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Europe's shift to electric cars picks up despite recession

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:47am

The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments.

Seafarers group: Tanker off UAE sought by US was 'hijacked'

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:19am

An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a seafarers organization said Wednesday.

Seafarers organization: Oil tanker sought by US over Iran sanctions was hijacked July 5 off United Arab Emirates coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 4:13am

Seafarers organization: Oil tanker sought by US over Iran sanctions was hijacked July 5 off United Arab Emirates coast.

Apple wins EU court case over $15 billion in claimed taxes

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 3:13am

A European Union court on Wednesday delivered a hammer blow to the bloc’s attempts to rein in sweetheart tax deals between multinationals and individual member countries when it ruled that technology giant Apple does not have to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland.

EU high court backs Apple, Ireland in EU’s landmark $15 billion tax case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 3:08am

EU high court backs Apple, Ireland in EU’s landmark $15 billion tax case.

China accuses Britain of helping Washington hurt Huawei

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:40am

China accused Britain on Wednesday of colluding with Washington to hurt Huawei after the Chinese tech giant was blocked from working on a British next-generation mobile phone network.

Chinese UK ambassador says Huawei decision 'unfair'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:23am

China’s ambassador to the U.K. has questioned whether Britain can offer a fair business environment following its decision to ban Huawei from taking part in the country’s high-speed wireless network.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:35am

Shares are mostly higher in Asia today as investors are encouraged by news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine under development by Moderna and the U.S. National Institutes of Health revved up people’s immune systems just as desired.

In virus era, back-to-school plans stress working parents

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:13am

For generations, school has been an opportunity for American children to learn and make friends. For many parents today, though, it's something that's elemental in a very different way: a safe place that cares for their children while they are at work — or a necessity for them to be able to work at all.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:05am

Officials say an autopsy has confirmed that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning. The Ventura County Medical Examiner says Tuesday that Rivera showed no signs of traumatic injury or disease that might have contributed to the drowning and there was no initial indication that drugs or alcohol played a role. Rivera’s body was found Monday in Southern California’s Lake Piru, five days after she went missing while boating with her 4-year-old son. The creators of “Glee” announced Tuesday that they’d be creating a college fund for the boy and remembered Rivera as joyful and immensely talented.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:05am

Peacock, one of the last big new streaming services to launch in the U.S., was supposed to get a big boost from carrying the Olympics. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the Games to 2021, so that didn’t work out for Peacock’s owner, Comcast’s NBCUniversal. It’s launching with fewer original shows than expected because of Hollywood’s shutdown; it also won’t initially work with two popular TV-streaming gadgets, Roku or Amazon Fire. But Peacock is hoping that blaring “free” in an ad campaign for the service will entice viewers wary of adding yet another video subscription to their stack.

Countries reimpose restrictions to curb virus resurgence

Costas Kantouris, Vanessa Gera and Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 12:49am

Countries around the world are reimposing lockdowns and implementing new health restrictions at their borders in an effort to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus before it spins even further out of control.

Nissan rolls out new electric crossover, aims to boost image

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 12:03am

Nissan unveiled an electric crossover vehicle Wednesday, the Japanese automaker’s first major all-new model since getting embroiled in the scandal surrounding its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

The Latest: Zimbabwe postpones reopening of schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:45pm

Zimbabwe has postponed the reopening of schools scheduled for the end of this month, citing rising numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

ViacomCBS drops Nick Cannon, cites 'anti-Semitic' comments

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:38pm

Nick Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer, the media giant said.

Chaotic protests prompt soul-searching in Portland, Oregon

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:26pm

Nearly two months of nightly protests that have devolved into violent clashes with police have prompted soul-searching in Portland, Oregon, a city that prides itself on its progressive reputation but is increasingly polarized over how to handle the unrest.

Without waiter jobs, what happens to creative New York?

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:13pm

It’s been the story for many a starry-eyed creative type looking for a big break in the Big Apple — wait tables to pay the bills while auditioning, performing, singing, painting, dancing, writing, whatever it takes to make the dreams of success come true.

McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:14pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers.

Biden's Texas ad signals opportunity in GOP stronghold

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:13pm

from members of Congress to the president — on what we did and what we didn’t do during this crisis.”