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Residents pass by an advertisement for Hybrid cars from Toyota on the streets of Beijing on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. China’s auto sales rose by 16.4% in July over a year earlier to 2.1 million units in a sign of sustained recovery for the industry’s biggest global market, an industry group said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China auto sales rise in July, as market regains momentum

Aug. 11, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales rose by 16.4% in July over a year earlier to 2.1 million units in a sign of sustained recovery for the industry’s biggest global market, an industry group said Tuesday. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported that sales of passenger cars...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo.  Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, Aug. 11, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Asian shares extend rally; S&P 500 within 1% of record

Aug. 10, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 1.6% and Hong Kong gained more than 2% in early trading, even as the tally of confirmed new coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

Wearing a mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Martha Gonzalez Reyes, 76, sells roses outside Metro Hidalgo in central Mexico City, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. After four months staying at home, Gonzalez returned to selling on August 1, but she says business hasn't fully rebounded.

Mexico City lets bars 'change' to restaurants to reopen

Aug. 10, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of Mexico City will allow bars to operate as restaurants starting Monday in order to reopen as part of an easing of the coronavirus lockdown. While bars and nightclubs have been closed for four months, the city is now offering automatic approval if bar owners fill out an...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, a man works on a new Marriott sign in front of the former Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. Marriott says its business is steadily improving, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, with 91% of its hotels now reopen and business travel reemerging in China.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Marriott recovering in China, Royal Caribbean posts loss

Aug. 10, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

On land and sea, the travel industry is hurting but holding out hope for a recovery. Marriott said Monday it has reopened most of its hotels around the world, helped by a rebound in business travel in China. The average occupancy at its hotels is also improving, although still at depressed levels. The hotel...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA logo is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is denying allegations by General Motors that FCA used foreign bank accounts to bribe union officials so they would stick GM with higher labor costs. In court papers filed Monday,  Aug. 10, 2020 the Italian-American automaker said GM was using court records to make “defamatory and baseless

Fiat Chrysler calls GM's bribery allegations 'preposterous'

Aug. 10, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Allegations by General Motors that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bribed union officials are “preposterous” and read like a script from a “third-rate spy movie,” FCA lawyers wrote in court documents filed Monday. GM, in a motion last week, alleged that Fiat Chrysler...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, some people wear masks while using the New York City subway system during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. New York's mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in buses and subways. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

MTA asks Apple's help to solve iPhone mask issues

Aug. 10, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in buses and subways. In a letter to CEO Tim Cook obtained by The Associated...

FILE- In this June 3, 2020 file photo, workmen walk by the shuttered La Tropicana Cafe in Tampa, Fla. The cafe, which first acted as a hub for immigrants when it opened in 1963 and has since been a stop for politicians campaigning in the area, has joined the long list of businesses lost to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, FILE)

Many landmark restaurants, bars won't reopen after virus

Aug. 10, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — La Tropicana Cafe has been a cornerstone of Tampa’s historic Latin-influenced Ybor City neighborhood since the 1960s, well known as a gathering spot where movers and shakers and even mobsters mixed with construction workers over Cuban coffee and sandwiches. Now its doors are...

This Week: Consumer prices, Tapestry earns, retail sales

Aug. 10, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: HIGHER PRICES SEEN Economists project that consumer prices rose last month from a year earlier. The Labor Department’s consumer price index, due out Wednesday, is projected to show a gain of 0.7% for July. That would...

US gas prices remain steady at $2.25/gallon

Aug. 9, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline held steady over the past two weeks at $2.25 per gallon. That’s 50 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday the prices are stable because crude...