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China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:10pm

Chinese regulators said Thursday more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh conflict with the Trump administration over air travel.

Las Vegas reopening from coronavirus casino closure

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:04pm

The casino coronavirus closure is ending, with cards to be dealt, dice to roll and slot jackpots to win again starting Thursday in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.

Report highlights voting inequities in tribal communities

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 11:03pm

Native American voting rights advocates are cautioning against states moving to mail-in ballots without opportunities for tribal members to vote safely in person.

Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:30pm

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Coronavirus strands merchant ship crews at sea for months

Elena Becatoros and Theodora Tongas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 10:00pm

For nearly four months, Capt. Andrei Kogankov and his oil tanker crew haven’t set foot on dry land. With global travel at a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian captain was forced to extend his normal contract. He still doesn’t know when he’ll be able to go home.

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 9:54pm

Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel.

Journalists wage legal fights after facing protest attacks

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 5:50pm

Journalists alarmed by dozens of incidents where reporters were shot at, manhandled, gassed or arrested while covering demonstrations touched off by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd are fighting back legally.

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 4:07pm

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that's been a central part of Washington's response to the corresponding economic crisis.

North Dakota tribe to fight ruling giving minerals to state

Dave Kolpack, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 3:40pm

Leaders of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota and others are challenging a Department of Interior opinion rolling back an Obama-era memo stating that mineral rights under the original Missouri River bed should belong to the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Editorial Roundup: US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 3:27pm

or at least the big events associated with it — is not about a Republican president vs. a “Democrat governor,” as Trump has called Cooper more than once. It isn’t about any of the ideological things the president and his supporters might like it to be about.

Germany's governing parties agree on $146 billion stimulus package to revive economy hit by coronavirus pandemic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 2:39pm

Germany's governing parties agree on $146 billion stimulus package to revive economy hit by coronavirus pandemic.

Pilgrim’s Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing

Dee-Ann Durbin and Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 2:36pm

The CEO of Pilgrim's Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives indicted Wednesday on charges of price-fixing.

Hints of economic reawakening amid mass, civic unrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 2:15pm

and the lowest monthly amount in the department’s figures, which go back to 1977. Along with a drop in prices, airlines spent $617 million on fuel in April, down from $3.1 billion in April 2019.

Nevada betting on health safety as Las Vegas casinos reopen

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 2:09pm

After 78 days of historic quiet, cards will be cut, dice will roll and jackpots can jingle again 12:01 a.m. Thursday at casinos in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.

Snapchat to stop 'promoting' Trump amid uproar over tweets

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:50pm

Snapchat will stop “promoting” President Donald Trump on its video messaging service, the latest example of a social media platform adjusting how it treats this U.S. president.

Gold, silver finish lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:26pm

The June gold contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed today at $1,697.80 an ounce, down $27.40.

Crude rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:23pm

Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 48 cents -- closing at $37.29 a barrel.

Dollar mixed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:22pm

The U.S. dollar is mixed against other North American currencies in New York trading.

Turkey, Russia cooperate on virus vaccine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:01pm

Turkey and Russia have agreed to cooperate in the development of a coronavirus vaccine and plan to carry out joint clinical trials, the Turkish health minister said Wednesday.