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This Week: Consumer confidence, Apple earns, new home sales

Jan. 25, 2021 1:10 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: CONFIDENCE IMPROVING? A closely watched gauge of U.S. consumer confidence is due out Tuesday. Economists predict the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 90 in January. That would be up from 88.6 in...

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

Jan. 25, 2021 1:00 AM EST

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — Chris Rutledge peels an N-95 mask off her tired face, revealing the silhouette it leaves behind. Her name and a tiny heart are drawn on the face covering in black marker so her patients know who she is. “I look terrible when it comes off,” she jokes as she takes a break...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo, a biosafety protective suit for handling viral diseases are hung up in a biosafety level 4 training facility at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., where scientists are working to help develop solutions to prevent, detect and treat the coronavirus. China is trying to spread doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines and the origin of the coronavirus as a World Health Organization-selected team of scientists are in the city where the pandemic first broke out. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

China pushes fringe theories on pandemic origins, virus

Jan. 25, 2021 12:45 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese state media have played up questions about Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and whether it could be lethal to the very old. A government spokesperson suggests the coronavirus could have emerged from a U.S. military lab. As the ruling Communist Party faces growing questioning about...

Democrat Jim Carpenter, left, and Republican Natalie Abbas watch the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Carpenter's apartment in Frederick, Md., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The two are local ambassadors for a program designed to bridge the nation's extraordinary political divide. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

One county, worlds apart: Bridging the political divide

Jan. 25, 2021 12:30 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — She fired up her laptop to scour the internet for bits from right-wing websites and conspiratorial YouTube channels. The inauguration of Joe Biden was just days away, and Natalie Abbas was feverishly searching for 11th-hour interventions that could prevent the swearing-in of a...

People stroll past a section of the National Mall by the Capitol where workers were still dismantling inauguration installations, after most downtown streets and public spaces had reopened to the public, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 in Washington. Biden is looking to jump-start his first 100 days in office with action and symbolism to reassure a divided and weary public that help is in the offing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Jan. 25, 2021 12:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency....

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under medical treatment, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexican president tests positive for COVID-19, symptoms mild

Jan. 25, 2021 12:02 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he has tested positive for COVID-19, an announcement that comes as his country registers the highest levels of infections and deaths to date. López Obrador, who has been criticized for his handling of Mexico's pandemic and...

Today in History

Jan. 25, 2021 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2021. There are 340 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. On this date: In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly...

Signs direct drivers waiting for a COVID-19 testing at a pop-up testing centre at Marsden Point, New Zealand, on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Health officials in New Zealand say genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Tania Whyte/Northern Adivacate/NZME via AP)

The Latest: Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Jan. 24, 2021 11:13 PM EST

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said. The lockdown, which was implemented in the early hours of Saturday, covered 16...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Asian shares rose Monday amid some hope for recovering economies slammed by the pandemic, as market attention turned to upcoming company earnings. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares rise on recovery hopes, markets eye earnings

Jan. 24, 2021 10:53 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Monday amid some hopes for recovering economies slammed by the pandemic, as market attention turned to upcoming company earnings. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained nearly 0.5% in morning trading to 28,767.43. Australia's S&P/ASX200 added 0.4% to 6,829.60. South Korea's...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Old (Brady), young (Mahomes), different Super Bowl 55 awaits

Jan. 24, 2021 10:23 PM EST

For Tom Brady, another trip to the Super Bowl — but this time, in a Tampa Bay uniform. And for his new team, the Buccaneers, a first-of-its-kind home game, but without the usual home-field advantage. To put a bow on this make-it-up-as-we-go NFL season — a campaign upended but never fully undone by...