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Shoppers pass an Indigo Friday 40% Off sign Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home

Nov. 28, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. That was a 22% increase over the previous record...

Thousands comment on proposed Mississippi pump project

Nov. 28, 2020 11:15 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says thousands of people have sent comments about a proposal for huge pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta. They represent a wide range of viewpoints, Vicksburg District spokeswoman Jessica Dulaney told The Vicksburg Post....

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Friday as questions about the effectiveness of one possible coronavirus vaccine weighed on investor optimism. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks rise on Wall Street as S&P 500 hits record high

Nov. 27, 2020 2:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 rose to a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the global economy. The benchmark index rose 8.70 points, or 0.2%, led by gains in technology companies, and closed at an all-time high of 3,638.35....

Audit finds risks with Baltimore County schools network

Nov. 27, 2020 11:58 AM EST

TOWNSON, Md. (AP) — A state audit released this week concluded that the computer network of Baltimore County public schools did not safeguard sensitive personal information and had other serious risks. The Office of Legislative Audits released the report of the assessment Tuesday, the day before the school...

FILE - Gov. Bill Lee speaks during the Tennessee Higher Education Commission session of the state budget hearings Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.  A prominent voucher group’s outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition. According to emails detailing the implementation efforts, officials were clashing with the American Federation for Children as it rushed to get the voucher program up and running.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Emails: School choice org caused 'confusion' in voucher plan

Nov. 27, 2020 10:17 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent voucher group's outreach efforts to families of students “caused nothing but confusion” while Tennessee attempted to enact a program that would have allowed parents to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, a state official said in emails...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York. In the years since Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the White House, the tech industry's political fortunes have flipped. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny

Nov. 27, 2020 7:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America's tech companies — a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone. Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2019, file photo, a sign bearing the company logo stands outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. U.S. safety regulators are continuing their investigation into complaints that Tesla’s giant touch screens can fail and cause the cars to lose the rear camera display and other functions. A preliminary investigation was opened in June 2020 covering 63,000 Model S vehicles. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

US agency investigating Tesla front suspension failures

Nov. 27, 2020 7:03 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints that suspensions can fail on nearly 115,000 Tesla electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 43 complaints that linkages near the ball joints can fail, allowing contact between the...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. USA., The  coalition of technology and publishing companies, Marketers for an Open Web said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, they have asked  U.K. competition watchdog  to investigate Google's plans to revamp its ad data system, saying the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

Nov. 27, 2020 5:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses. The U.K. government said Friday that it's setting up a “Digital Markets Unit" next year...

FILE - Baylor guard Jared Butler dribbles up court against Kansas during an NCAA college basketball game in Waco, Texas, in this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo. Baylor opens this season only one poll point behind top-ranked Gonzaga in in the AP Top 25.  (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)

The Latest: No. 2 Baylor hoops makes surprise trip to Vegas

Nov. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ No. 2 Baylor made an unexpected Thanksgiving night flight to Las Vegas, where the Bears now hope to open their men’s basketball schedule with two games this weekend.. Baylor expects to play Saturday against an opponent...

Floats that are part of the modified Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are seen from the Empire State Building in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Due to the pandemic, no crowds of onlookers were allowed to attend the annual parade. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

Nov. 26, 2020 7:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their...