Zuckerberg-funded scientists: Rein in hate on Facebook
BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of scientists doing research funded by Mark Zuckerberg say Facebook should not be letting President Donald Trump use the social media platform to “spread both misinformation and incendiary statements.” The researchers, including 60 professors at leading U.S.
OPEC, allied nations extend nearly 10M barrel cut by a month
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC and allied nations agreed Saturday to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July, hoping to encourage stability in energy markets hard hit by the coronavirus-induced global economic crisis.
New jobs report diminishes GOP appetite for more virus aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — A stronger than expected jobs report could further scramble an already uncertain picture for passing a fifth and possibly final coronavirus aid bill.
How messaging technology is helping fuel global protests
When a friend shared a Facebook post with Michelle Burris inviting her to protest in downtown Washington, D.C., last Saturday, she knew she had to go.
Government job losses are piling up, and it could get worse
Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services — from schools to trash pickup.
SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard.
Virus exposes sharp economic divide: College vs. non-college
BALTIMORE (AP) — For an American workforce under continuing threat from the coronavirus, the best protection might just be a college degree.
By the numbers: Trump reads economic boom into jobs data
CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has always been a big numbers guy. He’s proved adept at taking even the grimmest numbers and giving himself a pat on the back or relying on a creative use of data to make himself look good.
China urges citizens to shun Australia as dispute simmers
BEIJING (AP) — China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing’s latest attempt to punish the country for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic.
Facebook removes nearly 200 accounts tied to hate groups
Facebook has removed nearly 200 social media accounts linked to white supremacy groups that planned to encourage members to attend protests over police killings of black people — in some cases with weapons, company officials said Friday.
Citing jobs, Trump claims victory over virus, econ collapse
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump effectively claimed victory over the economic crisis and COVID-19 on Friday as well as major progress against racial inequality, heartily embracing a better-than-expected jobs report in hopes of convincing a discouraged nation he deserves another four years in office.
Nations try to get back on their feet but job cuts continue
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.
US will allow limited flights by Chinese airlines, not a ban
The Trump administration said Friday it will let Chinese airlines operate a limited number of flights to the U.S., backing down from a threat to ban the flights.
Reddit co-founder leaves board, urges black replacement
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from the board of the social media site and urged the board to replace him with a black candidate.
Wall Street's rally zooms higher after surprise gain in jobs
For weeks, critics said Wall Street’s big rally made no sense when the economy seemed set for only more despair. On Friday, it got a bit of validation.
US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3% amid outbreak
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment dropped unexpectedly in May to 13.3% as reopened businesses began recalling millions of workers faster than economists had predicted, triggering a big rally Friday on Wall Street and giving President Donald Trump something to boast about in his reelection bid.
AP Explains: Key takeaways from a surprising jobs report
BALTIMORE (AP) — No one saw it coming — 2.5 million job gains in May and a lower unemployment rate. Economists, political aides and business leaders had been bracing for another horrific month of job cuts and swelling unemployment.
US consumers shunned borrowing in April as economy shut down
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer borrowing plunged in April as households fretted about the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and cut back on their use of credit.
Twitter disables Trump campaign's George Floyd video tribute
Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S.
Malaria drug didn't help virus patients, big UK study finds
Leaders of a large study in the United Kingdom that is rigorously testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and other medicines for hospitalized COVID-19 patients say they will stop putting people on the drug because it’s clear it isn’t helping.
Putin chastises Russian tycoon over massive Arctic oil spill
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday chastised the billionaire owner of a nickel giant for negligence resulting in a massive fuel oil spill that has inflicted huge damage on a fragile Arctic region.
Despite global reopening push, some jobs are gone for good
BANGKOK (AP) — Factories and stores are reopening, economies are reawakening – but many jobs just aren’t coming back. That’s the harsh truth facing workers laid off around the world, from restaurants in Thailand to car factories in France, whose livelihoods fell victim to a virus-driven recession that’s accelerating decline in struggling industries and upheaval across the global workforce.
Canadian economy unexpectedly adds 289,600 jobs in May
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Statistics Canada reported Friday the Canadian economy added 289,600 jobs in May, with businesses reopening amid easing public health restrictions.
Unemployment rate falls to 13.3%, US adds 2.5 million jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May from 14.7%, and 2.5 million jobs were added — a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy in the wake of the viral pandemic.
Malaysian ex-PM to hear verdict in 1st graft case in July
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak was victimized by rogue bankers and should be acquitted of corruption charges linked to the massive looting of a state investment fund, his lawyers said Friday at the close of his first corruption trial over the scandal.