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Hacked software provider won’t say if ransomware involved

DALLAS (AP) — A day after informing customers that it had been hacked by an unknown intruder, a major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments —including posting election data online— said the impact appeared limited and there is no reason to believe its customers ...

Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for ...

Evel Knievel’s son suing Disney over ‘Toy Story 4’ character

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evel Knievel's son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year's ...

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States. Yin Weidong, the CEO of SinoVac, vowed to apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell ...

Owner of fire-stricken ship to pay $1.8M for Sri Lankan help

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka's coast has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official said Thursday. MT New Diamond, which was carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, ...

Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press ...

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into ...

Innocent Madoff investors must pay back profits, court rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors who profited from Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme even though they knew nothing of it must still pay back their profits, an appeals court decided Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan upheld lower-court decisions in cases filed by ...

Trump lawyers: DA’s fight for tax returns built on innuendo

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns is resorting to "speculation and innuendo" to justify his demands, the president's lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd U.S. ...

BMW fined $18 million for inflating monthly US sales figures

DETROIT (AP) — BMW will pay an $18 million fine to settle allegations that it inflated its monthly U.S. sales numbers for five straight years. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that the German luxury automaker kept a reserve of unreported sales that it drew on to meet ...

Hanford contractors agree to pay $58 million fine for fraud

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two companies that do work at a former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday afternoon announced the ...

US stocks end higher as market volatility continues

Stocks eked out modest gains Thursday even as volatility continued to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% after earlier swinging between a loss of 0.9% and a gain of 1.3%. The market notched widespread gains, though technology stocks powered ...

AP EXPLAINS: Biden’s sizable but not radical tax plans

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump describes Democratic challenger Joe Biden as a "tool" of "radical socialists" who are bent on taxing every American business and household into bankruptcy. Some progressives say Biden is a corporate crony who will never address systemic inequalities in ...

BP gas station and convenience store on Amherst Street under new ownership

NASHUA – Amer Khan, the new owner of the BP gas station and convenience store at 485 Amherst St., is planning a grand opening for the near future. In addition to BP gasoline and diesel fuel, the store will carry drinks and "other typical convenience store products," Khan said. He is ...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s next big bet rides on better batteries

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Tesla is working on new battery technology that CEO Elon Musk says will enable the company within the next three years to make sleeker, more affordable cars that can travel dramatically longer distances on a single charge. But the battery breakthroughs that Musk ...

Facebook: Fake pages from China tried to disrupt US politics

Facebook says it has removed a small network of fake accounts and pages that originated in China and focused on disrupting political activity in the U.S. and several other countries. The U.S.-focused activity was just a "sliver" of the accounts' overall activity and gained almost no ...

Nike shakes off pandemic blues with surging online sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike appears to have recovered from its pandemic slump, posting a solid quarterly profit driven by soaring online sales of its sneakers and workout apparel. The world's largest sports apparel maker on Tuesday reported a net profit of $1.5 billion profit, or 95 cents per ...

Wall Street steadies itself, halting 4-day losing streak

Stocks on Wall Street shrugged off an early slide and closed higher Tuesday, halting the first four-day losing streak since the market was selling off in the early days of the pandemic. The S&P 500 climbed 1.1%, led by solid gains in technology and communications stocks, and companies ...