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Paul Boutros, owner of East Side Pockets, a small restaurant near Brown University, looks out onto an empty street since students were sent home two weeks ago, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Providence, R.I.

Many businesses cautious about restarting economy amid virus

Mar. 26, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants the country open for business by mid-April, but some experts warn it's not as easy as flipping a switch: Economies run on confidence, and that is likely to be in short supply for as long as coronavirus cases in the United States are still rising. Trump...

FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Bill Gates speaks in Washington. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Friday, March 13, 2020 he is stepping down from the company's board to focus on philanthropy. Gates was Microsoft's CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Bill Gates says he is stepping down from Microsoft board

Mar. 13, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Friday he is stepping down from the company's board to focus on philanthropy. Gates was Microsoft's CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the company he started with Paul Allen in 1975. He transitioned out of a...

Tourits sit in a barely empty restaurant terrace at the St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Authorities in Italy decided to re-open schools and museums in some of the areas less hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the country which has the most cases outside of Asia, as Italians on Friday yearned for a return to normal life even amid fears that the outbreak could plunge the country's economy into recession. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Q&A: Emerging picture of virus shows world at critical stage

Feb. 28, 2020 5:05 PM EST

The global spread of infection from the new virus reached a critical stage this week with the number of new cases reported in the rest of the world surpassing the number of new cases in China, where the emergency began. Reflecting how tourism and business travel unite the planet, Antarctica is the only continent...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Feb. 17, 2020 9:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect...

Rafael Nadal, left, jumps the net while Roger Federer watches on during their exhibition tennis match held at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Federer tops Nadal in South Africa & 51,000 turn up to watch

Feb. 8, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Roger Federer wasn't going to lose this one to Rafael Nadal. Not on what felt like a homecoming for Federer, who beat his great rival 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a three-set exhibition match at a soccer stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday. It was Federer's first match in his mother's country of birth, and the...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2006, file photo, former Worldcom CEO Bernard Ebbers exits Manhattan federal court in New York. Ebbers died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, according to a family statement cited by WAPT-TV in Mississippi. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)

Bernie Ebbers, ex-CEO convicted in WorldCom scandal, dies

Feb. 3, 2020 6:49 AM EST

The former chief of WorldCom, convicted in one of the largest corporate accounting scandals in U.S. history, died just over a month after his early release from prison. Bernard Ebbers was 78. The Canadian-born former telecommunications executive died Sunday in Brookhaven, Mississippi, surrounded by his family,...

Switzerland's Roger Federer speaks during a press conference following his semifinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Federer to play in South Africa, where his mother was born

Feb. 3, 2020 5:30 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer shakes his head and sounds a bit embarrassed when he's asked why he's never played a tennis match in South Africa until now. It is, after all, where his mother was born. "I don't know what took me so long, to be quite honest," the 20-time Grand Slam champion said....