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China's BYD, Japan's Hino announce electric truck venture

Oct. 21, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese electric car brand BYD Auto and Japanese truck maker Hino Motors said Wednesday they are jointly setting up a company to develop battery-powered trucks and buses. The venture is one of a series of tie-ups between Chinese and foreign automakers to share the multibillion-dollar costs...

FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Cathay Pacific Airways aircrafts line up on the tarmac at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, said it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut down its regional airline unit in a corporate restructuring, as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

Oct. 21, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the pandemic. About 5,300 employees based in Hong Kong and another 600 elsewhere will likely lose their jobs, and 2,600 unfilled...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

This image released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, by the USS Constitution Museum in Boston shows a document of private signals used between the U.S. Navy and the Navy of Great Britain. It is part of a collection of documents related to the early years of the USS Constitution acquired by the museum that will be unveiled during a virtual celebration for the ship's 223rd birthday on Wednesday. (USS Constitution Museum via AP)

Papers shed light on early years of 'Old Ironsides,' Navy

Oct. 20, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum has acquired more than 150 documents, including correspondence from President George Washington's secretary of war and the leader of the Haitian Revolution, that shed light on the warship's early years and the young United States' first international conflict. The collection...

FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, passenger Cari Driggs, right, from Provo, Utah, waits to board a United Airlines flight to Hawaii for vacation at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. All leading U.S. airlines require passengers other than small children to wear masks during flights, but enforcement can be spotty. The Federal Aviation Administration has declined to require masks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

CDC: 'Strong recommendation' but no rule for masks on planes

Oct. 20, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for travelers, including a...

Funeral homes offer limousine rides to the polls nationwide

Oct. 20, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Some voters could ride in style to the polls on Election Day courtesy of funeral home limousines offered to chauffer older residents to voting booths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association expects to offer free rides to up to 300,000...

Postal carrier accused of stealing mail-in ballot in Miami

Oct. 20, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service carrier is accused of stealing a Miami-Dade County mail-in ballot, 10 gift cards and four prepaid debit cards earlier this month, federal authorities said. A federal complaint filed by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said that between Oct. 5 and 16,...

Satellite dishes inside Kevlar domes at the Kester Satellite Ground Station in Kester, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. This week, the site at Kester, which has been in use for decades but was totally overhauled in 2014, is set to fall under a new orbit, when NATO announces that it is creating a space center to help manage satellite communications and key parts of its military operations around the world. (AP Photo/Lorne Cook)

NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

Oct. 20, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

KESTER, Belgium (AP) — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some folks claim to have seen mysterious Russians in the area. Over the years, rumors have swirled that it might be a base for U.S. nuclear warheads. It’s...

People stand near a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, echoing Wall Street's decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid for the economy before the U.S. presidential election.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track Wall Street fall as virus aid hopes fade

Oct. 19, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, tracking Wall Street's overnight decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid for the U.S. economy before the U.S. presidential election. Investors have been focusing on U.S. economic stimulus amid global uncertainty about the...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Transportation Security Administration agents process passengers at the south security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver, as travelers deal with the effects of the new coronavirus. TSA, the government agency that oversees air travel, said the number of passengers screened for flights topped one million in a day on Sunday, Oct. 18 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak last March.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

Oct. 19, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress made since the darkest days of pandemic for the...