Business Highlights

___ US retail sales rise for 3rd month but slowdown expected WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail purchases by 1.2% in July, with solid gains in appli...

Portuguese police complain about cartoon, deny racism

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s national police force said Friday it is filing a complaint at the public prosecutor’s office against a newspaper which published a cartoon featuring a man in police ...

US retail sales regain pre-virus pace but slowdown is likely

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their retail purchases by 1.2% in July, with solid gains in appliances and clothing, restoring sales to their level before the viral pandemic erupted in March. ...

Coronavirus pushing Cambodia back into poverty

Garment worker Ny Thea never expected she would be in such big trouble. Just recently she still earned about $300 (€253) per month in a clothing factory, and on top of that, she took in extra cas...

Stein Mart files for bankruptcy; to close nearly 300 stores

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — National discount department store chain Stein Mart filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after 112 years in business, and announced that it will close most, if not all, of its...

Simon, Authentic Brands buying Brooks Brothers for $325M

Brooks Brothers will be purchased for $325 million by a retail venture owned by licensing company Authentic Brands Group and mall owner Simon Property Group. The venture, called Spa...

Zimbabwe court orders chains removed from jailed journalist

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate Wednesday ordered prison authorities to unchain a journalist accused of mobilizing anti-government protests, but then ruled that his testimony of poor p...

AP Photos: Women with COVID give birth alone in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Before she gave birth in Peru’s largest maternity hospital, María Alvarez closed her eyes and made one request through her face mask. “Where’s my husband?″ she said...

Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend balks at prison conditions

NEW YORK (AP) — The reaction of federal prison officials to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide last year is to blame for onerous conditions a British socialite faces in jail while awaiting trial on charges tha...

Lack of body cameras fuels suspicion in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A police force with a history of brutality and racism created a new crime-fighting team, but on one of its first forays into the streets, the group did not wear body cameras, which woul...

Millennial Money: How we renegotiated our bills to cut costs

I know, I know. You’ve probably heard all about how you should renegotiate your bills to save money. But that’s easier said than done, right? That’s why I tried it out. I called up s...

Jailed Zimbabwean journalist is denied rights, say lawyers

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of ac...

Police bust biggest Dutch cocaine lab, arrest 17 suspects

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have dismantled what they describe as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands — hidden at a former horse riding school — and arrest...

Dutch police find Netherlands' largest cocaine factory

Dutch police said on Tuesday they dismantled what they desribed as the largest cocaine laboratory in the Netherlands. The lab was located in a former riding school in Nijveen, located 120 kilometers ...

Shooting near White House interrupts Trump's briefing on TV

WASHINGTON (AP) — A uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man during a confrontation near the White House that led to President Donald Trump being abruptly escorted out of a briefing roo...