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FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz. During his 2016 primary run, Trump sought to mark his ground as a hard-line immigration enforcer who would build “a great, great wall on our southern border.” Nearly four years later, Trump still has work to do completing his wall and much that has been completed has been paid by U.S. taxpayers despite promises otherwise. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

Oct. 24, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal. He has checked off some items on his to-do list. Trump...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange.  Stocks are mixed on Wall Street, following gains in European markets, as more U.S. companies report encouraging results for the summer earnings period. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

US stocks shake off a wobbly start and end mostly higher

Oct. 23, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday, though the S&P 500 posted its first weekly loss in four weeks. The benchmark index eked out a 0.3% gain after another day of wobbly trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished with a small loss. Gains in communication services, health care and other...

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Oct. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

Stocks shrugged off a sluggish start and ended mostly higher on Wall Street Friday. The S&P 500 managed a modest gain, but still posted its first weekly loss in four weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with a small loss. Gains in communication services, health care and other sectors outweighed a...

Intel, American Express fall; Mattel, Boston Beer rise

Oct. 23, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: Gilead Sciences Inc., up 12 cents to $60.79. Regulators approved the company's antiviral medication remdesivir, the first drug to treat COVID-19. Mattel Inc., up $1.23 to $14.16. The maker of Barbie and other toys reported earnings...

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Oct. 23, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for December delivery fell 79 cents to $39.85 a barrel Friday. Brent crude oil for December delivery fell 69 cents to $41.77 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline for November delivery fell 2 cents to $1.14 a gallon. November heating oil fell 1 cent to $1.15 a gallon. November natural gas fell 4...

People shop for clothing at the used-clothes market in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.  Iraq is in the throes of an unprecedented liquidity crisis, as the cash-strapped state wrestles to pay public sector salaries and import essential goods while oil prices remain dangerously low. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Bloated public salaries at heart of Iraq's economic woes

Oct. 23, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long-time Iraqi civil servant Qusay Abdul-Amma panicked when his monthly salary was delayed. Days of waiting turned to weeks. He defaulted on rent and other bills. A graphic designer for the Health Ministry, he uses about half his salary to pay his rent of nearly 450,000 Iraqi dinars a...

FILE - In this Oct.4, 2017 file photo, police officers escort Alexander Vinnik, center as they leave a courthouse at the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik goes on trial on Monday in Paris for allegedly having used ransomware in a fraud involving 200 victims and estimated to a global amount of 135 million euros. Alexander Vinnik, who is also wanted in the United States and in Russia, is facing up to ten years in prison in a four-day trial in France over charges of extorsion, money laundering and criminal association. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)

Trial of Russian in alleged bitcoin fraud to wrap in Paris

Oct. 23, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors requested on Friday a 10-year jail term and a fine of 750,000 euros ($888,634) against Alexander Vinnik, who is accused of being behind a 135 million-euro ($160 million) fraud campaign that used ransomware and the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The 41-year-old Russian, who is also...

A pedestrian wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in front of the Greek parliament in central Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Greece has been experiencing a resurgence of the virus, with the number of new daily cases, most in the Greek capital, often topping 400, and both deaths and the number of those in intensive care units rising. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece: Insolvency overhaul during pandemic triggers spat

Oct. 23, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government's opposition is trying to block new insolvency legislation that it argues would leave vulnerable mortgage holders more exposed to repossession during the pandemic. The conservative government is overhauling its bankruptcy regulations, replacing a protection...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. Stocks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai. Sydney's benchmark ended flat. In their debate late...

Michigan State dropping swimming and diving teams

Oct. 22, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season, officials said Thursday. “MSU athletics is facing a financial crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen in college athletics,” athletic director Bill Beekman...