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Samsung projects 23% jump in 2Q profit on strong chip sales

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ” Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its operating profit for the last quarter likely rose 23% from the same period last year, helped by robust demand for memory chips used in personal computers and servers as the coronavirus pandemic has more people working from home.The South Korean technology giant will release more detailed information when it announces its finalized earnings later this month. It projected its operating profit during the April-June period […]

Wall Street slips as virus outbreaks dim rebound hopes

U.S. stocks are falling in early trading Tuesday as expanding coronavirus outbreaks dim hopes for a speedy recovery. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average followed benchmarks in France, Germany and Britain lower after the European Union slashed its forecasts for economic growth in 2020. Investors worry that recovery from the global recession and the lockdowns on businesses will take longer than expected. Stocks also fell in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, while the Shanghai Composite […]

Richmond removing statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ” Work crews began taking down an enormous monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be cleared away in less than a week as the Confederacy’s former capital rushes to remove symbols of oppression in response to protests against police brutality and racism.Crews went up in a cherry picker with power tools on Tuesday to separate the 22-foot-high bronze equestrian statue from its base, strapping it into a harness. A crane was ready to lift […]

Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

MOSCOW (AP) ” An adviser to the director of Russia’s state space corporation has been detained on treason charges, the nation’s top security agency said Tuesday.Ivan Safronov, a former journalist who served as an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency.Safronov’s arrest sent shock waves across Russian media, with many journalists questioning the treason charges and his former […]

In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

ATLANTA (AP) ” Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges will mandate campus-wide mask wearing after the state university system reversed itself on Monday.The University System of Georgia had previously told schools they should ‘strongly encourage’ students and others to wear masks, but said that the system’s 26 universities couldn’t mandate face coverings for their 330,000 students despite concerns about COVID-19 transmission.Masks became a central point of contention in […]

Medicare nursing home virus site leaves users 'in the dark'

WASHINGTON (AP) ” When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report their COVID-19 cases, it also promised to make the data available to residents, families and the public in a user-friendly way.But some facilities that have had coronavirus cases and deaths turn up as having none on Medicare’s COVID-19 nursing home website. Those data may be incomplete because the reporting requirements don’t reach back to the start of the pandemic.

Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be reused. A doctors association warns that physicians’ offices are closed because they cannot get masks and other supplies. And Democratic members of Congress are pushing the Trump administration to […]

Depp takes stand in libel trial, claims Amber Heard hit him

LONDON (AP) ” Johnny Depp gave evidence in a London court on Tuesday, denying claims that he hit ex-wife Amber Heard and accusing her of assaulting him and depicting him as a ‘monster.’Depp sat in the witness box in a wood-paneled High Court courtroom on the first day of his libel case against The Sun over an article that branded him a ‘wife-beater.’ The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star began by taking the court oath and giving his full name: John Christopher Depp II.Depp is […]

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

HONG KONG (AP) ” Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony.A year ago, Hong Kong residents felt secure enough in their freedoms under the territory’s ‘one-country, two-systems’ regime to bring their children to mass protests. Now, after the June 30 implementation of the security law, some are worrying they […]

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

WASHINGTON (AP) ” As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.Many were among the first to be approved for a loan in early April, when the administration was struggling to launch the lending program. And only eight businesses had to wait until early May before securing the aid, according to the […]