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New government in Lebanon renews central bank audit

Sep. 17, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s incoming finance minister signed a contract on Friday with a New-York-based company to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s central bank, a key demand of the international community to restore confidence in the crisis-struck country. ...

China applies to join Pacific trade pact abandoned by Trump

Sep. 17, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has applied to join an 11-nation Asia-Pacific free trade group in an effort to increase its influence over international policies. Commerce Minister Wang Wentao submitted an application to the trade minister of New Zealand as a representative of the...

Johnston, RI, approves Amazon warehouse promising 1,500 jobs

Sep. 16, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Johnston Town Council voted to approve a 20-year tax deal with Amazon to build a large warehouse there. Under the agreement approved Wednesday, Amazon will pay an average of $7.2 million a year in property taxes, The Boston Globe reported. ...

Indiana governor's lawyers could bill nearly $200K for suit

Sep. 14, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana governor’s office has signed a contract paying a law firm up to nearly $200,000 for challenging the increased power state legislators gave themselves to intervene during public health emergencies. The governor’s office released the...

UK minister: Regulator concern sank deal for Valneva shot

Sep. 14, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government canceled an agreement with French vaccine maker Valneva partly because it was clear the company’s COVID-19 shot wouldn’t be approved by British regulators, the health secretary said Tuesday. Sajid Javid’s comments came a day after...

Britain ends contract with French startup for vaccines

Sep. 13, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government has canceled an agreement to buy at least 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the French pharmaceutical startup Valneva after alleging that the company breached its contract obligations. Valneva shares plummeted Monday on the...

Superior officials spar over revenues from tourism industry

Sep. 11, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — City and tourism officials are fighting over the future of the tourism industry in Superior. The dispute centers on who should receive funding that’s generated from room tax revenues for tourism promotion. The Superior City Council is weighing...

Vaccine mandate spawns new fear: finding and keeping workers

Sep. 10, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

The new federal vaccine requirement announced by President Joe Biden has created another worry for large businesses: With help wanted signs up almost everywhere, some could lose valuable employees or won't be able to find new ones. Biden announced sweeping new orders...

Judge unimpressed by latest argument in Abu Ghraib case

Sep. 10, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A military contractor being sued for alleged complicity in the torture of inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison argued Friday that recent Supreme Court cases make clear it can't be held liable for misconduct that occurred overseas, but a judge was skeptical. ...

Ex-Army captain pleads guilty to aiding wife's Army business

Sep. 09, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Army captain has pleaded guilty to charges that he helped his wife’s business with military contracts, federal authorities said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a news release that John...