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In this Monday, June 1, 2020 photo, local customers sit in a terrace bar in downtown Barcelona. Spain is waiting until July to reopen its border for foreign tourists. In the meantime, authorities are encouraging Spaniards to vacation inside at home. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Retailers look to boost sales, German car sales weak

Jun. 4, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ DOUBLE-DIGIT DROPS: — The Buckle's sales declined 16.8% in...

West Virginia sues Rite-Aid, Walgreens over pain pill flood

Jun. 4, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Rite-Aid and Walgreens failed to monitor and report suspicious orders of prescription painkillers in West Virginia while inundating their retail pharmacies with tens of millions of pills, according to a state lawsuit. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey alleges...

FILE - This Aug. 23, 2018, file photo shows a window display at a Gap Kids clothing store in Winter Park, Fla. Gap is being sued for refusing to pay rent for stores temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Mall owner Simon Property Group says in a lawsuit filed this week of June 4, 2020, that the clothing retailer owes three months of rent, totaling $65.9 million AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Mall owner sues Gap for rent on coronavirus-shuttered stores

Jun. 4, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap is being sued for refusing to pay rent for stores temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Mall owner Simon Property Group said in a lawsuit filed this week that the clothing retailer owes three months of rent, totaling $65.9 million. Gap Inc. has more than 390 stores at...

A woman poses for a photo by the

Spending starting to improve, some retail sales rising

Jun. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ SPENDING: — With countries starting to loosen lockdown...

Owner Johnny Grimes stands outside his salon Monday, June 1, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala., as he works to board up the windows after it was vandalized and looted. Grimes said he was devastated by what had happened to his business but was sympathetic with those who demonstrated against police brutality.  (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Looting devastates businesses already shaken by virus

Jun. 2, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looting and vandalism in cities across the country have dealt another blow to small businesses that were already reeling from the coronavirus outbreak. Along with big chain stores like Target, Walgreen and Macy’s, independent retailers in neighborhoods and downtown sections were...

US-Apple-Books-Top-10

Jun. 2, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher 1. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly - 9780316539432 - (Little, Brown and Company) 2. Hideaway by Nora Roberts - 9781250207128 - (St. Martin’s Publishing Group) 3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Enhanced Edition) by J.K. Rowling -...

Customers queue to purchase alcoholic beverages outside the Sam Liquor Store in Thokoza township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 1, 2020.  Liquor stores have reopened Monday after being closed for over two months under lockdown restrictions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa eases; liquor is sold, school openings delayed

Jun. 1, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Many South Africans spent their Monday lining up outside liquor stores and celebrated with cheers as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s been a long two months,” said Tony van Schalkwyk, who...

A woman cries as she watches a building burn after a protest over the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Protests, mayhem continue, lead to more California curfews

Jun. 1, 2020 1:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers lined the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and cities across California declared curfews Sunday to head off more violence after unruly demonstrators at earlier protests burned police cars, broke into stores and skirmished with officers. In more than 20...

Average US gas price up 8 cents over 2 weeks to $2.05

May. 31, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.05 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the jump comes as crude oil costs rise and gasoline demand increases amid widespread easing of...

Levi Nayman, right, enjoys a drink and live music at a restaurant called

Pop-up bar scene, tanning salon test shutdown rules in NYC

May. 30, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What passes for a pandemic-era speakeasy these days in New York City isn’t secret at all. On the sidewalks throughout the city, restaurants and bars that have only been allowed to offer takeout orders since March have been bending the rules by setting up outdoor tables and allowing...