• Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company that controls the dot-org universe is trying to sell the online registry to an investment firm for more than $1 billion, drawing opposition from activists who protested Friday and others who fear costs would soar if a for-profit company is in charge of registering the website suffix.

    Updated: 4:20 pm

  • Tech companies propel US stocks to early gains; Intel jumps

    Stocks are closing with broad losses as increased fears that an outbreak of a deadly virus could spread more widely rattles markets. The S&P 500 had its worst day since early October as health care stocks incurred steep losses. The sell-off followed news that a Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the new virus from China. The S&P 500 index fell 0.9%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 170 points, or 0.6%, to 28,989. The Nasdaq lost 0.9%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.69% from 1.74% Thursday.

    Updated: 2:17 pm

  • Thunberg brushes off mockery from US finance chief

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has brushed off criticism and mockery from the U.S. Treasury chief, saying Friday his comments have “of course no effect” on her and fellow campaigners.

  • Stocks around the world drop on virus concerns, led by China

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading on Friday in Asia as China began a week-long Lunar New Year festival that is being overshadowed by the outbreak of a new virus that has killed 25 people and sickened more than 800.

  • Ex-pharmaceutical exec gets 5 1/2 years for pushing opioid

    BOSTON (AP) — The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company was ordered to spend 5 1/2 years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.

  • Coal industry on Navajo Nation could end with plant closure

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades.

  • Questions linger over investigation into Jeff Bezos’ hacking

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cybersecurity experts said Thursday there were still many unanswered questions from an investigation commissioned by Jeff Bezos that concluded the billionaire’s cellphone was hacked, apparently after receiving a video file with malicious spyware from the WhatsApp account of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.

  • New Mexico leads US in pecan production

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The numbers are in and U.S. agricultural officials say New Mexico marked a record year of pecan production in 2019 to lead the nation.

  • What we know, and don’t, about the alleged Bezos phone hack

    BOSTON (AP) — U.N. human rights experts are asking Washington to investigate a suspected Saudi hack that may have siphoned data from the personal smartphone of Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of The Washington Post. But the forensic evidence they cite comes from an incomplete study of Bezos’s phone, raising multiple questions.

  • Easing trade tensions bode well for emerging market stocks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several factors are pointing to a possible rebound in emerging market stocks this year.