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Wall Street soars on hopes of stimulus, coronavirus vaccine
Wall Street's main indexes surged on Monday as encouraging early data from a potential coronavirus vaccine trial boosted sentiment, with investors also counting on more stimulus to rescue the U.S. economy from a deep slowdown.
Promising virus vaccine results reported as Trump takes anti-malaria drug
The phased reopening of U.S. business and social life gained traction on Monday with more Americans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns and financial markets boosted by promising early results from the first U.S. vaccine trial in humans.
Uber to focus on core rides, delivery business as cuts more jobs
Uber Technologies Inc will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Monday, announcing the company's second round of job cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Exclusive: Nasdaq to tighten listing rules, restricting Chinese IPOs - sources
Nasdaq Inc is set to unveil new restrictions on initial public offerings (IPOs), a move that will make it harder for some Chinese companies to debut on its stock exchange, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.
Asia shares set to follow Wall Street rally on vaccine hopes
Asian shares were set to rise on Tuesday after data from an early-stage trial for a coronavirus vaccine lifted hopes for a near-term economic recovery, sending global equity markets and oil prices surging.
'All my dreams are shattered': coronavirus crushes Asia’s garment industry
Zarchi Lwin pawned her only two gold bangles for $140 when the owner of the Myanmar factory where she sewed winter coats for British retailer Next Plc shut it down after orders dried up due to the coronavirus.
Factbox: Fashion brands cut orders with Asian garment makers
As stores closed across Europe and the United States in March and April in response to the new coronavirus, many fashion brands and retailers cancelled orders for clothes, bags, and shoes worth billions of dollars from Asian garment factories, forcing them to close and lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.
California, New York open door for sports return
California governor Gavin Newsom cleared a path for the potential return of professional sport in the state, saying on Monday that an early June restart was possible under strict guidelines, including no fans.
Coronavirus deadliest in New York City's black and Latino neighborhoods, data shows
Some New York City neighborhoods have seen death rates from the novel coronavirus nearly 15 times higher than others, according to data released by New York City's health department on Monday, showing the disproportionate toll taken on poor communities.
Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine despite FDA warning
U.S. President Donald Trump, in a surprise announcement, said on Monday he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medicine against the coronavirus despite medical warnings about the use of the malaria drug.
Disney's streaming chief Mayer to become TikTok CEO
Walt Disney Co's top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, will leave the entertainment and theme parks giant to become the chief executive officer of TikTok, the popular video app owned by China's ByteDance Technology Co, the companies said on Monday.
Coronavirus vaccine from Moderna appears safe, shows promise in data from eight people
Moderna Inc's experimental COVID-19 vaccine, the first to be tested in the United States, produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, according to very early data released by the biotech company on Monday.
Pandemic-related vaccination drop raises concern about U.S. measles outbreak
Researchers have documented a drop in child vaccination rates in Michigan since restrictions were imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, raising concern about outbreaks of other diseases such as measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report on Monday.
Senator Rubio chosen as acting Intelligence Committee chairman
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will serve as acting chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday, after Senator Richard Burr announced he would step aside from the position during a federal investigation of his stock trades.
Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine as hedge against virus
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that he has touted despite medical warnings about its use, as a preventive medicine against the coronavirus.
More Americans emerge from lockdown; markets buoyed by virus vaccine potential
The phased reopening of U.S. business and social life gained traction on Monday with more Americans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns and financial markets rising on promising early results from the first U.S. vaccine trial in humans.
Disney's Mayer to become TikTok CEO
Walt Disney Co said on Monday its top streaming executive, Kevin Mayer, will leave to become the Chief Executive Officer of Bytedance's popular video app TikTok.
Chinese parent in U.S. college admissions scandal fined $250,000
A U.S. judge ordered a Chinese woman who lives in Canada to pay a $250,000 fine after she admitted to paying $400,000 to secure her son's admission to the University of California, Los Angeles, through bribery as a purported soccer recruit.
As flying returns, jetmakers seek to quell fears over cabin air
Jet manufacturers and airlines are launching an urgent initiative to convince nervous travelers that the air they breathe on planes is safe, believing this is critical to rebuilding a travel industry floored by the novel coronavirus.
Wisconsin lawsuit seeks absentee ballot forms, other poll changes amid coronavirus concerns
Advocacy groups sued Wisconsin election officials on Monday, seeking to force the state to send every voter an absentee ballot request form, hire more poll workers and launch a public education effort to ensure voters understand their options ahead of November's presidential election.
