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Microsoft says it blocked spying on rights activists, others

July 15, 2021, 1:26pm Business

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Microsoft said Thursday it has blocked tools developed by an Israeli hacker-for-hire company that were used to spy on more than 100 people around the world, including politicians, human rights activists, journalists, academics and political dissidents. Read story

Trader Robert Charmak works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, July 12, 2021. Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, pulling major indexes a bit further below the record highs they marked at the beginning of the week. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% in the early going Thursday, July 15 and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.5%.

Stocks close lower, falling below recent record highs

Trader Robert Charmak works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, July 12, 2021. Stocks are opening broadly lower on Wall Street, pulling major indexes a bit further below the record highs they marked at the beginning of the week. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% in the early going Thursday, July 15 and the Nasdaq composite fell 0.5%.

July 15, 2021, 1:25pm Business

Stocks closed lower Thursday, pulling major indexes a bit further below the record highs they marked at the start of the week. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, housing activists erect a sign in Swampscott, Mass. A federal freeze on most evictions is set to expire soon. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes.

EXPLAINER: Washington tenants get modified eviction reprieve

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, housing activists erect a sign in Swampscott, Mass. A federal freeze on most evictions is set to expire soon. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes.

July 15, 2021, 11:23am Business

OLYMPIA — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants… Read story

Tamika Daniel poses for a photo in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 15, 2021. Daniel, a 35-year-old mother of four, will start receiving the Child Tax Credit on Thursday. The extra $1,000 a month for the next year could be a life-changer for Daniel, who now works as a community organizer for a Richmond nonprofit. It will help provide a security deposit on a new apartment. (AP Photo/John C.

Money in the bank: Child tax credit dollars head to parents

Tamika Daniel poses for a photo in Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 15, 2021. Daniel, a 35-year-old mother of four, will start receiving the Child Tax Credit on Thursday. The extra $1,000 a month for the next year could be a life-changer for Daniel, who now works as a community organizer for a Richmond nonprofit. It will help provide a security deposit on a new apartment. (AP Photo/John C.

July 15, 2021, 11:15am Business

WASHINGTON — The child tax credit had always been an empty gesture to millions of parents like Tamika Daniel. Read story

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2019, file photo shows Jeff Bezos speaking at the National Press Club in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution announced July 14, 2021, that Bezos, founder of Amazon and space-flight company Blue Origin, is donating $200 million to the National Air and Space Museum.

18-year-old joining Blue Origin’s 1st passenger spaceflight

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2019, file photo shows Jeff Bezos speaking at the National Press Club in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution announced July 14, 2021, that Bezos, founder of Amazon and space-flight company Blue Origin, is donating $200 million to the National Air and Space Museum.

July 15, 2021, 9:01am Business

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An 18-year-old is about to become the youngest person in space, rocketing away with an aviation pioneer who will become the oldest at age 82. Read story

FILE - In this March 28, 2021, file photo, Olympic sponsors' vehicles parade ahead of torch relay in Ashikaga, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. The Olympic corporate sponsorship program has been a key part of the Olympic experience since it began in 1985. But all that magic from the Olympic sponsorship is being undermined because of the virus.

Olympic sport of schmoozing eludes corporate sponsors

FILE - In this March 28, 2021, file photo, Olympic sponsors' vehicles parade ahead of torch relay in Ashikaga, Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. The Olympic corporate sponsorship program has been a key part of the Olympic experience since it began in 1985. But all that magic from the Olympic sponsorship is being undermined because of the virus.

July 15, 2021, 8:59am Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Screaming fans won't be the only thing missing from this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo. Behind the scenes, there won't much schmoozing for corporate sponsors either, thanks to the pandemic. Read story

Donations for racial equity have surged. But by how much?

July 15, 2021, 8:10am Business

More than a year after the police killing of George Floyd and the avalanche of donations toward racial equity initiatives that followed, the actual gift amounts and their destinations remain largely unknown, complicating efforts to gauge the effectiveness of the donations and their recipients. Read story

A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 15, 2021. As many Asian countries battle against a new surge of coronavirus infections, for many their first, the slow-flow of vaccine doses from around the world is finally picking up speed, giving hope that low inoculation rates can increase rapidly and help blunt the effect of the rapidly-spreading delta variant.

Vaccine deliveries rising as delta virus variant slams Asia

A health worker administers a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, July 15, 2021. As many Asian countries battle against a new surge of coronavirus infections, for many their first, the slow-flow of vaccine doses from around the world is finally picking up speed, giving hope that low inoculation rates can increase rapidly and help blunt the effect of the rapidly-spreading delta variant.

July 15, 2021, 8:10am Business

JAKARTA, Indonesia — As many Asian countries battle their worst surge of COVID-19 infections, the slow flow of vaccine doses from around the world is finally picking up speed, giving hope that inoculation rates can increase and help blunt the effect of the rapidly spreading delta variant. Read story

FILE - This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. The Biden administration will offer rewards up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of foreign state-sanctioned malicious cyber activity against critical U.S. infrastructure, including ransomware attacks. The administration is launching the website stopransomware.gov to offer the public resources for countering the threat.

$10 million rewards bolster White House anti-ransomware bid

FILE - This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. The Biden administration will offer rewards up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of foreign state-sanctioned malicious cyber activity against critical U.S. infrastructure, including ransomware attacks. The administration is launching the website stopransomware.gov to offer the public resources for countering the threat.

July 15, 2021, 8:09am Business

BOSTON — The State Department will offer rewards up to $10 million for information leading to the identification of anyone engaged in foreign state-sanctioned malicious cyber activity, including ransomware attacks, against critical U.S. infrastructure. A task force set up by the White House will coordinate efforts to stem the ransomware… Read story

Model year 2021 Ford Ranger trucks on the assembly line at Michigan Assembly, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Wayne, Mich. Surging output of cars, trucks and auto parts pulled U.S. factory production up 0.9% in May. Adding utilities and mines, overall U.S. industrial production climbed 0.8% in May from April, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday.

U.S. factory output dips 0.1% in June on auto chip shortage

Model year 2021 Ford Ranger trucks on the assembly line at Michigan Assembly, Monday, June 14, 2021, in Wayne, Mich. Surging output of cars, trucks and auto parts pulled U.S. factory production up 0.9% in May. Adding utilities and mines, overall U.S. industrial production climbed 0.8% in May from April, the Federal Reserve reported Tuesday.

July 15, 2021, 8:08am Business

WASHINGTON — U.S. factory output slid last month as a shortage of computer chips disrupted auto production. Read story