New companies face tough task overcoming pandemic, recession

NEW YORK (AP) — Julie Campbell had to rethink her new wallpaper business before she could sell her first sheet. Campbell launched Pasted Paper in February, but soon after, the corona...

Ex-girlfriend: Kansas House candidate was abusive last year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former girlfriend said she was slapped and choked in late December by a 19-year-old Kansas House candidate who already has admitted to circulating revenge porn and abusive online...

More companies pledge to give workers time to vote

A growing number of U.S. companies are pledging to give workers time off to vote in the presidential election this November, an effort that’s gaining steam despite the government’s reluctance to make ...

Laura slams Louisiana coast with fierce wind, surging sea

LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP) — Hurricane Laura pounded the Gulf Coast for hours with ferocious wind, torrential rains and rising seawater as it roared ashore over southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border...

Laura gains strength, could bring 'unsurvivable' storm surge

DELCAMBRE, La. (AP) — Laura strengthened Wednesday into a menacing Category 4 hurricane, raising fears of a 20-foot storm surge that forecasters said would be "unsurvivable” and capable of sinking ent...

Airbnb bans house parties worldwide, citing virus mandates

Airbnb is banning house parties worldwide as it tries to clean up its reputation and comply with coronavirus-related limits on gatherings. The San Francisco-based home sharing compan...

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___ Apple reaches $2 trillion market value as tech fortunes soar BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Apple has become the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trill...

Airbnb files preliminary paperwork for public stock offering

Airbnb on Wednesday filed preliminary paperwork for selling stock on Wall Street, undaunted by a global pandemic that has taken some wind out of its home-sharing business. The San Fr...

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___ Stocks rebound on Wall Street, S&P 500 trades above record NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 briefly traded above its record closing high Wednesday, nearly er...

In a first, Airbnb takes action against guest for party

For the first time, Airbnb is taking legal action against a guest for violating its ban on unauthorized parties. The San Francisco-based home sharing company said Wednesday it is ini...

Man charged after large party held at New Jersey mansion

ALPINE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is facing charges after he allegedly threw a large house party in one of the state’s ritziest towns. Police in Alpine said Monday they responded ...

Puerto Rico rolls back openings amid spike in COVID-19 cases

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Thursday announced major rollbacks including the closure of bars, gyms, marinas, theaters and casinos and restricted the use of beaches as the U....

Hungarian municipalities allowed to limit short-term rentals

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament approved legislation on Tuesday giving the country’s municipalities the right to set limits on short-term housing rentals in their jurisdictions. ...

To stop parties, Airbnb won't let some guests book homes

Airbnb will ban some younger U.S. guests from booking homes in their area as part of a continuing effort to crack down on unauthorized parties. The San Francisco-based home sharing c...

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread ...