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American Express 4Q profit fell 15% on virus impact

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — American Express said its fourth-quarter profits dropped by 15% from a year ago, as the global pandemic kept cardmembers from dining out, traveling and entertaining. ...

US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic. ...

AP PHOTOS: Shopping and dining out: Wuhan a year later

WUHAN, China (AP) — Couples go on dates, families dine out at restaurants, shoppers flock to stores. Face masks aside, people are going about their daily life pretty much as normal in the Chinese city...

Taiwan cracks down on post-quarantine dining ahead of Lunar New Year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Individuals who are supposed to be monitoring their own health for signs of the coronavirus will be fined up to NT$300,000 (US$10,700) if they are caught dining with frien...

Japan's prime minister weighs state of emergency

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday vaccine approval was being speeded up and border controls beefed up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and he promised to consider ...

Asian shares mixed as boost from US stimulus package fades

Asian shares were mixed Wednesday after a lackluster day on Wall Street, as the boost from President Donald Trump’s signing of the coronavirus relief package faded. Benchmarks fell ...

Trump's hesitation on relief bill will delay aid payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $900 billion economic relief package that President Donald Trump signed over the weekend will deliver vital aid to millions of struggling households and businesses. Yet his nearl...

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can’t dance. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. ...

Congress' rescue aid: A dose of support, but is it enough?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $900 billion economic relief package that emerged from Congress over the weekend will deliver vital aid to millions of households and businesses that have been struggling for mon...

'Do as I say': Anger as some politicians ignore virus rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Denver's mayor flies to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with his family — after urging others to stay home. He later says he was thinking with “my heart and not my head." A Penn...

Swiss say Uber Eats must register as postal service provider

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say food delivery service Uber Eats counts as a postal service provider -- and needs to be regulated as such. Switzerland’s postal supervisory authori...

Hopeful sign: Midwestern states see drop in new virus cases

After a punishing fall that left hospitals struggling, some Midwestern states are seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases. But the signs of improvement are offset by the infection's accelerating spr...

Business Highlights

___ Across US and Europe, pandemic’s grip on economies tightens WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening of the viral pandemic across the United States and Europe is threate...

Japan's economy grows 22.9% in 3Q, bouncing back from COVID

MITO, Japan (AP) — Japan has reported its economy expanded at a 22.9% annual rate in the last quarter, as businesses and personal spending recovered from pandemic-related shocks in the spring and earl...

The Latest: Germany says vaccinations to start in early Jan.

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help ...