Robert Jablon, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 6:01am
A private equity firm announced Friday what it calls legally binding commitments designed to ease concerns that its proposed $1.1 billion private takeover of the dot-org domain-setting registry would lead to price gouging and censorship.
Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 3:33am
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense.
Grant Peck, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 2:05am
Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.
Three days — and no verdict for the jury considering Harvey Weinstein’s fate. During yesterday’s discussions, the panel focused on the testimony of Annabella Sciorra. “The Sopranos” says Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s. The panel has already looked at emails Weinstein sent about Sciorra — including ones to a private Israeli spy agency he allegedly used to dig up dirt on would-be accusers. Prosecutors say the emails were sent in 2017, as reporters were looking into Weinstein’s dealings with women. That fall, Vanity Fair published an article that broke the Weinstein scandal, leading to his being fired from the company he co-founded — and ousted from the motion picture academy.
Asian stock markets have followed Wall Street lower after a rise in virus cases in South Korea refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Markets had been gaining on hopes the viral outbreak that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan might be under control. Stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data and interest rate cuts by several Asian central banks have helped to buoy sentiment. But investors were jarred by South Korea's report of 52 new cases of the coronavirus. That renewed concern the infection is spreading in South Korea, Singapore and other Asian economies.
Major contributors to the European Union's budget blocked progress at an emergency summit on Friday, insisting that they would not stump up more funds for the bloc's next long-term spending package, worth around one trillion euros ($1.1 trillion).
The outbreak of the new virus threatens to erase $29 billion of this year's revenue for global airlines, mostly for Chinese carriers, as travel crashes worldwide, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Adam Beam, Associated Press | PostedFeb 20th - 8:34pm
California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedFeb 20th - 8:09pm
The political impasse that has paralyzed Haiti is sending its economy deeper into recession, with 4.6 million people needing humanitarian aid — and there is no immediate end in sight, the U.N. envoy for Haiti said Thursday.
Over the objections of environmentalists, California regulators approved a proposal Thursday to allow builders to construct homes without solar panels, a decision critics said undercuts California’s seven-week-old law that all new houses have their own solar power.
The mayor of Berkeley, California, proposed a new housing policy Thursday aimed at giving renters first dibs when a property goes up for sale, as the state battles a severe housing shortage and homelessness that Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared his top priority.