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Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in New York.  Stocks are climbing back in the early going on Wall Street Thursday, a day after the market took its biggest one-day loss since October.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Stocks rise sharply, with investors watching online traders

Jan. 28, 2021 11:18 AM EST

Stocks were moving sharply higher Thursday morning, a day after sinking to their worst loss since October amid lingering worries about the long-term economic damage from the pandemic. Investors continued to closely watch the nauseating moves of stocks like GameStop and AMC, which have become targets of online...

Saidy Aguilon is reflected in the window of a home in Comitancillo, Guatemala, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. She believes that her husband is one of the charred corpses found in a northern Mexico border state on Saturday. The country's Foreign Ministry said it was collecting DNA samples from a dozen relatives to see if there was a match with any of the bodies. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

In Guatemala, families say 13 killed in Mexico were migrants

Jan. 28, 2021 11:17 AM EST

COMITANCILLO, Guatemala (AP) — In this impoverished Indigenous village, families are convinced that 13 of their relatives were among the 19 bullet-ridden, burned bodies found in northern Mexico near the U.S. border last week. Mexico has not yet identified the bodies, so it's not clear they were migrants....

A man walks past Tokyo's promotional banners for its rescheduled Olympic games to be held in the summer 2021, in Tokyo on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Japan to produce 90M doses of AstraZeneca shots

Jan. 28, 2021 10:31 AM EST

TOKYO — More than 90 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be produced in Japan by a Japanese pharmaceutical company through a licensing agreement. It will cover three quarters of the supply the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company has pledged to provide to the country, officials said...

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2019 photo shows IQOS heated cigarette heatsticks displayed in an IQOS store in Richmond, Va.  Marlboro cigarettes pushed tobacco company Altria’s revenue higher in the last quarter. But company results were weighed down by charges across its sprawling business, which also includes e-cigarettes, beer and wine. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Altria earns miss in 4Q despite strong cigarette sales

Jan. 28, 2021 10:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marlboro sales fueled an uptick in revenue at Altria, though the tobacco giant was weighed down by charges across its sprawling business which includes beer, wine and e-cigarettes. Cigarette sales have held up better during the pandemic than other types of consumer products, and overall...

In this Jan. 27, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test. More than a sweeping rescue plan, it's a test of the strength of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Virus aid package tests whether Biden, Congress can deliver

Jan. 28, 2021 10:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a sweeping national rescue plan, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test — of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. For...

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin participates in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Kamala Harris, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US: Germany is 'highly valued' station for American troops

Jan. 28, 2021 10:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is “highly valued” as a station for American soldiers, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his first conversation with her since taking up his new post, the German Defense Ministry said Thursday. Last year, then...

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US jobless claims drop; still at 847,000 as pandemic rages

Jan. 28, 2021 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell but remained at a historically high 847,000 last week, a sign that layoffs keep coming as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Last week’s claims dropped by 67,000, from 914,000 the week before, the Labor...

Members from the World Health Organization team of experts prepare to leave on a bus after ending their quarantine at a hotel in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study

Jan. 28, 2021 9:51 AM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers, who were required to isolate for 14 days after arriving in...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies

Jan. 28, 2021 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all. The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov insurance...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020, file photo people check in at a food bank held at Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. California's unemployment rate edged up nearly 1 percentage point last month as the state shed more than 52,000 jobs led by the pandemic-hobbled restaurant and lodging industries, the state's beleaguered Employment Development Department reported Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

US economy shrank 3.5% in 2020 after growing 4% last quarter

Jan. 28, 2021 9:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stuck in the grip of a viral pandemic, the U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank last year by the largest amount in 74 years. For 2020 as a whole, a year when the coronavirus inflicted the worst economic freeze since the end of World War II,...