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Brief, global internet outages blamed on software bug

Jun. 17, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A software bug at a major network provider briefly knocked dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe offline during peak business hours in Asia. Akamai, which runs one of the internet's main content-delivery systems,...

Bruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for more

Jun. 10, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After feeling the thrill of victory early this year by singlehandedly causing GameStop’s stock to soar — only to get crushed when it quickly crashed back to earth — armies of smaller-pocketed and novice investors are back for more. These undaunted...

Bruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for more

Jun. 09, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After feeling the thrill of victory early this year by singlehandedly causing GameStop’s stock to soar — only to get crushed when it quickly crashed back to earth — armies of smaller-pocketed and novice investors are back for more. These undaunted...

Wichita moving company hit with $119,000 civil penalty

Jun. 09, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A now-defunct Wichita moving company has been ordered to pay more than $119,000 in restitution, civil fines, penalties and court costs after the company president ignored a consumer protection lawsuit filed by the Sedgwick County prosecutor. ...

Bloomington post office adds fence near where homeless meet

Jun. 07, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A fence has been installed around a post office in Bloomington to protect staff and customers, the U.S. Postal Service said. The post office is near Seminary Park where homeless congregate and where tents have been set up, The Herald-Times...

EU gives TikTok a month to respond to consumer complaints

May. 28, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission said on Friday it has given the Chinese-owned video app TikTok one month to answer complaints from a European consumer group over its commercial practices. The EU's executive arm said it has started discussions involving the...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

May. 24, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. May 20, 2021. Editorial: Law banning face mask requirements caps off months of pandering, reactionary government by Iowa Republicans Words that are the law today in Iowa, banning school districts and local governments from...

How to ease out of mortgage forbearance, avoid foreclosure

May. 19, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

American homeowners were given more opportunity to hit pause on their mortgage payments because of the financial ravages of the pandemic, but that relief is slowly coming to an end. About 3 million people are behind on their mortgage, the most at any time since the Great...

Paycheck advance apps: What to know before you download

May. 19, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

Paycheck advance apps let users borrow a small amount of their expected earnings, usually in exchange for a small fee, and repay it on their next payday. It seems like an attractive offer if you need extra cash between paychecks, and millions of users have accepted it....

District Attorney Raúl Torrez to run for attorney general

May. 17, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The district attorney for New Mexico's largest metro area is seeking the Democratic nomination for state attorney general in the 2022 election, emphasizing his hands-on experience in Albuquerque as the city grapples with stubborn rates of violent crime. ...