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Women wearing sanitary masks walk in downtown Milan, Italy, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Italy has been scrambling to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering theaters, including Milan's legendary La Scala. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
February 24, 2020 - 11:48 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The widening coronavirus outbreak threatens to seriously disrupt the global economy just as it was steadying itself against headwinds from the U.S.-China trade dispute. Stocks fell sharply on Monday around the world on news of more infections in different countries. The U...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, Cory Doctorow, right, walks in front of other protestors in Los Angeles outside the headquarters of the regulatory body for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. A private equity firm announced Friday, Feb. 21, what it calls legally binding commitments designed to ease concerns that its proposed $1.1 billion private takeover of the dot-org domain-setting registry would lead to price gouging and censorship. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
February 21, 2020 - 7:06 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private equity firm seeking to buy rights to operate the internet's .org suffix said Friday it will cap price hikes and create an advisory board with veto powers to ease concerns from the nonprofit community. Ethos Capital has offered $1.1 billion to buy the Public Interest...
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Nicola T. Hanna, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, at podium, announces at a news conference in Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, that Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil investigations into a long-running practice whereby company employees opened millions of unauthorized bank accounts in order to meet unrealistic sales goals. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
February 21, 2020 - 4:01 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wells Fargo agreed Friday to pay $3 billion to settle criminal and civil investigations into a long-running practice whereby company employees opened millions of unauthorized bank accounts in order to meet unrealistic sales goals. Since the fake-accounts scandal came to light in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011, file photo, the Morgan Stanley logo is displayed on its Times Square building, in New York. Morgan Stanley is buying online brokerage E-Trade in an all-stock deal valued at about $13 billion. In the all-stock deal announced Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, E*Trade shareholders will receive 1.0432 Morgan Stanley shares for each share they own. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 20, 2020 - 3:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley, the investment bank for millionaires, big business and megamergers, is buying E-Trade Financial, the online brokerage that encouraged waves of regular investors to get into the market with ads featuring its talking spokesbaby. The roughly $13 billion, all-stock deal...
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FILE- In this Nov. 8, 2018, file photo model Devon Windsor walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 in New York. Victoria's Secret's owner, L Brands, said that the private-equity firm Sycamore Brands will buy 55% of Victoria's Secret for about $525 million. Victoria's Secret will become a private company. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2020 - 3:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria's Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels prancing around in their bras and oversized angel wings, is being sold, its fortunes diminished as women increasingly look for styles that more realistically fit their body types. The company's owner, L Brands,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo trader Ashley Lara works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 20, 2020 - 12:53 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, with the Shanghai benchmark jumping nearly 2% after China's central bank cut interest rates to help ease credit for companies stricken by the virus outbreak centered on the city of Wuhan. Japan's benchmark...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo trader Ashley Lara works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 19, 2020 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks shook off their latest virus-induced loss and returned to record heights Wednesday, with several familiar faces doing the heaviest lifting. Technology stocks helped lead the market higher, as they’ve been doing for years, and Apple rallied to recover most of its loss...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its January meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
February 19, 2020 - 2:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were mostly optimistic about the U.S. and global economies last month, though they noted the risk posed by China’s viral outbreak and said they were ready to keep their benchmark interest rate at its current low level in the coming months. Fed...
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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England attends the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Report news conference in the City of London, Thursday Jan. 30, 2020. The Bank of England on Thursday opted against cutting interest rates after a run of fairly firm economic data in the past week eased fears about a dramatic slowdown in the British economy. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 4:36 am
LONDON (AP) — Consumer price inflation in Britain jumped higher in January, official figures showed Wednesday, undermining the case for the central bank to cut interest rates as it had been expected to do. The annual inflation rate rose to 1.8% from 1.3% in December, the national statistics agency...
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February 18, 2020 - 7:24 am
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Franklin Resources is buying competitor Legg Mason for $4.5 billion, creating a financial company with a combined $1.5 trillion in assets under management. Franklin Resources Inc., which operates as Franklin Templeton, said Tuesday that it will pay $50 for each Legg Mason...
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