• Asian stocks fall further after new virus variant spreads

    Stock indexes are edging higher on Wall Street Monday as markets regain their footing following a big stumble on Friday on worries about the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus.

    Updated: 9:03 am

  • The Latest: Poland suspends flights to 7 African countries

    WARSAW, Poland – Poland is suspending flights to seven southern African countries where the new coronavirus variant omicron has been detected.

  • Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes.

  • Who is the real Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein enabler or pawn?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell spent the first half of her life with her father, a rags-to-riches billionaire who looted his companies’ pension funds and died mysteriously. She spent the second with another tycoon, Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while charged with sexually abusing teens.

  • Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loath to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers.

  • Offices dismiss ethics complaints against attorney general

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three state watchdog offices have dismissed a nonprofit group’s complaints accusing New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas of ethics violations in connection with a proposed merger involving the state’s largest utility company.

  • Asian stock markets sink as traders watch Europe virus cases

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more than 1,000 points, as a new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe. Investors were uncertain whether the variant could potentially reverse months of progress at getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

  • Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water.

  • Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

    Benchmark U.S. crude oil for January delivery fell $10.24 to $68.15 a barrel Friday. Brent crude for January delivery fell $9.50 to $72.72 per barrel.

  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Stocks ended with scant gains after another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street Wednesday as the market Stocks closed sharply lower after a coronavirus variant from South Africa appeared to be spreading across the globe.