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Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states

ATLANTA (AP) — Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election...

Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel

Boeing said Wednesday that it will cut 7,000 more jobs as it continues to bleed money during a pandemic that has smothered demand for...

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations...

Peru’s Machu Picchu reopening Sunday after pandemic closure

MACHU PICCHU, Peru (AP) — Except workers repairing roads and signs, Peru's majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is eerily empty ahead of its...

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by...

Voting by mail isn’t so easy on Native American reservations

MISSION, S.D. (AP) — The small, brick post office in Mission, South Dakota, sees steady business most days as people wait outside to allow...

Paris train attack hero makes bid for Congress from Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2015, Alek Skarlatos and two friends thwarted an attack by a gunman on a Paris-bound train, a dramatic and...

Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work

Health policy specialists questioned White House officials' claim that federal rules on essential workers allow Vice President Mike Pence to continue to campaign and...

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a...

Asia Today: Melbourne holds off on easing amid new outbreak

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia's Victoria state to hold off on...

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any...

Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of...

Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

CAN YOU TRUST THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO DELIVER YOUR BALLOT ON TIME? ...

US airlines still piling up losses but say demand is rising

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic chokes off air travel, but a recent uptick...

British Airways parent company slashes passenger forecast

LONDON (AP) — The parent company of British Airways has cut its fourth-quarter passenger forecast to just 30% of last year’s level as government...

China’s BYD, Japan’s Hino announce electric truck venture

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese electric car brand BYD Auto and Japanese truck maker Hino Motors said Wednesday they are jointly setting up a company...

Cathay Pacific cuts 8,500 jobs, shutters regional airline

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut a regional airline as it...

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the...

Papers shed light on early years of ‘Old Ironsides,’ Navy

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum has acquired more than 150 documents, including correspondence from President George Washington's secretary of war and the leader of the...

Funeral homes offer limousine rides to the polls nationwide

BALTIMORE (AP) — Some voters could ride in style to the polls on Election Day courtesy of funeral home limousines offered to chauffer older...

NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

KESTER, Belgium (AP) — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some...

Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped one million for the...

Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — What will it take to get people flying again? International air traffic is down 92% this year as travelers worry...

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...

Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the...

UK Space Agency backs medical drone delivery project

LONDON (AP) — A medical drone delivery service founded by trainee doctors that aims to transport coronavirus samples, test kits and protective equipment between...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and...

Postal Service agrees to reverse service changes

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana...

Greek civil servants walk off job in 24-hour strike

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour strike Thursday over demands that include better pay for health...

Mexico experts find 2,000 ruin sites near Maya train route

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Wednesday they have detected more than 2,000 pre-Hispanic ruins or clusters of artefacts along the proposed...

Airline crew reports jetpack flier near Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials are investigating a report from an airline crew member that someone was flying in a jetpack as the plane...

United loses $1.8 billion, aims to shift focus to recovery

United Airlines financial hole grew deeper over the summer as a modest recovery in air travel slowed down, pushing the carrier to a loss...

A taste for travel? Finnair to sell plane food in shops

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish carrier Finnair will start selling business class airplane food in supermarkets in a move to keep its catering staff employed...

Mail carrier ‘real hero’ for helping man cut by chainsaw

NORWALK, Calif. (AP) — A mail carrier on his route in Southern California came to the rescue of a 70-year-old man who accidentally cut...

Report: Social media influencers push voting misinformation

CHICAGO (AP) — Social media influencers, partisan news outlets and even President Donald Trump's son are driving the spread of online misinformation swirling around...

Delta posts $5.4 billion 3Q loss as pandemic hammers travel

The summer travel season was even worse than expected for Delta Air Lines, which said Tuesday that it lost $5.4 billion in the third...

Michelle Obama, LeBron James team to help boost early voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A voter initiative led by Michelle Obama is partnering with a similar group founded by NBA star LeBron James and other...

Southwest Airlines to expand in Houston and Chicago in 2021

Southwest Airlines said Monday it will expand in Houston and Chicago by starting flights to those cities' largest airports, stepping up its head-to-head competition...

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

NEW YORK (AP) — For the Rev. Jimmy Gates Sr., the 2008 presidential election year was one to remember — and not just because...

British Airways CEO replaced as company fights for survival

LONDON (AP) — British Airways has replaced CEO Alex Cruz after 4 1/2 years on the job as part of a broad shake-up as...

Some worried Democrats have 2nd thoughts on voting by mail

Ann Mintz and Clifford Wagner have been struggling with indecision about the election for weeks. Their angst isn't over whom to vote for —...

To dodge sanctions Venezuela turns to Asia asphalt giant

MIAMI (AP) — Back in January, a yearlong campaign of U.S. sanctions was taking its toll at Venezuela’s state-run oil company. Many of PDVSA’s...

In about-face, Trump seeks to salvage parts of virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to salvage a few priority items lost in the rubble of COVID-19 relief talks that...

US court denies bid to force expanded Indiana mail-in voting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that aimed to make mail-in ballots available to all Indiana voters for this...

Trump signals willingness to help airlines and markets jump

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Shares in major U.S. airlines jumped at the opening bell, pulling the broader market along, after President Donald Trump...

The Latest: 26 nations urge US to lift sanctions amid virus

UNITED NATIONS -- China and 25 other nations have called for the immediate lifting of sanctions by the United States and Western countries to...

CEO says Southwest needs union pay cuts to avoid furloughs

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will cut pay for nonunion workers in January and says union workers must also accept less pay or face...

Mexico announces $14 billion in infrastructure projects

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president announced a program of 39 joint public-private infrastructure projects Monday worth about $14 billion to help revive the...

Asia Today: Remote learning begins in virus-hit Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Grade school and high school students in the Philippines began classes at home Monday after the coronavirus pandemic forced remote-learning...

Democratic proposal for more airline aid stalls in Congress

A proposal by House Democrats to give the airline industry $28.8 billion to avert thousands of furloughs failed to advance on Friday, marking a...

California’s Port of Long Beach debuts massive new bridge

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The completion of a gigantic and elegant new bridge serving Southern California's massive twin ports of Long Beach and...

Groups sue Texas governor to block limits on ballot drops

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Civil rights and voter advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block an order by Texas Gov. Greg...

Texas governor restricts mail-in ballot drop-off locations

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday dramatically reduced the state's number of drop-off sites for mail-in ballots, a move the...

Virus has Chinese tourists heading for domestic destinations

HONG KONG (AP) — Millions of Chinese tourists usually spend their weeklong National Day holidays traveling abroad. ...

House Democrats pass partisan COVID bill; relief talks drag

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House narrowly passed a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Thursday night, a move that came as top-level talks...

US layoffs remain elevated as incomes and spending weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to...

Airline furloughs begin as federal pandemic relief expires

U.S. airlines began furloughing more than 32,000 employees on Thursday after a federal prohibition on job cuts expired. ...

Carnival cancels most 2020 US cruises as CDC extends ban

Carnival Cruise Line is canceling most U.S. sailings through the end of this year, the latest sign that the cruise industry’s recovery from the...

Push to bring coronavirus vaccines to the poor faces trouble

LONDON (AP) — An ambitious humanitarian project to deliver coronavirus vaccines to the world's poorest people is facing potential shortages of money, cargo planes,...

New Ford CEO replaces CFO, pledges stronger profit margins

DETROIT (AP) — On his first day in Ford's top job, CEO Jim Farley is replacing the company's chief financial officer and announcing other...

American, United to furlough 32,000 as time runs out on aid

American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a...

Pelosi and Mnuchin have ‘extensive’ talks on COVID relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation" Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting...

US imposes sanctions on Cuba’s Raul Castro’s son-in-law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is targeting the son-in-law of retired Cuban leader Raul Castro with sanctions as it steps up its campaign...

Trump approves permit for Alaska cross-border railroad line

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a permit for a proposed rail line connecting Alaska and Canada. ...

Regulators crack down on aggressive, dubious debt collectors

NEW YORK (AP) — Those mysterious debt collectors who call insisting you’ll be in legal peril if you don’t pay them big bucks are...

Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

DETROIT (AP) — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. ...

Clipped wings: Virus turns tennis pros’ flights into ordeals

PARIS (AP) — For the part of their job that some tennis players have always disliked — flying — Jack Sock says he toyed...

US lawmakers propose tighter rules for new airplanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers who criticized regulators over the way they approved the Boeing 737 Max will propose changing the way that the Federal...

Uber gets back London license after winning court challenge

LONDON (AP) — Uber can keep operating in London after the ride-hailing company won a court appeal on Monday against the refusal by transit...

Handball rule draws widespread ire in penalty-dominated EPL

Jose Mourinho had seen enough. ...

Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country

NIXON, Nev. (AP) — Many older people living on the expansive Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in northern Nevada relied on the tribe's senior services...

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

PARIS (AP) — Another COVID-19 problem that the U.N. is trying to solve: how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped...

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this...

Health officials seek to block Trump rally in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald...

Post office defends on claims that cuts threaten election

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for the U.S. Postal Service argued in court Thursday against accusations that service cuts are slowing down the mail and...

Lufthansa to try out pre-flight corona tests on routes to US

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an...

UK says no-deal Brexit could see 7,000-truck border queues

LONDON (AP) — There there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after...

Census takers head to homeless shelters, outdoor camps

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Starting this week, census takers are grabbing reflective vests, face masks, bug spray and flashlights and heading out at night...

Longtime ally to Trump’s postal chief was paid by RNC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was recently paid by President Donald Trump's...

Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

NEW YORK (AP) — For the second time in a week, a federal judge said a nationwide order is necessary to ensure mail for...

Lufthansa pulls more big jets, issues gloomy outlook

German airline Lufthansa, already bailed out by the government, says it will have to make more staff cuts and mothball more jumbo jets than...

Baltic Sea ferry runs aground in Finnish waters, no injuries

HELSINKI (AP) — A Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people aboard ran aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden...

Watchdog: FAA not prepared to update jet evacuation rules

DETROIT (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't updated standards for emergency airliner evacuations in nearly two decades, a period when travelers have increasingly...

Postal service to stop misleading mailers in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday agreed to destroy any mailers with misleading information about Colorado mail voting that it had...

Ohio limit of 1 ballot drop box per county blocked, appealed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has temporarily blocked the Republican secretary of state’s order limiting counties in the critical presidential battleground to...

AP-NORC poll: Majority plan to vote before Election Day

DENVER (AP) — A majority of President Donald Trump's supporters plan to cast their ballot on Election Day, while about half of Joe Biden's...

US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack...

Rescuers reach people cut off by Gulf Coast hurricane

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers on the Gulf Coast used boats and high-water vehicles Thursday to reach people cut off by floodwaters in the...

The Latest: New tropical depression forms in the Gulf

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: ...

Pennsylvania Democrats notch key election-related court wins

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court gave the Democratic Party a series of victories Thursday in the presidential battleground state, relaxing deadlines in...

Raytheon doubles job cuts to 15,000, citing airline downturn

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Raytheon Technologies Corp. plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year at its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt &...

Panel’s report blasts Boeing, FAA for crashes, seeks reforms

A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet...

Seoul: N. Korea may conduct underwater-launched missile test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may soon conduct its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in about a year, a top South Korean...

DP World, Israeli firm to bid for Haifa port privatization

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based port operator DP World said Wednesday it would partner with an Israeli firm in a bid to...

OPEC cuts oil demand forecasts, BP sees ‘peak oil’ in 2020s

LONDON (AP) — Developing countries' difficulty in containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic will keep a lid on global oil demand, particularly in...

Thai court allows Thai Airways to file for reorganization

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Central Bankruptcy Court on Monday gave the go-ahead to financially ailing Thai Airways International to submit a business reorganization plan...

The Latest: Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

BEIJING — Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say. ...

Big airlines fight with smaller ones over airport rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing allowing airlines to hold on to their valuable takeoff and landing slots at several big U.S. airports,...

Greece seeks shelter for thousands after refugee camp fire

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Authorities on Friday sought to shelter thousands of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed...

VW truck maker MAN plans to cut up to 9,500 jobs

BERLIN (AP) — Truck and bus maker MAN, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, said Friday that it plans to shed up to 9,500 jobs worldwide...

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