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Grains mixed, livestock mixed.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 8:35am

Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Census hiccups in Alaska may offer preview for rest of US

Mike Schneider and Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 8:24am

More than a month into the start of the 2020 census in rural Alaska, some workers going door to door have grown frustrated by not knowing when they will get their next assignments. Others have bought gear to protect against the brutal cold only to find out they're not getting paid back. And a smartphone app to log hours worked is difficult to use in the field, census takers told The Associated Press.

Stocks fall on Wall Street, head for worst week since 2008

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:43am

U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday and were on track for their worst week since October 2008 as the spreading coronavirus threatens to derail the global economy.

Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street, shaving 2.5% off Dow, and are headed for their worst week since October 2008

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:32am

Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street, shaving 2.5% off Dow, and are headed for their worst week since October 2008.

US consumer spending slowed in January while incomes jumped

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:40am

Americans pulled back on their spending in January, even as their incomes surged, a sign the economy was growing modestly before the threat of coronavirus arose.

US consumer spending growth slowed in January while incomes jumped

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:35am

US consumer spending growth slowed in January while incomes jumped.

VW agrees to $912 million payments for Germans who sued

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:12am

German auto giant Volkswagen agreed Friday to pay 830 million euros ($912 million) in damages to hundreds of thousands of customers whose diesel cars were outfitted with software to manipulate emissions readings.

Markets slide, auto show canceled as virus impact spreads

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 5:51am

Stock markets are heading for their worst week since 2008, Europe's top auto show has been canceled and companies keep lowering their earnings estimates. Here's a look at the latest developments:

Barclays bankers acquitted over fraud charges in Qatar deal

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:33am

Three former Barclays bankers were cleared Friday of fraud over a 4 billion-pound ($5.2 billion) investment deal with Qatar at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008.

Geneva auto show organizers confirm event will be canceled due to virus concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 3:57am

Geneva auto show organizers confirm event will be canceled due to virus concerns.

Geneva auto show canceled as Swiss ban big events over virus

Jamey Keaten and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:31am

The Geneva auto show was canceled after the Swiss government put an immediate ban Friday on all public and private events involving more than 1,000 people in order to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:23am

Asian stock markets plunged further today on spreading virus fears, deepening a global rout after Wall Street endured its biggest one-day drop in nine years.

Financial pain deepens as nearly 60 countries report virus

Foster Klug and Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:25pm

A deepening health crisis became an economic one too Friday as the coronavirus outbreak sapped financial markets, emptied shops and businesses and put major sites and events off limits.

Viral fear sparks global run on face masks

Dee-ann Durbin, Anne D'Innocenzio and Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:20pm

50%, by its own estimate. But even factories there that have ramped up production say they are hard pressed to meet local demand. The government has taken over manufacturers, and exports have plunged.

Market corrections: scary but also, in some cases, necessary

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 10:15pm

After six days of being pounded by a virus-induced, global sell-off, U.S. markets hit a milestone this week.

Alaska officials react strongly to JPMorgan oil pullback

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:40pm

Alaska state officials reacted with alarm this week after a second large U.S. bank said it would not support future oil and gas projects in the Arctic.

Japan sends vice justice minister to Lebanon on Ghosn case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 9:03pm

A Japanese vice minister for justice is heading to Lebanon for talks on the case of former Nissan Motor Co. executive Carlos Ghosn, who fled for his home country late last year while out on bail awaiting trial.

Cultural preservation among options in oil and gas plan

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 8:59pm

The preservation and protection of Native American cultural sites would be a priority of U.S. land managers under one of the options up for consideration as they work to amend an outdated guide for management of oil and gas drilling across a sprawling area of northwestern New Mexico.

Judge vacates directive over energy lease public comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 7:37pm

A judge in Idaho has overturned a federal directive to curtail environmental review and eliminate mandatory public comment periods concerning oil and gas leasing on some public lands.