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‘Obamacare’ sign-ups begin as millions more are uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage...

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. ...

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. ...

US consumer spending rose a moderate 1.4% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending by 1.4% in September, a modest gain but far less than the big increases of late...

Most Canadians hope for Trump defeat after insults, attacks

TORONTO (AP) — Donald Trump called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “weak” and “dishonest” and attacked Canada's vital trade. He threatened tariffs on cars and...

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation, anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam on Friday with a...

Report: US knew of problems family separation would cause

HOUSTON (AP) — Months before the Trump administration separated thousands of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, a “pilot program” in Texas left child-welfare officials...

Fair housing groups: Redfin ‘redlines’ minority communities

SEATTLE (AP) — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers...

Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic...

IMF blames resurgent coronavirus for UK growth downgrades

LONDON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its growth forecasts for the British economy for this year and next, following an acceleration...

Trump rule says health plans must disclose costs up front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized a requirement...

European Central Bank: Just wait until December

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its current economic stimulus but its President Christine Lagarde said there was...

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

TECATE, Calif. (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego,...

Russell Wilson, Ciara fund charter school in Seattle area

SEATTLE (AP) — Football star Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara, the Grammy-winning performer, are the latest wealthy philanthropists to back a charter school...

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted conference attendees

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says Iranian hackers have posed as conference organizers in Germany and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to break into...

Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats...

Asian shares slip after Wall St’s worst day in a month

Shares skidded in Asia on Tuesday after surging coronavirus cases and waning hopes for U.S. economic stimulus gave Wall Street its worst day in...

Tensions between EU and Turkey escalate over Erdogan insults

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tensions between the European Union and Turkey have risen further after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned the mental state of...

Under Trump, US no longer leads world on refugee protections

For decades, America led the world in humanitarian policies by creating a sanctuary for the oppressed, admitting more refugees annually than all other countries...

Low expectations in Mexico as US election approaches

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A week before U.S. elections, expectations and attention are unusually low in a foreign country that may have more at...

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country...

Wary of angering public, Iran has few ways to contain virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As coronavirus infections reached new heights in Iran this month, overwhelming its hospitals and driving up its death...

Asian shares little changed on uncertainty over US election

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were little changed in muted trading Monday amid widespread uncertainty over what the U.S. presidential election will portend for...

Turkish president dares U.S. to impose economic sanctions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the United States to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second...

US legislators complain to Trump on Mexico energy policy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Standing in front of a reopened coal-fired power plant, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday defiantly rejected complaints...

UK-US trade pact opposed with Trump, cows and pigs as props

LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators dressed as chickens, a cow and President Donald Trump gathered Saturday in London to protest a proposed U.S.-U.K. trade deal...

Top Trump adviser wants more nations to field asylum claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements...

Biden’s warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. ...

The Latest: Trump calls ‘Borat’ star an unfunny ‘creep’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

Trump, Biden scrap on oil, virus with just over a week to go

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and his allies fought for support in pivotal battleground states Friday after a debate performance that gave...

US stocks shake off a wobbly start and end mostly higher

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday, though the S&P 500 posted its first weekly loss in four weeks. ...

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to...

Biden calls for ‘transition’ from oil, GOP sees opening

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night...

Sudanese officials: Diplomatic deal with Israel is near

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sudanese officials confirmed on Thursday that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap...

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing...

Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Britain signed a bilateral free trade deal Friday in the the first such major post-Brexit deal, reducing tariffs on...

The Latest: Trump says he will vote in person

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

AP Explains: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?

LONDON (AP) — It’s more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris...

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential...

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing...

Putin: Russia-China military alliance can’t be ruled out

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but noted it could be...

Final debate could thrust foreign policy back into campaign

As Joe Biden hopscotched through Iowa and New Hampshire in late 2019, he also name-dropped his way across the globe. ...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on lack of US aid plan

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as investors watched Washington for signs of whether political leaders can agree on...

Armenian PM sees no way to settle conflict through diplomacy

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister said Wednesday that Azerbaijan's aggressive stance in the 25-day fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh leaves no room for diplomacy,...

Appeal court judges rule UK deportation policy unlawful

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that a government policy that gave migrants as little as 72 hours’ notice before they...

UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in...

‘So much work to do’: How Biden is planning for transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump next month, he'll quickly face a new challenge: standing up a new administration to...

UK government borrowing hits record due to pandemic

LONDON (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is battering Britain’s public finances, pushing government borrowing to a record last month as tax revenue fell and...

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump’s election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world’s foremost...

Many thorny global situations hinge on US election outcome

LONDON (AP) — Four years after Donald Trump's election reframed how many nations interacted with the United States, the way that the world's foremost...

Trump administration adds criminal disqualifiers to asylum

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that asylum-seekers will lose their bids if they are convicted of driving under the influence...

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals...

UK’s Lords condemns Brexit bill as UK-EU talks stay stalled

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s upper house of Parliament delivered a resounding condemnation of the government’s contentious new Brexit legislation on Tuesday, as a standoff...

German businessman charged over exports to Russian military

BERLIN (AP) — A German businessman and an alleged accomplice have been charged over the delivery of machinery to a company linked to the...

Asian shares track Wall Street fall as virus aid hopes fade

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, tracking Wall Street's overnight decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid...

Morales party claims win as Bolivia seems to shift back left

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia appeared Monday to be shifting sharply away from the conservative policies of the U.S.-backed interim government that took...

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it...

High court to review two cases involving Trump border policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases involving Trump administration policies at the U.S.-Mexico border: one about a...

