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Group: Tax rich to fund vaccines for poor hit by pandemic

Jan. 16, 2022 19:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Anti-poverty organization Oxfam called Monday for governments to impose a one-time 99% tax on the world's billionaires and use the money to fund expanded production of vaccines for the poor — part of an effort to combat global inequality widened by the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Today in History

Jan. 12, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2022. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit. On...

World Economic Forum warns cyber risks add to climate threat

Jan. 11, 2022 09:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Cyberthreats and the growing space race are emerging risks to the global economy, adding to existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, the World Economic Forum said in a report Tuesday. The Global Risks Report is usually released ahead...

$15B from Gates, French Gates tops 2021 biggest gift list

Jan. 04, 2022 10:30 AM EST

It was a healthy year for big gifts to charitable causes in 2021, a year that saw one of the largest multibillion-dollar contributions in more than a decade, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy tally. The power philanthropists Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates announced in May...

Scientist, enforcer, high-flyer: 3 women put a mark on tech

Jan. 03, 2022 20:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three bright and driven women with ground-breaking ideas made significant — if very different — marks on the embattled tech industry in 2021. Frances Haugen, Lina Khan and Elizabeth Holmes — a data scientist turned whistleblower, a legal scholar turned...

EXPLAINER: What caused Amazon's outage? Will there be more?

Dec. 23, 2021 01:41 AM EST

Robotic vacuum cleaners wouldn't start. Doorbell cameras stopped watching for package thieves, though some of those deliveries were canceled anyway. Netflix and Disney movies got interrupted and The Associated Press had trouble publishing the news. A major outage in Amazon’s cloud...

2021 Notebook: Billionaires and the space race

Dec. 22, 2021 22:41 PM EST

THE BACKGROUND: Captain Kirk — aka William Shatner — finally made it into space, part of the new wave of civilian travelers sponsored by names like Bezos, Musk and Branson who are slipping the surly bonds of Earth 10 years after NASA's shuttle program ended. But there are big differences. ...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 15, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Dec. 14 The Guardian on China's Winter Olympics and treatment of Uyghurs: The financial crisis of 2008 was the moment which cemented both China’s rise and its growing confidence as the...

How a Kennedy built an anti-vaccine juggernaut amid COVID-19

Dec. 15, 2021 11:03 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. strode onto the stage at a Southern California church, radiating Kennedy confidence and surveying the standing ovation crowd with his piercing blue Bobby Kennedy eyes. Then, he launched into an anti-vaccine rant. Democrats “drank the Kool-Aid,” he...

Today in History

Dec. 14, 2021 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2021. There are 17 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 2020, the Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden as the nation’s next president, ratifying...