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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 1:48am

Asian shares rose today after Wall Street extended its gains for a third straight day, driven by optimism over economies reopening from shutdowns to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

Asian shares rise as Wall Street gains for 3rd straight day

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 12:48am

Asian shares rose Wednesday after Wall Street extended its gains for a third straight day, driven by optimism over economies reopening from shutdowns to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

Asia Today: S Korea reopening schools despite spike in cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 11:43pm

South Korea on Wednesday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defended its decision to reopen schools despite health risks.

UN urges help for countries near `debt distress' from virus

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:35pm

The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council called for urgent action Tuesday to help the growing number of countries already facing or at risk of “debt distress” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zuckerberg still under fire over inflammatory Trump posts

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:01pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t budging over his refusal to take action on inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump that spread misinformation about voting by mail and, many said, encouraged violence against protesters.

UK's Johnson pledges to let in Hong Kong citizens if needed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:01pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens, as the city's leader arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their future.

Mexico's president goes full-steam ahead with Mayan train

MarÍa Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:00pm

Residents of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula remember riding trains to visit relatives or sell their produce decades ago, so when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made a nostalgic pitch to build a “Mayan train” through the region's jungles the mainly indigenous residents were initially receptive to the idea.

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 7:02pm

In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small cities across America.

Zuckerberg still under fire over inflammatory Trump posts

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 6:05pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t budging over his refusal to take action on inflammatory posts by President Donald Trump that spread misinformation about voting by mail and, many said, encouraged violence against protesters.

1 of few black-owned pot shops in the US robbed in Boston

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 5:52pm

Boston's lone retail marijuana shop is dealing with another setback.

Senate confirms special watchdog for pandemic recovery

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 4:01pm

The Senate has confirmed a new inspector general to oversee money distributed as part of the $2 trillion economic rescue law, putting at least one watchdog in place as oversight of the money has lagged.

Weekend protest coverage boosts cable news viewership

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 3:51pm

For many Americans, the unrest sweeping through several cities this past weekend was reason enough to stay home and watch it on television.

Eagles' Don Henley asks Congress to change copyright law

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 3:32pm

Eagles songwriter Don Henley urged Congress on Tuesday to “Take It to the Limit” to protect artists against online pirating, wading into a copyright fight pitting Hollywood and the recording industry against big tech platforms like Google’s YouTube.

Tech-rights group sues Trump to stop social-media order

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 3:04pm

A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech.

Zoom booms as pandemic drives millions to its video service

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:46pm

Zoom Video Communications is rapidly emerging as the latest internet gold mine as millions of people flock to its conferencing service to see colleagues, friends and family while tethered to their homes during the pandemic.

Bell, Telus give 5G contracts to Europeans, Huawei shut out

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:42pm

Two of Canada’s three major telecommunication companies announced Tuesday they’ve decided not to use Chinese tech giant Huawei for their next-generation 5G wireless network.

Experts watch as Rio de Janeiro economy starts to reopen

Diane Jeantet, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:40pm

Rio de Janeiro, one of the cities worst hit by COVID-19 in Brazil, slowly started to reopen on Tuesday, more than two months after non-essential businesses were forced to shut down in order to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

Recent college grads benefiting from impact of landmark ADA

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:39pm

Recent college graduates with disabilities are as likely as their peers without disabilities to hold jobs, according to a national survey that suggests they have benefited from coming of age under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Los Angeles mayor takes knee amid peaceful protests

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:32pm

Thousands thronged the streets of Los Angeles in peaceful protests Tuesday and smaller demonstrations dotted California while authorities renewed overnight curfews in LA and other areas that have seen clashes with police and groups of thieves wreck hundreds of businesses.