U.S. Senator Rubio chosen as acting Intelligence Committee chairman
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will serve as acting chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday, after Senator Richard Burr announced he would step aside from the position during an investigation of his stock trades.
Fan-free sports and curbside retail as California loosens coronavirus rules
Businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area may open for curbside retail and manufacturing, while fan-free professional sports events might be allowed as soon as June, as California continued to loosen coronavirus health restrictions on Monday.
Trump says Pompeo requested he fire State Department inspector general
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to fire the State Department's inspector general, saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked him to do so and dismissing suggestions that Pompeo faced a probe by the ousted official.
Global shares, oil rally on vaccine hopes, lockdown easing
A gauge of global equity markets surged almost 3% on Monday and oil rallied to highs last seen in mid-April as data from an early-stage trial for a coronavirus vaccine lifted hopes of a faster recovery from the pandemic-driven economic slump.
Trump says he is surprised Attorney General Barr not looking at Obama in probe
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he was surprised that Attorney General William Barr opted not to look at former President Barack Obama in a Justice Department review of the FBI's handling of 2016 Russia probe.
S&P 500 closes at 10-week high on vaccine hopes, stimulus pledge
U.S. stocks jumped on Monday, and the S&P 500 closed at a 10-week high, on encouraging early-stage data for a potential coronavirus vaccine and on the promise of more stimulus to lift an economy beaten down by the pandemic.
Exclusive: CDC plans sweeping COVID-19 antibody study in 25 metropolitan areas
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans a nationwide study of up to 325,000 people to track how the new coronavirus is spreading across the country into next year and beyond, a CDC spokeswoman and researchers conducting the effort told Reuters.
New cases? Deaths? U.S. states' reopening plans are all over the map
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has set some distinct goals the federal district needs to meet in order for her to feel comfortable ending a stay-at-home order, she told reporters last week.
FBI phone probe links al Qaeda to Saudi who killed 3 at Florida base, Barr says
The FBI cracked the iPhone encryption of the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors in a December attack at a naval base in Florida, and found evidence linking him to al Qaeda, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.
Lucky U.S. chickens fly the coop as pandemic hits egg demand
About 1,000 lucky chickens flew on two chartered cargo planes to a California sanctuary from an Iowa farm that has been euthanizing its flock as the coronavirus outbreak slashes restaurant demand for eggs, an animal rights group said.
S&P 500 hits 10-week high on vaccine hopes and stimulus promise
U.S. stocks jumped on Monday, and the S&P 500 reached a 10-week high, on encouraging early-stage data for a potential coronavirus vaccine and on the promise of more stimulus to lift an economy beaten down by the pandemic.
Trump to replace D.C. prosecutor in controversial Stone, Flynn cases
President Donald Trump on Monday nominated a federal prosecutor in Ohio to become the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, succeeding one who has faced growing criticism over his handling of criminal cases involving the president's allies.
As more Americans emerge from lockdown, virus vaccine potential lifts markets
The phased reopening of U.S. business and social life gained traction on Monday with more Americans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns and stock markets rising on early test results of a potential vaccine.
As Biden crafts U.S. coronavirus response proposals, Warren has his ear
Presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has been speaking regularly with former rival Elizabeth Warren on public health and economic relief ideas as he crafts more ambitious proposals aimed at helping Americans through the coronavirus crisis.
T cells play a role in fighting coronavirus; COVID-19 affects children differently
The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
Obama, Biden not targeted in U.S. review of Russia probe, Barr says
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Monday he does not expect a Justice Department review of the FBI's handling of 2016 election interference to lead to criminal investigation of former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden.
Uber to focus on core rides, delivery business as it cuts 23% of workforce
Uber Technologies Inc will concentrate on its core businesses in ride-hailing and food delivery and cut 23% of its workforce in an attempt to become profitable despite the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Monday.
Stimulus, vaccine hopes drive S&P 500 to 10-week high
U.S. stocks surged on Monday, with the S&P 500 hitting a 10-week high, as encouraging early data from a potential coronavirus vaccine trial boosted sentiment, with investors also hoping for stimulus to cushion the economic blow from the pandemic.
Niagara Falls to begin reopening, sports teams should play: NY governor
Niagara Falls is part of a sixth New York state region to start reopening after clearing a hurdle for tracing the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.
U.S. coronavirus cases top 1.5 million, infections rise in some southern states
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States exceeded 1.5 million on Monday, as total deaths caused by the new coronavirus approached 90,000, according to a Reuters tally of state and county figures.
FBI phone probe links al Qaeda to Saudi who killed three at Florida base, Barr says
The FBI cracked the iPhone encryption of the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors in a December attack at a naval base in Florida, and found evidence linking him to al Qaeda, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.
