Pandemic a boon for the bicycle as thousands snap them up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joel Johnson hadn’t owned a bicycle since he was 15, but the pandemic changed all that. Johnson first bought a multipurpose bike to avoid the germs on crowded b...

In fight against virus, South Africa expects a long wait

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With her winning smile and outgoing nature, Fino Dlamini was a natural to succeed in South Africa’s booming tourism industry. Her bicycle tours of Soweto took vis...

Thousands on bicycles protest against government in Slovenia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Thousands of Slovenians on bicycles staged a new protest Friday against the center-right government, continuing weekly protests that started at the height of the new coronav...

Taiwanese whizzing by on mobility scooters could soon face fines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Users of mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs in Taiwan could soon face fines if they exceed a newly proposed speed limit, after legislators on Thursday (May 21) gave...

Virus fallout dampens spirits as Muslims mark major holiday

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslims worldwide will celebrate one of their biggest holidays under the long shadow of the coronavirus, with millions confined to their homes and others gripped by economic concerns ...

Paris awakens after 2-month slumber to world of yore, slowly

PARIS (AP) — After a two-month freeze, Paris slowly awakened on Monday to the world it had lost under lockdown as hairdressers, florists, nail salons and some other businesses reopened - but under man...

Intel buys Israeli urban mobility startup Moovit for $900M

JERUSALEM (AP) — Intel said Monday that it has purchased Israeli urban mobility startup Moovit for $900 million. The California-based chipmaker said the purchase buttresses its plan ...

Mayor praises New Yorkers for warm weather social distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers were mostly adhering to social distancing rules while outside enjoying the warmest weekend in a spring clouded by the coronavirus crisis, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. ...

Cycle power: Bikes emerge as a post-lockdown commuter option

MADRID (AP) — Halfway through his 30-minute bike ride to work, police ordered Juan Pasamar to dismount, accusing him of breaking Spain’s coronavirus lockdown rules by exercising in public. The officer...

As warmer weather beckons, NYPD to enforce social distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — As warmer temperatures tempted New Yorkers to come out of quarantine, police dispatched 1,000 officers this weekend to enforce social distancing and a ban on congregating in public spa...

Making public transit safe a next hurdle in easing lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around ra...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

With many U.S. states lifting their restrictions according to their own timetables and needs, Americans are facing a bewildering multitude of decisions about what they should and should not do to prot...

COVID-19 reinforces an economist's warnings about inequality

BALTIMORE (AP) — Against all odds, Thomas Piketty pocketed a small fortune from the publication of a weighty book about the perils of economic inequality and the necessity of wealth taxes. ...

Lives Lost: Brothers journey from rural Mexico to life in US

To drivers on the George Washington Bridge, Martin Morales probably looked like just another weekend warrior in his windbreaker and bicycle helmet, out for a ride in the suburbs across the river from ...

Poles divided on `draconian` abortion, sex education bills

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers on Wednesday are debating draft laws backed by a conservative Catholic group that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize school sex education and...