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Hand sanitizers, flu shots _ businesses' defense against flu

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:00am

As this winter's flu outbreak intensifies, small business owners try to keep their companies from being overwhelmed by employee absences.

French finance minister says his country will delay its digital tax and US will hold off retaliatory sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:23am

French finance minister says his country will delay its digital tax and US will hold off retaliatory sanctions.

DC sues Trump inaugural committee, alleging abuse of funds

Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:11am

The District of Columbia is suing President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and two companies that control the Trump International Hotel in the nation's capital, accusing them of throwing parties for the Trump family with nonprofit funds, and overpaying for event space at the hotel.

Gaultier bids the runway adieu on final day of couture

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:05am

As Jean Paul Gaultier prepared to bid adieu to the Paris couture runway with a fashion show and glitzy after-party at the Chatelet Theater, John Galliano put on a tongue-in-cheek show for Maison Margiela on the final day of Paris Fashion Week.

US home sales soared 3.8% in December

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:05am

U.S. home sales climbed 3.8% in December, but a record-low inventory of houses on the market has caused prices to surge as affordability is worsening.

US home sales soared 3.8% in December, but fast-rising prices are creating affordability risks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:02am

US home sales soared 3.8% in December, but fast-rising prices are creating affordability risks.

Kosovo PM hails deal on flights with Serbia as step forward

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:40am

Kosovo outgoing prime minister on Wednesday hailed the agreement with Serbia on a resumption of commercial flights, which will increase travel and economic ties between the Balkan nations.

Worker falls into vat of acid, dies; officials investigate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:39am

A worker fell into a chemical vat at a business in Ohio and died, authorities said.

WWII-era ammunition found at Tesla factory site near Berlin

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:32am

Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory.

Everyone invited: `Great Gatsby' copyright to end in 2021

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:00am

For decades, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and other characters from “The Great Gatsby” have been as real to millions of readers as people in their own lives, exemplars and victims of the American pursuit of wealth and status.

Images of starving lions in Sudan zoo spark global concern

Ashraf Idris, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:40am

At an impoverished, forlorn zoo in Sudan’s capital, the park's few remaining lions are starving in rusted cages — their ribs protruding, eyes glassy and skin flaccid, desperate for food and water.

NJ is 1st state to mandate severance pay for mass layoffs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:36am

New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to guarantee severance pay for mass layoffs, according to the bill's sponsors and the governor's office.

US, France reach tax deal averting broader trade war

Pan Pylas and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:16am

France will delay its tax on the digital business of big tech firms like Google and Faceook in exchange for the United States's promise to hold off retaliatory sanctions - a deal that could avert a broader trade dispute.

Cyprus: Turkey may have stolen data for latest gas drilling

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:06am

Turkey may have stolen technical data that enabled it send a drill ship at a specific location south of Cyprus that energy companies Eni and Total had pre-selected to carry out their own exploratory drilling, a Cypriot officials said Wednesday.

Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extreme weather

Rachel Lerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:00am

For two years running , California’s wildfires have sent plumes of smoke across Silicon Valley. So far, that hasn't spurred much tech innovation aimed at addressing extreme-weather disasters associated with climate change.

Automaker Daimler sees full-year earnings sag by half

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 4:31am

Germany's Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, saw operating earnings fall by half in 2019 as its flagship luxury brand suffered in a tougher global market, and due to more expenses tied to regulatory and legal issues with diesel cars.

Trump slams impeachment, lauds US economy at Davos forum

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 4:24am

President Donald Trump lashed out at his accusers in the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday but broke with some of his defenders as he reiterated his preference for witnesses to be called in the proceedings.

Edmunds: How to buy a high-demand car in a seller's market

Ronald Montoya Of Edmunds, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 4:00am

but not all — of the more outrageous markups: Dealers set the markups high with the expectation that customers will negotiate it down to a more reasonable level. It's a win-win for the dealership because even if you manage to cut a $5,000 markup in half, it's still making $2,500 on the sale. If you want that car now, this technique can still reap a significant improvement on the asking price. Let the salesperson know you're a serious buyer and be ready to act if the dealership is willing to come down on price.

The Latest: Hong Kong chief in Davos as city mired in crises

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 3:57am

The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):