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NFL postpones Steelers-Titans until later in season

Oct. 1, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NFL postponed Sunday's Pittsburgh Steelers game at Tennessee until later in the season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement Thursday came one day afer the league said it hoped to play the game on Monday or...

A man stands in front of a blank electronic stock board supposedly showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was suspended Thursday because of a problem in the system for relaying market information. Most other Asian markets were closed for national holidays. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street, with tech leading

Oct. 1, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street, with big-name technology companies again leading the way. The S&P 500 rose 0.9% in the first few minutes of trading Thursday. The index is coming off its second quarter of big gains. Trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was suspended because of a technical...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives an injection at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg. Refrigeration, cargo planes, and, above all, money: All risk being in short supply for the international initiative to get coronavirus vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: EU agency reviews Oxford coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 1, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency has begun its first review process for the experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The EU regulator says it had started a “rolling review” process it hopes will expedite any eventual approval. The EMA has begun...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, rows of United Airlines check-in counters at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago are unoccupied amid the coronavirus pandemic. About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday, Oct. 1, unless Congress comes up with another aid package. With air travel down about 70% from last year, many carriers including United and American say they’ll be forced to cut jobs without additional aid. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

US layoffs remain elevated as 837,000 seek jobless aid

Oct. 1, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery that began this summer. The Labor Department's report, released Thursday, suggests that companies are still cutting a...

NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid clergy abuse lawsuits

Oct. 1, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs has become the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members. The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on...

A flu vaccine is administered to National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) staff members in Bethesda, Md., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)

High demand for flu shots? Experts hope to avoid 'twindemic'

Oct. 1, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a “twindemic” with COVID-19. “Take flu out of the equation this fall,” said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

Actor and theater director Aris Laskos poses outside the Theater of Neos Kosmos in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Laskos based in Athens, hasn't worked since early February and received a one-off support check for 800 euros ($940) shortly after the country's economy was placed in lockdown in the spring due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Unemployment marches higher in Europe as pandemic grinds on

Oct. 1, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August and is expected to grow further amid concern that extensive government support programs won't be able keep many businesses hit by coronavirus restrictions afloat forever. The jobless rate increased to 8.1% in the 19...

Hawaii food bank serving 80K people monthly during pandemic

Oct. 1, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii Island food bank has significantly increased its services since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, serving up to 80,000 people monthly. The Food Basket provided assistance to about 14,000 people per month at this time last year, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported ...

University of Iowa president announces plans to retire

Oct. 1, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced plans Thursday to retire after the school's board finds his successor. Harreld, a former corporate executive and Harvard Business School instructor, has led the Big Ten university since 2015. His tenure has been difficult in...

A woman walks out of the Gold City of St. Nicholas jewelry store, in New York, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Consumer spending gains slow to 1% in August

Oct. 1, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending slowed in August and personal income fell as a $600 weekly benefit for Americans who are unemployed during the pandemic expired. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that spending grew by just 1%, the weakest growth since spending fell 12.7% in April when...