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Games maker Ubisoft shakes up staff amid misconduct probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 4:19am

French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives and promising zero tolerance for “toxic" staff behavior following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment.

As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers

Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 11:02pm

At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and chips.

Asia Today: No masks on red carpet as Taiwan logs few cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 7:51pm

Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night as it holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases.

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 3:43pm

President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.

Lawyers seek to halt Purdue Pharma political contributions

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 10:48am

$185,000 in donations to associations whose members include the very public servants with whom the Debtors are attempting to negotiate a consensual resolution of these cases — are precisely the sort of transaction that demand close scrutiny,” they said in a filing.

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 9:37am

The coronavirus pandemic has taken away another summertime tradition in the U.S.: There will be no free Slurpees at 7-Elevens on Saturday — July 11 — to hail a date that doubles as an abbreviation of the convenience store chain's name.

Tribes struggle to meet deadline to spend virus relief aid

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 9:25am

As the coronavirus ripped through the Navajo Nation, it spotlighted longstanding inequities on the reservation where thousands of tribal members travel long distances for medical care, internet service is spotty at best and many homes lack electricity and even running water.

Biden forges brand of liberal populism to use against Trump

Bill Barrow and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 7:39am

Joe Biden stood in a Pennsylvania metal works shop, just miles from his boyhood home, and pledged to define his presidency by a sweeping economic agenda beyond anything Americans have seen since the Great Depression and the industrial mobilization for World War II.

COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers' comp

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 6:20am

Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they'll qualify for workers' compensation to cover lost wages and medical care.

AP FACT CHECK: If he's said it once, he's said it 100 times

Calvin Woodward, Hope Yen and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 5:59am

If saying things 100 times could make them true, President Donald Trump's account of how the U.S. is doing with the coronavirus would be true.

Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

Tamara Lush and Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 11:03pm

“The Most Magical Place on Earth” has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Latest: Third of South Africa cases in Gauteng province

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 10:45pm

South Africa is reporting another 13,497 confirmed coronavirus cases for a total of 264,184 including 3,971 deaths. More than a third of cases are in the new hot spot of Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria.

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state new cases drop to 216

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:54pm

The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day.

Social justice nonprofits pay $1.4M in bonds for protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:35pm

Oklahoma City's local Black Lives Matter chapter posted a total of $1.4 million in cash bonds to release four protesters from jail who were arrested and charged with various crimes during demonstrations against police brutality and racism.

US targets $1.3 billion in French imports in tech tax clash

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:34pm

The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to impose taxes on $1.3 billion in French imports — hitting handbags and makeup but sparing cheese and wine — in retaliation for France’s digital services tax on U.S. technology giants.

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

Ali Swenson, Beatrice Dupuy, Arijeta Lajka and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:14pm

a negative control gave a positive result —and thus, the test kits were not used and no patient received an inaccurate test result.” According to the review, “One of the three reagents in this initial batch of manufactured test kits was likely contaminated. These tests are so sensitive that this contamination could have been caused by a single person walking through an area with positive control material and then later entering an area where tests reagents were being manipulated,” the report states. Positive control material is the synthetic, non-infectious part of the virus. Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, professor of pediatric infectious diseases and of health research and policy at Stanford University School of Medicine, told the AP that this is not the live virus. The false post implies that nasal swab tests are tainted with the virus. “We only use sterile swabs,” Maldonado explained. “That’s actually the problem with getting the swab is that we have to make sure that they’ve been sterilized. We can’t just take Q-tips from a box.”

NY eases visitor ban aimed at curbing virus in nursing homes

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:59pm

Certain nursing homes in New York can allow visitors — with restrictions — starting July 15 as the state eases a ban aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly residents.

Facebook's software kit to blame for popular apps crashing

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:57pm

Friday's widespread crashes of popular apps running on the iPhone’s iOS operating system — including Tinder, Spotify and Pinterest — serve as a reminder that Facebook is still tracking you through your phone using sophisticated software, even if you're not browsing the social network.

Shipbuilder files complaint over union threats during strike

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:51pm

and hinting at violence.