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A woman wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus cools down under a cooling mist spot at in Asakusa district Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Tokyo. The Japanese capital confirmed more than 380 coronavirus cases on Friday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia Today: S. Korea's cases jump again, lower in Victoria

Aug. 14, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 166 newly confirmed case of the coronavirus, it’s highest daily jump in five months, as health authorities fear transmissions are getting out of control in the greater capital area that’s home to half of the...

Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

President Donald Trump walks over to speak with the press after arriving on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Trump heading to New York to visit with his younger brother, Robert Trump, who has been hospitalized in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump orders Chinese owner of TikTok to sell US assets

Aug. 14, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday gave the Chinese company ByteDance 90 days to divest itself of any assets used to support the popular TikTok app in the United States. Trump’s executive order said there is “credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance …...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive for a round table meeting during a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. A little more than a month after Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement took effect July 1, 2020, the Trump administration is scheduled to re-impose a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum Sunday, Aug. 16, raising tensions between the two allies. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

After brief trade truce, US slaps levy on Canadian aluminum

Aug. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than two years of browbeating and trade sanctions on Canada and Mexico, President Donald Trump strong-armed the United States’ neighbors into agreeing to supplant a 25-year-old North American trade agreement with one of his own. His pact, meant to update the old deal and...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, people walk by the New York Stock Exchange.  Stocks are drifting in early Friday, Aug. 14, trading on Wall Street after a report showed that sales for U.S retailers strengthened again last month, but by less than economists expected. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks barely budge on Wall Street; S&P 500 just shy of high

Aug. 14, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes barely budged on Wall Street Friday, leaving the S&P 500 just shy of its record once again. The S&P 500 edged down 0.58, or less than 0.1%, to 3,372.85 after drifting between small gains and losses throughout the day. They’re the latest meandering moves for the...

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Aug. 14, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

Wall Street ended Friday more or less where it started after a day of drifting between small gains and losses for major stock indexes. The market was nearly evenly split between rising and falling stocks after a report showed that sales for U.S retailers strengthened again last month, but by less than economists...

Dillard's, Novavax rise; Baidu, DraftKings fall

Aug. 14, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: Applied Materials Inc., up $2.55 to $67.62. The chipmaking equipment company beat Wall Street's fiscal third-quarter profit forecasts and said demand is rising. Baidu Inc., down $7.83 to $116.74. The Chinese internet search company's...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

By sea, rail or by air, Brits scramble to get out of France

Aug. 14, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Cars lined up at ports while trains and planes filled out fast as British tourists scurried to get out of France on Friday before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks. Families cut summer vacations short and other travelers made hasty plans to return to the...

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Aug. 14, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for September delivery fell 23 cents to settle at $42.01 a barrel Friday. Brent crude oil for October delivery fell 16 cents to $44.80 a barrel. Wholesale gasoline for September delivery rose 1 cent $1.24 a gallon. September heating oil was little changed at $1.24 a gallon. September...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden signs a required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Major US postal workers union endorses Biden for president

Aug. 14, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major union representing U.S. postal workers has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president, a move that comes as President Donald Trump has acknowledged starving the postal service of money in order to make it more difficult to vote by mail in November's election. The National...