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New Orleans: Protesters demand action on damaged hotel

Rebecca Santana, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 5:12pm

Dozens of protesters marched from the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter to City Hall on Friday, demanding that something be done about the hotel and that the two bodies still inside be recovered.

Fitch upgrades Greek credit rating by 1 notch to BB

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 4:50pm

Fitch ratings agency on Friday raised Greece's credit rating by one notch to BB with a positive outlook, implying that a further upgrade could come in the future.

California OKs highly questioned LA County voting system

Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 4:46pm

a first of its kind for the nation — but is requiring modifications to address serious security and technical problems identified in testing.

The big lesson from the Bezos hack: Anyone can be a target

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 4:43pm

You may not think you're in the same league as Jeff Bezos when it comes to being a hacking target. Probably not, but you — and just about anyone else, potentially including senior U.S. government figures — could still be vulnerable to an attack similar to one the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner apparently experienced.

First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 4:16pm

The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a living room feel to a brewery-style tasting room with a TV to watch football games.

No contest plea in crash that killed workers after hurricane

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 4:02pm

A man prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael faces the possibility of life in prison.

US fines Delta $50,000 for booting off 3 Muslim passengers

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 3:27pm

the other passenger claimed — the man inserted something in his phone. The flight attendant said she walked by and saw the man writing “Allah” several times while texting on his phone.

California couple pleads guilty to plotting $1B Ponzi scheme

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 3:05pm

The owners of a San Francisco Bay Area solar energy company pleaded guilty Friday to charges that they plotted a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1 billion.

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

Paul Wiseman and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 3:04pm

Wuhan, Ezhou, Huanggang, Qianjiang and Xiantao — until further notice. Its operations are running in other cities in Hubei where public transportation is available.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Beatrice Dupuy and Arijeta Lajka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 2:54pm

one for avian infectious bronchitis virus, and another for SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome. SARS led to a global epidemic in 2003 that affected more than 8,000 people globally and killed more than 770. None of the deaths were in the U.S. Confusion surrounding the patents appears to stem from use of the word coronavirus when describing the current situation. Coronavirus is a broad name for a family of viruses that includes the common cold, but when found in bats, camels and other animals it has evolved into more severe illnesses, as was the case with the SARS epidemic. Social media users sharing what they believe to be patents for the new virus, a member of the coronavirus family, are in fact sharing separate patents for avian infectious bronchitis virus and SARS. In 2015, The Pirbright Institute filed for the patent related to the avian infectious bronchitis virus, which infects poultry, according to Justia, a legal information database. The patent also covers porcine delta-coronavirus that infects pigs. Both are in the coronavirus family. In a statement to The Associated Press, Pirbright confirmed that the patent is not for the new virus and that the research institute in Surrey, England, does not currently work with human coronaviruses. The patent being shared online covers the development of a weakened form of the coronavirus that could be used as a vaccine to prevent respiratory diseases in birds and other animals, according to the institute. Some posts with the false claims were spread by anti-vaccination accounts on Facebook and Twitter, where they received hundreds of shares. Social media users were also sharing a link to the Google patent site which shows a coronavirus patent for SARS, not the new virus. A spokesman with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told The Associated Press that the patent is not related to the new coronavirus. “SARS was caused by a different coronavirus,” the spokesman said. “We are still in the process of learning a lot about this virus, including exactly what may be the natural host of this virus.”

Walmart tests higher hourly starting wages in 500 stores

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 1:12pm

Walmart says it's testing higher wages for new hourly positions at 500 of its U.S. stores as part of an overall strategy to better empower its staff.

Suspect in Georgia teacher's death files 2nd pretrial appeal

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 1:01pm

A man charged with murder is once again asking Georgia's highest court to hear an appeal before he stands trial in the slaying of a high school teacher whose 2005 disappearance remained a mystery for more than a decade.

Group's video shows suffering at Iowa lawmaker's pig farm

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:50pm

An animal welfare group gained access to an Iowa state lawmaker’s hog farm and has posted a video on the internet that shows pigs suffering and even dying in what appear to be inhumane conditions.

Homeowner: Airbnb guest threw party that trashed island home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:41pm

The owner of an island home off South Carolina's coast is suing Airbnb, claiming it only reimbursed him for a “fraction” of the damages that a guest who threw a big party did to his home.

US says e-commerce firms need to do more about fake goods

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:13pm

E-commerce has unleashed an increasing torrent of fake merchandise upon the world and private companies and the U.S. government must do more to address the problem, Trump administration officials said Friday as they released a plan aimed at cracking down on counterfeit goods.

2 lawyers on Trump defense team shared Epstein as a client

Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:10pm

Two of the lawyers on President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team have shared another client: Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr both helped the late hedge fund manager and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein win a lenient sentence for abusing underaged girls.

Amtrak train hits maintenance truck; 6 are slightly injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 11:37am

An Amtrak train collided Friday with a maintenance truck working on the tracks in Connecticut, resulting in minor injuries to six people on the train, officials said.

Update on the latest business

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 11:17am

Stock indexes are falling in midday trading on Wall Street amid increasing fears that a deadly virus could continue spreading globally.

No charges filed in fatal stabbing on Minnesota light rail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 11:04am

Minnesota prosecutors say no charges will be filed in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred on a light rail in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington.