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Unemployment fraud concerns prompt action in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud,...

UK boosts business aid amid pressure to ease virus impact

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is increasing subsidies for bars, pubs and restaurants hammered by strict new measures to slow the...

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased...

Dark déjà vu for European economy as virus cases spike

LONDON (AP) — Europe’s economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history. A resurgence in coronavirus...

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to...

China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

BEIJING (AP) — Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration, China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and...

Trump’s election-eve drug discounts for seniors get snagged

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to mail millions of seniors a $200 prescription savings card has hit legal and budget roadblocks, making...

Tourists return to Hawaii amid ever-changing pandemic rules

HONOLULU (AP) — Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a plane headed for Hawaii, where travelers who...

Cyprus House speaker quits over citizenship for sale scandal

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ parliamentary speaker has resigned after an undercover news report allegedly caught him on tape promising to help circumvent the...

Pandemic leaves American Samoa residents stranded, homesick

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Makerita Iosefo Vaʻa hasn't been home for nearly eight months — the longest she's ever been away from...

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...

UK defends new virus restrictions; critics say it’s too late

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government on Tuesday defended its new three-tier system of COVID-19 risks and restrictions, but critics suggested it was too little,...

Retiree checks to rise 1.3% in 2021 amid coronavirus fallout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients will get a modest 1.3% cost-of living-increase in 2021, but that might be small comfort amid worries about...

UK unemployment ascent accelerates amid winter job fears

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.K. spiked higher in August, a clear sign that the jobless rate is heading towards levels not seen...

COVID-19 coverage safety net has plenty of holes in US

COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically. It also clobbers some financially. ...

State takes over Houston’s Harvey home repair program

HOUSTON (AP) — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged...

US sees ‘malign influence’ in China-backed school program

The Trump administration on Friday encouraged U.S. schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the Confucius Institute, a program that brings Chinese language...

Brazil’s poor squeezed by less virus aid, surging food costs

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Many people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices,...

US layoffs still high, but so is skepticism on jobless data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week to a still-high 840,000, evidence that layoffs remain elevated seven months...

UK’s Johnson promises to use pandemic as catalyst for change

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday promised to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst to build a stronger Britain led...

Microsoft plans $1 billion data center venture in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Microsoft has announced plans to build three data center sites in greater Athens, providing a badly needed investment of up...

California’s stem-cell research program nearly out of money

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's first-of-its-kind state program to fund stem-cell research is running out of money and supporters want voters to provide a...

Bernie Sanders resuming in-person campaigning to back Biden

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Bernie Sanders is returning to in-person campaigning for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March,...

Unemployment marches higher in Europe as pandemic grinds on

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August and is expected to grow further amid concern that...

Check’s in the mail? Trump doling out aid before election

CHICAGO (AP) — It's almost as if he's writing a personal check. ...

Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to US to record low

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed further slashing the number of refugees the United States accepts to a new record low...

California governor vetoes bill to aid low-income immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have authorized California to give low-income immigrants $600 to buy groceries. ...

Trump’s $200 prescription cards won’t hit mailboxes just yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump....

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next...

Trump promotes health care ‘vision’ but gaps remain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what...

Health officials eligible for state confidentiality progam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday allowed health officials to hide their addresses under a California state program designed to protect...

Virus shutdown took a toll on routine health care for kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown could cause long-term harm if not reversed,...

New Ohio House speaker’s sterling narrative has detractors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the...

Powell and Mnuchin voice optimism but back more economic aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that the U.S. economy is rebounding from...

Ginsburg’s death exposes fragility of health law protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 the newest preexisting condition, the Obama-era health law that protects Americans from insurance discrimination is more fragile following the...

More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to...

Bank of England eyes sub-zero rates in face of virus, Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England indicated Thursday that it could cut interest rates below zero for the first time in its 326-year...

Mayors vow to launch guaranteed income programs across US

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A growing number of mayors across the country support giving cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they...

While income in the US rose in 2019, so did the uninsured

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the U.S. economy crashed, median household income was the highest ever on...

Bernie Sanders: Biden win in November is no ‘slam dunk’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is warning that if onetime rival Joe Biden doesn’t do more to promote his policies and reach out to...

Amid smoke and ash, wildfire-scarred Paradise rebuilds

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — When flames chased Chuck and Janie Dee down the mountain two years ago, they thought they'd never be back. ...

Dem report: Medicare chief used fed money to bolster image

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years to bolster...

$300 in US jobless aid running out even as more seek help

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's unemployment safety net is looking increasingly shaky, with a $300-a-week federal jobless benefit from the Trump administration running out...

JPMorgan: some customers, employees misused COVID programs

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase said Tuesday that a number of its employees and customers may have abused the Paycheck Protection Program and...

Greece to boost military amid tension with neighbor Turkey

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the...

The Latest: Mexico states run out of death certificates

MEXICO CITY — The coronavirus pandemic has hit Mexico so hard that the governments of several states ran out of death certificates. ...

A new $300 federal jobless benefit? Not likely for some

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) —...

Business owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) —...

In Mexico, crime, problems resist president’s solutions

MEXICO CITY (AP) —...

Mnuchin says Trump still wants virus deal with Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressed...

Feds to ship fast COVID-19 tests to assisted living sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — A...

Eurozone unemployment capped by support programs _ for now

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) —...

The Latest: Philippines allows partial reopening in capital

MANILA, Philippines — Fitness...

Fad or future? Telehealth expansion eyed beyond pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Telehealth...

In Mexico women inmates find education chance amid pandemic

ALMOLOYA DE JUAREZ, Mexico...

Trump administration allows deferral of Social Security tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — The...

New COVID-19 mandates on health care facilities get pushback

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening...

Auditor: California’s coronavirus spending at ‘high risk’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

2 lawsuits challenge Trump’s drilling plan in Alaska refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) —...

3 years after Harvey, some in Houston still waiting for help

HOUSTON (AP) — Some...

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney...

Asia Today: Seoul surge appears to spread around South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)...

1 in 5 nursing homes short on PPE and staff in virus rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — One...

Dining out: 35 million meals claimed in UK discount plan

LONDON (AP) — Everyone,...

Sanders calls for party unity to prevent ‘authoritarianism’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) —...

States says opioid crisis has cost them $630B since 2007

U.S. state and territorial...

Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)...

The Latest: China’s community virus cases hit single digits

BEIJING — China’s newly...

Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President...

Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President...

No federal relief leaves states, cities facing big deficits

State and local government...

Azar leads highest-level US delegation to Taiwan in decades

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) —...

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) —...

US health chief to visit Taiwan, a COVID-19 success story

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S....

Obama’s Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President...

Progressives say primary wins latest sign of momentum shift

CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive...

Telemedicine provider Teladoc to spend $18.5B on Livongo

One of the nation’s...

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated...

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated...

Trump wants broader role for telehealth services in Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The...

Negotiators report progress in coronavirus relief talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers...

Tennessee state senator charged with stealing federal funds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —...

Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big...

California lawmakers propose $100 billion stimulus plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

Democratic committee OKs platform with progressives’ input

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reflecting...

With no new law to curb drug costs, Trump tries own changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable...

With no new law to curb drug costs, Trump tries own changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable...

US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —...

White House seeks advice of ‘torture memos’ author on powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President...

Dems push universal health care, police overhaul in platform

Democratic officials are moving...

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