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Bitcoin investing could get boost from exchange-traded fund

NEW YORK (AP) — Interested in Bitcoin but don't want to open a crypto trading account? Wall Street has something for you. ProShares said Monday it plans to launch the country's first exchange-traded fund linked to Bitcoin. The ETF with the ticker symbol "BITO" is expected to begin trading ...

New Jersey has its first $1 billion month in sports betting

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's sports betting industry became the first in the United States to take in more than a billion dollars' worth of bets in a single month, in September, as football season sent more gamblers to sports books and, crucially, their phones, according to figures ...

Ford Foundation to divest millions from fossil fuels

The Ford Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced Monday that it will divest millions from fossil fuels, following similar investment decisions made by other sizable foundations in recent years. For years, climate activists have put pressure on endowed ...

GameStop mania severely tested market system, regulator says

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market certainly shook when hundreds of thousands of regular people suddenly piled into GameStop early this year, driving its price to heights that shocked professional investors. But it didn't break. That's one of the takeaways from a report by the Securities ...

Microsoft says it warned Bill Gates about flirting in 2008

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft executives in 2008 warned Bill Gates to stop sending flirtatious emails to a female employee but dropped the matter after he told them he would stop, the company revealed Monday. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that Brad Smith, then Microsoft's ...

Treasury says it needs to modernize its economic sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says that the economic and financial sanctions the United States has employed over the past two decades to battle global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, drug cartels and other threats need to adapt to a rapidly changing financial world. The ...

Contract talks resume between Deere and its striking workers

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Contract talks between Deere & Co. and its 10,000 striking workers have resumed, but it wasn't immediately clear how far apart the two sides remained Monday. Both the Moline, Illinois-based company and the United Auto Workers union confirmed that talks had ...

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams. Michael Regan, the head of the ...

Data shows ship crossed over oil pipeline that ruptured

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive cargo ship that was supposed to be at anchor was buffeted by high winds during a January storm and repeatedly crossed over an undersea oil pipeline that later ruptured off the Southern California coast, according to vessel monitoring data. Federal investigators ...

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that the proliferation of ...

Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers

Declaring an impasse in contract talks with striking union workers, global spirits producer Heaven Hill said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky. Union leaders responded that they're willing to continue negotiations and ...

Who will get Powell Jobs’ $3.5B gift for climate work?

Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs is gearing up to invest $3.5 billion into climate-focused initiatives in the next 10 years. But if the donation patterns of her foundation continue, the public might never know where that money is going. A spokesperson with Powell Jobs' company, Emerson ...

Colin Powell: A trailblazing legacy, blotted by Iraq war

WASHINGTON (AP) — A child of working-class Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, Colin Powell rose from neighborhood store clerk to warehouse floor-mopper to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It was a trailblazing American Dream journey that won him international acclaim and trust. It ...

Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton arrived Sunday at his home in New York to continue recovering from an infection that left him in treatment for six days at a Southern California hospital, officials said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 ...

Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. Harris will be briefed ...

Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration's accomplishments on a global stage. Biden and his fellow ...

Jill Biden says SC ‘prayer partner’ helped change her life

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For years, Jill Biden couldn't bring herself to pray, her faith shattered by the 2015 death of her son Beau from brain cancer at age 46. She felt "betrayed, broken." Then a face in the crowd at one of her husband's stops in 2019 as he campaigned for the Democratic ...

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward ...

In quiet debut, Alzheimer’s drug finds questions, skepticism

The first new Alzheimer's treatment in more than 20 years was hailed as a breakthrough when regulators approved it more than four months ago, but its rollout has been slowed by questions about its price and how well it works. Several major medical centers remain undecided on whether to use ...

Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers’ return quota may drop

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. "Over the past 50 years, alligator nest surveys have increased from an estimate of less ...