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Denver teachers go on strike in latest US educator walkout

DENVER — Striking teachers picketed outside of schools and marched through Denver’s streets Monday as car horns blared in support of the latest U.S. walkout amid a swell of educator activism in at least a half-dozen states over the last year. Just over half of the 4,725 teachers called in ...

For Amazon, it’s business as usual despite CEO drama

NEW YORK — First it was a heart-wrenching tweet that he and his wife were getting a divorce after 25 years. Then a tabloid revealed that he’d been having an affair, releasing texts and photos of him and his mistress. As if either of those weren’t distracting enough, now Jeff Bezos — ...

Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics

LOS ANGELES — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges ...

Spotify takes a big jump into the podcasting game

NEW YORK — Spotify is making a bigger bet on podcasts as it looks to bring a Netflix-like model of original programs to the audio world. The music-streaming pioneer gobbled up two podcasting companies, Gimlet and Anchor, on Wednesday. Although streaming is becoming an increasingly popular ...

Trump introduces World Bank critic David Malpass to lead it

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday introduced David Malpass, a Treasury official he has nominated to lead the World Bank, as the “right person to take on this incredibly important job.” Malpass, who is now Trump’s undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury ...

A hill of beans: Soybeans upstage trade talks

WASHINGTON — Soybeans account for less than 1 percent of all the goods and services the United States sells the rest of the world. But somehow the humble legumes are upstaging weightier, thornier issues as the Trump administration tackles trade disputes with China, the European Union and ...

FX chief, Landgraf, says Netflix exaggerates viewership numbers

PASADENA, Calif. — Someone is standing up to television’s Goliath, with a prominent competitor saying Monday that Netflix is deceiving the public about what is a hit and what isn’t. John Landgraf, the FX Networks chief executive who has frequently pointed out the glut of scripted TV, ...

Google parent beats Q4 estimates, stock still drops

SAN FRANCISCO — Google parent company Alphabet beat Wall Street expectations for its fourth quarter earnings Monday, although its stock slid in after-hours trading over investor concerns about increased spending. Alphabet swung to a profit of $8.9 billion, up from a $3 billion loss in the ...

Nissan’s second thoughts on UK-made SUV add to Brexit worry

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy took another blow Sunday when Nissan canceled plans to make its new SUV in northern England amid continued uncertainty over the country’s future relations with the European Union. Nissan said it decided not to build the ...

US says 2 states must finish Colorado River drought plan

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Two states in the U.S. West have work to do on a plan to combat the shrinking supply of Colorado River water that 40 million people depend on but that’s threatened by a prolonged drought, a federal official said Friday. Complex agreements among water users in California ...

Fed sees low rates well into future and excites Wall Street

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve held its benchmark interest rate steady Wednesday and sent its strongest signal to date that it sees no need to raise rates anytime soon. Its message ignited a rally on Wall Street, which cheered the prospect of continued modest borrowing rates for the near ...

What utility’s bankruptcy could mean for climate, victims

NEW YORK — The nation’s largest utility has filed for bankruptcy in what some see as a test of how companies will deal with the fallout from climate change. Here are some questions and answers about what the bankruptcy could mean: Why did Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. file for ...

US charges Chinese tech giant Huawei, top executive

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday against Chinese tech giant Huawei, a top company executive and several subsidiaries, alleging the company stole trade secrets, misled banks about its business and violated U.S. sanctions. The charges were announced just ...

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

BILLINGS, Mont. — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in ...

APNewsBreak: Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

NEW YORK — The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The Associated Press has found. Twice in the past two ...

Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to vote on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies this week, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown ...

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend

The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday’s absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago. The ...

Ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn asks for bail

TOKYO — Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday asked for his release on bail from a two-month detention in Japan, promising he will report to prosecutors daily and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. “As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasize that I ...

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

LONDON — As Prime Minister Theresa May prepared her next move in Britain’s deadlocked Brexit battle, a senior opposition politician said Sunday that it’s unlikely the U.K. will leave the European Union as scheduled on March 29. A government minister, however, warned that failure to ...

Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration. Others, ...