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FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a United States flag is reflected in the window of the Nasdaq studio in Times Square, New York.  Companies that cater to the “new normal” of working and shopping from home are rushing to go public. 2020 could shape up to be both a dismal year for economic growth and the best year for the IPO market in two decades. 
 (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

IPOs head for banner year on stock market's strength

Sep. 24, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Companies that cater to the “new normal” of working and shopping from home are rushing to go public. 2020 could turn out to be the best year for the IPO market in two decades. Newly public companies have piggybacked on the broader stock market, which made a soaring recovery in spring and summer...

Missouri crowds amid pandemic prompt real-life 'Footloose'

Sep. 24, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — With bars and nightclubs limiting capacity and closing early in the St. Louis area due to the coronavirus pandemic, neighboring establishments in St. Charles are seeing so many large and unruly crowds that the city is taking a cue from the 1984 movie “Footloose” and...

A Lufthansa aircraft rolls to the parking position at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Lufthansa to try out pre-flight corona tests on routes to US

Sep. 24, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an attempt to find a way to get long-haul passengers flying again. The airline said Thursday it was working with partners in the...

Claire Reagan plays with her son Evan, 5, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, outside her home in Olathe, Kan. Reagan is keeping her son from starting kindergarten and her daughter Abbie, 3, from preschool due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

US parents delaying preschool and kindergarten amid pandemic

Sep. 24, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Claire Reagan was feeling overwhelmed as her oldest child's first day of kindergarten approached and with a baby on the way. The 5-year-old boy has autism, and she worried he would struggle with juggling in-person and virtual learning, and that she wouldn't have enough time to give him...

3 accused of creating 'man cave' under Grand Central station

Sep. 24, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three railroad workers have been suspended for turning a storage room under New York's Grand Central Terminal into an unauthorized “man cave” with a television, a refrigerator, a microwave and a futon couch, officials said Thursday. A Metropolitan Transportation Authority...

A skateboarder in front of the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020. The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has a shimmering new depot that is designed to open up the institution's engine room to the public. The mirrored building will give visitors access to the vast majority of the museum's collection of 151,000 art works that currently are stored out of the public eye. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Mirrored depot will open Dutch museum's storage to public

Sep. 24, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — All the paintings, sculptures and other works that grace museums and galleries around the world are the visible tip of a huge art iceberg. Most of the institutions only have space to exhibit a fraction of their collections, meaning the majority of the art is locked away out of...

Various face masks are displayed in a shop window in Bad Vilbel near Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The Latest: Sweden's PM keeps limit on gatherings

Sep. 24, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM -- Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he’s keeping the 50 person-limit for gatherings. “What we do right now, we will enjoy later. What we do wrong, we will suffer later,” Lofven said. Lofven urged people to avoid gatherings, private parties, crowded places and...

In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a small table decorated with succulents sits below a window where Everett offers free coffee and conversation to friends and neighbors at his home in Sydney, Australia,  during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

Australian offers free coffee, chat from his kitchen window

Sep. 24, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

It all started when Rick Everett walked out of his home in Sydney and put up a sign on his kitchen window that read: “Free coffee to combat the virus.” It was March, and the Australian acrobat had lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic. With more free time, he felt he could help out others in...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020, file photo, a homeowner tours his new home, in Washingtonville, N.Y. U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages fell this week amid signs that the halting economic recovery slowed over the summer. The key 30-year mortgage again marked an all-time low. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the 30-year home loan declined to 2.86% from 2.93% last week. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Mortgage rates tick up to 2.9%, remain at historic lows

Sep. 24, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages rose slightly this week but remain at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year home loan edged up to 2.90% from 2.87% last week. One year ago, the rate averaged 3.64%. The...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...