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Telemedicine provider Teladoc to spend $18.5B on Livongo

Tom Murphy, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 5:47am

One of the nation’s biggest telemedicine providers will spend more than $18 billion to stoke an approach to care that grew explosively during the pandemic and recently received an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

Districts go round and round on school bus reopening plans

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 5th - 5:13am

School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place.

UK judge: Meghan friends can stay anonymous in privacy case

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:56am

A British judge ruled Wednesday that the Duchess of Sussex can keep the names of five close friends secret while she brings a privacy invasion lawsuit against a British newspaper — but he chided both sides in the case for playing out their battle in the media as well as the courtroom.

Asia Today: Australian state reports record virus increase

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:55am

Australia’s hot spot Victoria state announced a record 725 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday, while businesses in Melbourne city prepared to draw down their shutters as new pandemic restrictions are enforced.

Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion

Bassem Mroue and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:44am

Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks flooded with glass and rubble.

BMW reports loss for 2nd quarter but sees rebound in China

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 3:54am

German automaker BMW lost 212 million euros ($250 million) in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns cut vehicle sales by a quarter in the April-June period. The company saw a rebound in China, its biggest market.

Global shares up amid jitters over US stimulus, China trade

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 3:44am

Global markets and U.S. stock futures rose Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing.

Biden campaign announces $280 million ad buy through fall

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 5th - 3:30am

Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign is reserving $280 million in digital and television ads through the fall, nearly twice the amount President Donald Trump’s team has reserved.

Extra Space Storage: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

Automated Insights, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 5th - 3:08am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Extra Space Storage Inc. (EXR) on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The results topped Wall Street expectations.

The Latest: 44 test positive on Norwegian cruise ship

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 2:39am

The number of people on a Norwegian cruise ship who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 44, authorities said.

Japan's Honda reports loss in April-June as virus hits sales

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 2:29am

Japanese automaker Honda reported Wednesday that it sank into the red for the April-June quarter, as its sales plunged due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the U.S., Japan and India.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 11:05pm

Virgin Atlantic, the airline founded by British businessman Richard Branson, filed Tuesday for protection in U.S. bankruptcy court as it tries to survive the virus pandemic that is hammering the airline industry.

Virgin Australia plans to shed staff under new US owners

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 10:59pm

Virgin Australia plans to scale down its operations under new U.S. owners and shed a third of its staff as the carrier adjusts to the pandemic, the nation’s second-largest airline said on Wednesday.

Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 6

Bryan Anderson, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 10:21pm

At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 10:17pm

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

Asian shares fall on jitters over US stimulus, China trade

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 9:42pm

Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing.

3 shot, 1 fatally in violence on fashionable Chicago street

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 9:36pm

A shooting on one of Chicago’s most fashionable streets Tuesday left one person dead and two others injured, according to authorities.

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 9:21pm

A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine.

Zagg: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

Automated Insights, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 9:10pm

MIDVALE, Utah (AP) _ Zagg Inc. (ZAGG) on Tuesday reported a loss of $3.3 million in its second quarter.