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Tractor Supply Co. creating WiFi hotspots in parking lots

Oct. 16, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Tractor Supply Co. will provide free WiFi access at its parking lots across 23 locations in West Virginia, the company said. The state has long struggled to make fast internet access available to its residents, many of whom live in rural communities. The state's attorney general,...

A man wearing a face mask walks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares lower after tech-driven rally on Wall Street

Oct. 12, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data. An overnight rally on Wall Street, driven mainly by technology companies such as Apple and Amazon, faded amid worries over U.S. economic stimulus and a resurgence of coronavirus caseloads in many countries. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks during a company event in New York.  Nadella said in June 2020 that the tech company would double the number of Black and African American managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Trump administration targets diversity hiring by contractors

Oct. 9, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government. Trump’s Labor Department is using a...

Microsoft adding 2 more West Des Moines data centers

Oct. 7, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Microsoft has announced plans to build two more data centers in the Des Moines area, generating dozens of high-paying jobs. The Des Moines Register reports that the tech giant confirmed that its land purchases last month are for the development of more space for servers that bolster its cloud computing...

FILE - A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is investigating its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company's June pledge to double the number of Black and African American people managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Government probes Microsoft's effort to boost diversity

Oct. 6, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company's June pledge to double the number of Black and African...

Microsoft President Brad Smith, left, speaks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a ceremony held in the Acropolis Museum, in the background is the ancient Parthenon temple, central Athens, on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Microsoft has announced plans to build three data centers in greater Athens, providing a badly needed investment of up to $1 billion to the Greek economy which has been hammered by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Microsoft plans $1 billion data center venture in Greece

Oct. 5, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Microsoft has announced plans to build three data center sites in greater Athens, providing a badly needed investment of up to $1 billion to the Greek economy which has been hammered by the pandemic. The news was announced Monday by the U.S. tech giant and Greek Prime Minister...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in New York. Stocks are pulling lower Friday, as Wall Street's first reaction to President Donald Trump's testing positive for the coronavirus was to retrench. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Stocks end bumpy day lower after Trump's positive virus test

Oct. 2, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street’s major stock indexes fell on Friday after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, but the losses ended up milder than investors braced for early in the morning. The S&P 500 slumped 1.7% as soon as trading began, only to churn through another...

A woman looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally

Sep. 25, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

Stocks shook off another bout of volatile trading and finished solidly higher Friday, led by gains in technology and health care companies. Despite the rally, the S&P 500 still posted its fourth straight weekly loss, extending Wall Street's September swoon. The S&P 500 rose 1.6% after flip-flopping...

A woman looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Asian shares gain, cheered by US rally on hopes for stimulus

Sep. 24, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Despite signs of a global economic rebound in the third quarter, worries remain the upturn may be running out of steam. House Democrats said they are paring back...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track Wall Street retreat on pandemic pains

Sep. 22, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

Shares slipped Tuesday in Asia after markets tumbled worldwide on worries about the pandemic’s economic pain. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.3% to 23,894.72 and the Kospi in South Korea sank 1.7% to 2,348.24. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia lost 0.6% to 5,787.00 and the Shanghai Composite index edged 0.1%...