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FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2012, file photo, Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel speaks during his keynote speech at the StartOut LGBT Entrepreneurship Awards in San Francisco. Seventeen years after it was born with the help of CIA seed money, Palantir Technologies is finally going public. Thiel, the iconoclastic entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder, holds the largest chunk of Palantir stock. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Secretive, never profitable Palantir makes its market debut

Sep. 30, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seventeen years after it was born with the help of CIA seed money, the data-mining outfit Palantir Technologies is finally going public in the biggest Wall Street tech offering since last year's debut of Slack and Uber. Never profitable and dogged by ethical objections for assisting in the...

Closing date of GM-Nikola partnership may be delayed

Sep. 29, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Shares in electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup Nikola fell more than 7% Tuesday after General Motors cast doubt on whether a $2 billion partnership would close as scheduled. GM says in a statement that the deal has not closed and discussions with Nikola are continuing. Yet a news...

Novavax, Endo rise; Cavco, Occidental Petroleum fall

Sep. 25, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Friday: Novavax Inc., up $11.12 to $113.56. The biotechnology company started a key study in the United Kingdom for a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Colony Capital Inc., up 29 cents to $2.63. The real estate investment firm is selling some of...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2020, file photo, women wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus chat as they pass by the headquarters of ByteDance, owners of TikTok, in Beijing, China. TikTok's owner said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, that it has applied for a Chinese technology export license as it tries to complete a deal with Oracle and Walmart to keep the popular video app operating in the United States. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

TikTok's owner applies for Chinese license to close US deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — TikTok's owner said Thursday it has applied for a Chinese technology export license as it tries to complete a deal with Oracle and Walmart to keep the popular video app operating in the United States. Beijing tightened control over technology exports last month in an effort to gain leverage...

US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela

Sep. 23, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A major U.S. asphalt company agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines while pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid millions in bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela for almost a decade to win lucrative contracts. The plea agreement by Sargeant Marine...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, left, and Maine Democrat House Speaker, right, candidates for U.S. Senate in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photos, File)

AP FACT CHECK: No proof Sen. Collins voted to help husband

Sep. 21, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

Democrat Sara Gideon has launched a new TV ad making an unsupported claim that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has used her power in public office to advance legislation to help her husband and his business. Gideon’s campaign began running the ad this month, in one of the country’s tightest...

Germany taps UAE-owned Haenel for new assault rifle contract

Sep. 15, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has chosen arms manufacturer Haenel, which is owned by a company in Abu Dhabi, to make assault rifles for the military, sidelining long-time supplier Heckler & Koch. Germany's Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that C.G. Haenel GmbH, based in the central...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a shirt promoting TikTok is seen at an Apple store in Beijing, China. TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as a new American technology partner to help keep the popular video-sharing app operating in the U.S., according to a person familiar with the deal.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Q&A: What does a deal between TikTok and Oracle mean?

Sep. 14, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the popular video-sharing app TikTok, has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as a new American technology partner to help keep the app operating in the U.S. TikTok confirmed the decision Monday, echoing earlier statements from Oracle and the U.S. treasury...

Dionisia Jorge, 71, member of the Israelite Church of Peru, kneels in prayer outside Congress, while holding a Tahuantinsuyo flag of the Inca empire, in Lima, Peru, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Some of Peru's lawmakers are calling for the dismissal of President Martín Vizcarra based on audios in which he is heard coaching two officials close to him for a congressional investigation into corruption. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

New political turmoil hits Peru with dicey impeachment vote

Sep. 11, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra is facing the threat of impeachment after the country’s opposition-controlled Congress agreed Friday to vote on his possible ouster just a day after the release of several secretly recorded audios. The latest political storm to hit the South...

In this undated photo provided by Outdoor Research in September 2020, a worker handles filter material for face masks in Seattle. A key challenge for N95 mask manufacturers racing to meet spiking demand is scarcity of meltblown textile. (Gerardo Villalobos/Outdoor Research via AP)

Scarcity of key material squeezes medical mask manufacturing

Sep. 10, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Rachel Spray is still grieving the loss of her fellow nurse who died after being exposed to the novel coronavirus at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center in California. Now, as she stands in front of the gleaming glass and concrete hospital, she says she “dreads going in...