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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. U.S. home prices rose in April for the eighth straight month, even as sales have stumbled, a sign the coronavirus outbreak has had little impact on real estate values. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4% in April, the largest gain since December 2018, up from 3.9% in March. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices up 5.2% in August

Oct. 27, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices posted a robust gain in August — another sign that the American housing market remains strong despite economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, showed that home prices climbed 5.2%...

A man walks in front of a poster of UMNO ( United Malays National Organisation) President Ahmad Zahid at UMNO headquarter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A key ally has reaffirmed support for Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government, offering him a respite after his failed bid to declare a coronavirus emergency,  but his political survival still hangs in the balance. The UMNO, the biggest party in the unelected governing coalition was angry at being sidelined amid rivalry with Muhyiddin's own Malay party.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Embattled Malaysian PM gets respite but survival in balance

Oct. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A key ally's reaffirmed support for Malaysia's prime minister offers him a respite after his failed bid to declare a coronavirus emergency, but his political survival still hangs in the balance. Eight months after taking office, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is being...

FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Instacart worker Saori Okawa loads groceries into her car for home delivery in San Leandro, Calif. There are plenty of jobs in the gig work arena. To stay safe and find the right fit, evaluate the risks, expand your search beyond the obvious roles and calculate how much you’ll really make after taking expenses such as fees and insurance into account. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Millennial Money: Picking a pandemic side gig takes hustle

Oct. 27, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

Side gig. Side job. Side hustle. It goes by many names and serves many purposes. For some, it’s a way to keep the lights on. For others, it’s an opportunity to save for a goal or follow a passion. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have become unemployed. Many are...

Health service member calling for a general strike and demanding more labor protection on her job, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, while Spain suffer a second strong pandemic crisis by COVID-19.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

The Latest: Spain doctors stage walkout over health system

Oct. 27, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

MADRID — Spanish doctors are staging their first national walkout in 25 years to protest what they say are poor working conditions and the weakened state of the national public health system. The 24-hour strike was called by the State Confederation of Medical Unions, which wants health authorities to...

FILE - This is an April 26, 2017, file photo showing Eli Lilly corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Eli Lilly continues to back a potential COVID-19 treatment despite research showing that it may not work on hospitalized patients. The drugmaker said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, that It remains confident that its drug may stop COVID from developing in other patients. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Lilly stays confident in possible COVID drug after setback

Oct. 27, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly continues to back a potential COVID-19 treatment despite research showing that it may not work on hospitalized patients. The drugmaker said Tuesday it remains confident that its drug may stop COVID from developing in other patients. Researchers are still studying the drug in...

An elementary school student, wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, receives a Td vaccine shot from a health worker during a free vaccination service for schoolchildren in Jakarta, Indonesia,Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Asia Today: Thailand: Woman probably infected in quarantine

Oct. 27, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in Thailand said Tuesday it is likely that a French woman who earlier this month tested positive for the coronavirus became infected when she stayed under quarantine at a hotel near Bangkok. The 57-year-old woman tested positive after she and her family flew on Oct. 15 from...

Lithuania upset over soon-to-open Belarus nuke plant

Oct. 27, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Baltic nation of Lithuania sent a protest note Tuesday to Belarus over a planned nuclear power plant close to their border that is scheduled to start operating in early November. The Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Vilnius, Lithuania’s...

Teen who recorded Floyd death on phone to receive PEN award

Oct. 27, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The teenager who recorded the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May will be honored in December by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. Darnella Frazier will be presented the PEN/Benenson Courage Award. “With nothing more than a cell...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Every Tuesday for months, DeWine interrupts his remarks on pandemic stats and safety measures and pleads with fellow Republican lawmakers to act on his legislation addressing gun violence in the state. DeWine proposed the bill after a mass shooting in Dayton in 2019. A key element is boosting penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns. The governor says the need has only grown more dire since Dayton. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Ohio governor pleads for legislative action on gun violence

Oct. 27, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — At some point during Gov. Mike DeWine's Tuesday briefing on Ohio's fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive will also continue his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. As he has every Tuesday for months, the governor will interrupt his remarks on...

FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.  Surging sales of cancer medicines and reduced spending helped Merck overcome a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and increase its profit 12% in the second quarter. The  drugmaker on Friday, July 31, 2020,  increased its financial forecast for the year, all while it’s investing in development of two experimental vaccines and a possible treatment for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Strong sales of drugs, vaccines, propel Merck in 3Q

Oct. 27, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Merck boosted its third-quarter profit by 55% and blew past Wall Street expectations, due to slightly higher sales, restrained spending and a small, one-time gain. The Kenilworth, New Jersey, company said it's making progress on three efforts to combat the coronavirus...