. Trump said Wednesday that he’s launching...

California officials prepare to vaccinate children age 5-11

Oct. 21, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Public health departments across California are gearing up to administer coronavirus vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 in the coming weeks and officials say they are planning "family-friendly" events — including at schools — to persuade parents and guardians to get...

Facebook says it will pay French publishers for news content

Oct. 21, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Facebook said Thursday that it has struck a deal with a group of French publishers to pay for links to their news stories that are shared by people on the social network. The company says it inked the licensing agreement with the Alliance de la Presse...

Trump announces launch of media company, social media site

Oct. 21, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's launching a new media company with its own social media platform. Trump says his goal in...

Maryland congressman says he prescribes ivermectin for COVID

Oct. 20, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland congressman who is a practicing anesthesiologist said on a radio show that he prescribed a medication typically used to treat parasites in livestock and humans as a treatment for COVID-19. Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who represents...

Auditor: Iowa's privatized Medicaid illegally denies care

Oct. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's privatized Medicaid system has illegally denied services or care to program recipients, and both private insurance companies managing the system have violated terms of their contracts with the state, according to a state audit released Wednesday. ...

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

Oct. 20, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school...

Biogen CEO: 'Major bottleneck' still limits Alzheimer's drug

Oct. 20, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

A new Alzheimer’s drug from Biogen brought in only $300,000 in sales during its first full quarter on the market, extending a slow debut complicated by coverage questions and doctor concerns. The infused drug, hailed as a potential breakthrough treatment for a fatal...