UK, EU inch toward more Brexit talks but hurdles remain

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union edged toward resuming their troubled trade talks on Monday, after the bloc's chief negotiator said he...

As virus surges, Iran breaks one-day record for deaths again

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s single-day death toll from the coronavirus smashed a record set less than a week ago, with 337 dead confirmed...

Japan exports fall amid slow recovery from pandemic downturn

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports fell at a slower pace in September in a sign that trade damage from the coronavirus pandemic is easing,...

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A decade-long U.N. arms embargo on Iran that barred it from purchasing foreign weapons like tanks and fighter jets expired...

Former Democratic power broker James A. Johnson dies at 76

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James A. Johnson, a former Democratic campaign operative who was CEO of housing lender Fannie Mae in the 1990s and served...

UK minister: Door ‘still ajar’ for post-Brexit talks with EU

LONDON (AP) — A senior British official said Sunday the door is “still ajar” for post-Brexit talks to continue with the European Union if...

Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced Saturday that its death toll from the coronavirus has passed the milestone of 30,000, in what has been...

Black immigrants find camaraderie, divide amid protests

Inspired by the global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, Nigerian American blogger Nifesimi Akingbe donned a black shirt that read “I am...

A late slide erases gains for US indexes, leaving them mixed

Wall Street closed out a choppy week of trading with more of the same Friday, as a late-afternoon stumble led U.S. stock indexes to...

Awash in red ink: US posts record $3.1T 2020 budget deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3.1 trillion in the 2020 budget year, more than double the previous...

UK says EU trade talks ‘over’ but bloc sees room for a deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that the U.K. must prepare for a no-deal break with the European Union unless...

Asian shares mixed amid 2nd wave coronavirus, election fears

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on...

Nebraska Sen. Sasse rips Trump over COVID-19, foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse told Nebraska constituents in a telephone town hall meeting that President Donald Trump has “flirted with...

Brexit trade talks: both EU and UK dig in heels

BRUSSELS (AP) — With both sides digging in their heels as another Brexit deadline passed Thursday, the European Union and Britain demanded concessions from...

EU targets Putin ally accused of US poll interference

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is...

South Africa extends relief grants to help poor amid virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that his government will extend relief grants to 6 million of the country’s unemployed...

IMF warns global economy could be permanently scarred

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy's recovery from the pandemic recession is tentative and uneven and “marked by significant uncertainty” as confirmed coronavirus cases...

Months into pandemic, Iran sees worst wave of virus deaths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is...

EU imposes sanctions on 6 Russians over Navalny poisoning

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain imposed sanctions Thursday on six Russians, some among the highest-ranked officials in the nation, and a...

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower as stimulus hopes fade

Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as hopes U.S. leaders will agree on a new economic stimulus before the Nov. 3 presidential...

Takeaways: Pardon power, silent mics on Barrett’s final day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care again played a starring role in Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee...

The Latest: Barrett’s confirmation hearing ends for the day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): ...

On eve of UK deadline, trade talks with EU still stalled

BRUSSELS (AP) — On the eve of a European Union summit that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set as a deadline to seal...

UK urged to conclude trade deal with EU to limit Brexit cost

LONDON (AP) — A leading international economic watchdog urged the British government to conclude a free trade agreement with the European Union in the...

Barrett bats away tough Democratic confirmation probing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett batted away Democrats’ skeptical questions Tuesday on abortion, health care and a possible disputed-election fight...

Asian shares track Wall Street decline on pandemic jitters

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street. ...

The Latest: Day 2 of Barrett confirmation hearings wraps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): ...

Tied to Trump fate, Ernst walks tightrope in dead heat Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joni Ernst burst onto national politics in 2014 as a gun-toting, hog-castrating, motorcycle-riding candidate who was going to shake...

Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will ban ads on its platform that discourage vaccinations — with an exception carved out for advocacy...

AP FACT CHECK: Sen. Graham and Biden on Obamacare, Barrett

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday launched into revisionist history on “Obamacare," implying it was designed to help Democratic...

JPMorgan, Citi profits improve amid signs of recovery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two of the nation's biggest banks — JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup — said Tuesday that their profits improved markedly over...

Russia threatens to halt dialogue with EU amid Navalny spat

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Tuesday that Moscow could freeze its contacts with the European Union in response to its sanctions over...

WTO says EU can put tariffs on $4 billion of US goods

GENEVA (AP) — International arbitrators said Tuesday that the European Union can impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion worth of...

China’s trade growth accelerates in Sept; exports up 9.9%

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade picked up in September as global demand for masks and medical supplies boosted exports and the economy's early reopening...

China’s trade growth accelerates in Sept; exports up 9.9%

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade growth accelerated in September as the world’s second-largest economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice...

Belarus ramps up crackdown on protests, detains over 700

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus said Monday they detained 713 people during mass protests a day earlier against the reelection of the...

EU readies sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Monday that it has seen no improvement in Belarus and stands ready to impose sanctions on President...

Yet another Brexit deadline looms; trade talks in rut

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost by tradition, another Brexit deadline is looming. Just as much by tradition, talks are expected to continue afterward. ...

EU to slap sanctions on Russia officials over Navalny attack

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to impose sanctions on Russian officials and organizations blamed for the poisoning of opposition leader...

COVID-hit UK arts groups welcome government cash infusion

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Monday announced grants of 257 million pounds ($335 million) to help almost 1,400 arts and cultural organizations...

Bank of England asks banks on readiness for negative rates

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has asked commercial banks whether they are ready for negative interest rates, signaling that the central bank...

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