Another New York region can reopen, sports teams should play: governor
A region in the western corner of New York that includes Niagara Falls will become the sixth region in the state to start reopening on Tuesday after clearing a final hurdle related to contact tracing for the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo told a daily briefing.
First COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. shows promise in data from eight people
Early data from Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, the first to be tested in the United States, showed that it produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, the company said on Monday.
FBI cracked phone of Saudi shooter at Florida naval base, found al Qaeda ties, Barr says
The FBI found cellphone evidence linking al Qaeda to the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors in a December attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida after cracking his phone open, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.
Texas tries a pandemic first: a jury trial by Zoom
With jury trials on hold throughout the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic, court officials in Texas are trying something new: let jurors hear a case through Zoom.
Walmart trailed supermarkets amid peak panic-buying: data
Americans increased their visits to supermarkets far more than to Walmart Inc stores as panic-buying peaked in mid-March, a Reuters analysis of foot traffic to retailers in the United States shows.
A sixth region of New York ready to reopen: governor
A region in the western corner of New York will become the sixth region to start reopening on Tuesday after hiring enough people to trace contacts of people who test positive for the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo told a daily briefing.
FBI cracked phone of Saudi shooter at Florida naval base, found al Qaeda ties: Barr
The FBI found cellphone evidence linking al Qaeda to the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors in a December attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida after cracking his phone open, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.
SoftBank's Son hopes 'winged unicorns' can save crumbling tech empire
SoftBank Group Corp CEO Masayoshi Son on Monday pinned his hopes on a small group of "winged unicorns" to save the performance of his $100 billion Vision Fund - although he gave few clues on which ones they would be.
Global shares, oil rally as lockdowns ease, vaccine hopes
A gauge of global equity markets surged 3% on Monday and oil rallied to highs last seen in mid-April as data from an early-stage trial for a coronavirus vaccine lifted hopes of a faster recovery from the pandemic-driven economic slump.
Uber to lay off 3,000 workers in second cut this month
Uber Technologies Inc will cut about 3,000 jobs, in addition to the 3,700 it had announced earlier this month, as coronavirus-led restrictions sap demand for ride-hailing services, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees on Monday.
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
Most U.S. states reported a drop in new cases of COVID-19 for the week ended May 17, with only 13 states seeing a rise in infections compared to the previous week, according to a Reuters analysis.
U.S. states press on with reopenings, markets boosted by virus vaccine potential
Nearly all 50 U.S. states were at some stage of reopening on Monday as authorities eased restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus and stock markets opened higher on optimism about a potential vaccine trial.
FBI finds evidence linking al Qaeda to 2019 Saudi shooter at Florida naval base: U.S. source
The FBI has found cellphone evidence linking al Qaeda to the Royal Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three American sailors and wounded eight people in a December shooting spree at a U.S. naval base in Florida, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday.
U.S. auto industry returns to life after lockdown
The Detroit Three automakers and their suppliers began restarting assembly lines on Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown in a slow revival of a sector that employs nearly 1 million people in the United States.
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine shows early promise; shares soar
Early data from Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine, the first to be tested in the United States, showed that it produced protective antibodies in a small group of healthy volunteers, the company said on Monday.
Wall Street surges on hopes for stimulus, coronavirus vaccine
Wall Street's main indexes surged on Monday as encouraging early data from a potential coronavirus vaccine trial boosted sentiment, with investors also counting on more stimulus to rescue the economy from a deep slowdown.
FBI finds evidence of al Qaeda tie to 2019 Florida naval base shooting: U.S. source
The FBI has found cellphone evidence linking al Qaeda to the Dec. 6, 2019 shooting at a U.S. naval base in Florida in which three people were killed, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday.
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in early study, shares soar
Moderna Inc said on Monday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine showed promise in a small early-stage trial, with the vaccine producing virus-neutralizing antibodies similar to that found in recovered patients, sending shares soaring 25%.
In race to COVID-19 drugs, EU may fast track remdesivir sale before U.S.
The European Union may give an initial green light in the coming days for sale of the drug remdesivir as a COVID-19 treatment, the head of its medicines agency said on Monday, fast-tracking the drug to market amid tight global competition for resources.
U.S. House passes $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill opposed by Trump
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Wall Street jumps at the open on coronavirus vaccine hopes
U.S. stock indexes shot up in early trade on Monday as encouraging data from a potential COVID-19 vaccine trial fueled optimism, while investors also counted on more stimulus 

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