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Fortunes of China’s internet tycoons soar

By JOE McDONALD The Associated Press BEIJING — Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, held onto his status as China’s richest tycoon this year as surging demand for online shopping and other services during the coronavirus pandemic swelled the fortunes of internet entrepreneurs, ...

Landlords getting squeezed between tenants, lenders

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO The Associated Press NEW YORK — When it comes to sympathetic figures, landlords aren’t exactly at the top of the list. But they, too, have fallen on hard times, demonstrating how the coronavirus outbreak spares almost no one. Take Shad Elia, who owns 24 ...

Pricey upgrade set to begin at Coors brewery in Golden

By JOE RUBINO The Denver Post DENVER — As part of its corporate farewell to Denver, Molson Coors Beverage Co. vowed last fall to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the company’s brewing plant in Golden, the second-largest beer-making facility in the world. Now the scope of that ...

Study: COVID speeds up human vs machine standoff over work

By JAMEY KEATEN The Associated Press GENEVA — As automation and online work gain ground, organizers of the annual Davos forum are projecting employers will split work equally between machines and people by 2025, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating changes in the labor market. The ...

Beware high-risk homes that drive up insurance

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet When house hunting, the price of homeowners insurance probably isn’t top of mind. But homes with hidden risks can make getting coverage difficult, expensive or both. Learning how to identify them could save you a bundle. This could be a particularly important ...

Surprising things renters insurance covers

By SARAH SCHLICHTER NerdWallet Insurance is designed to offer peace of mind, but there’s a reason your policy has all that fine print: You might not have the coverage you expect. Like any other insurance policy, renters insurance has exclusions, and knowing about them ahead of time can ...

How to handle college loan debt as an unemployed recent grad

By ANNA HELHOSKI NerdWallet Entry-level jobs are scarce for recent college graduates, which leaves the Class of 2020 in a precarious position as their student loan debt comes due. Taylor Cabrera has been job-hunting for months since graduating from the University of Mississippi last ...

Millennial Money: Use a crisis to build helpful money habits

By AMRITA JAYAKUMAR NerdWallet As millennials, we’ve learned about money the hard way. From the Great Recession to stratospheric student loan debt to a pandemic, there’s been no shortage of life giving us lemons. While the long-term economic effects of the pandemic are yet to be ...

A brief history

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO Since the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the determination of President Donald Trump to fill her Supreme Court seat before Election Day with the traditionalist Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the concept of court packing has reared its head. The phrase ...

‘I want to feel America’

By CONNIE SCHULTZ They waited in the pouring rain on Wednesday, six feet apart and some of them without umbrellas, to cast their ballots in central Florida. One masked man caught the attention of another voter, and his video account made it to the ABC News Facebook page. “You see how ...

Some hospitals in crisis as U.S. nears high for COVID-19 cases

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge. The impact is being felt in every ...

Virus hospitalizations reach 1,000 in N.Y., highest since June

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in New York because of the coronavirus has climbed back over 1,000, officials said Friday, a figure that has increased in the last month but is still far below the peak level of the spring. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there were 1,023 ...

School districts face hard choices amid pandemic-era cuts

By MICHAEL HILL The Associated Press SCHENECTADY— The school year in this old industrial city started with a whack of a budget ax. Teachers, classroom aides and counselors were among the hundreds laid off with potential state aid cuts looming. Pre-K is suspended, online classes are at ...

Boseman’s legacy honored by hometown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There’s a hole in Anderson, South Carolina. It opened suddenly in August when Chadwick Boseman, one of the city’s favorite sons and an international star for his role as the Black Panther, died after a quiet battle with cancer at just 43 years old. Two months ...

Police recover stolen Ming dynasty vase

LONDON (AP) — British police say they have recovered a 15th-century Chinese vase valued at $3.3 million that was stolen in Switzerland last year. The Metropolitan Police force said Friday that they have arrested two men over the theft of the Ming dynasty vase. It is thought to have been ...

Postal delays persist with mail voting underway

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE The Associated Press U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late. Postal data through Oct. 9, released ...

Early voting begins today in New York

By MARINA VILLENEUVE The Associated Press ALBANY — New Yorkers are getting to vote early for the first time in a general presidential election, an attractive option for anyone worried about socially distancing on Election Day or concerned about voting by mail. In-person voting starts ...

Trump, Biden scrap on oil, virus with just over a week to go

By STEVE PEOPLES, WILL WEISSERT and JILL COLVIN The Associated Press THE VILLAGES, Fla. — President Donald Trump and his allies fought for support in pivotal battleground states Friday after a debate performance that gave new hope to anxious Republicans. Democrat Joe Biden, campaigning ...

Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President ...

Perfection on display when Steelers visit Titans, both 5-0

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press Maybe all the delays involving the Titans and the jumbled NFL schedule led to the kind of showcase game we all need. Pittsburgh (5-0) at Tennessee (5-0). Yes, the COVID-19 outbreak in Nashville provided some understandably nervous and upsetting ...