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This photo shows a night view of city center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug. 10, 2020. Malaysia has reported its economy contracted 17% in the last quarter in its worst downturn since the global financial crisis. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian economy shrinks 17% in worst contraction on record

Aug. 14, 2020 3:46 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has reported its economy contracted 17% in the last quarter in its worst downturn since the global financial crisis. The central bank said the real rate of annual growth was 16.5% in the April-June quarter, down from a 2% contraction in the first quarter of the year....

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo a car drives through a darkened Montclair Village as Pacific Gas & Electric power shutdowns continue in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas and Electric promised regulators Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that it has learned from its mishandling of deliberate blackouts and won't disrupt as many people's lives during the pandemic this year, when the utility expects to rely on outages to prevent its outdated grid from starting deadly fires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E tells regulators upcoming outages will go more smoothly

Aug. 14, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric promised regulators Thursday that it has learned from its mishandling of deliberate blackouts and won’t disrupt as many people’s lives during the pandemic this year, when the utility expects to rely on outages to prevent its outdated grid from...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Trump's EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

Aug. 13, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit potent greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier...

FILE - In this April 30, 2020 file photo, Ethan Cale walks from the American Airlines ticket counter in Salt Lake City.   American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday, Aug. 13.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

American considering cutting flights to many smaller cities

Aug. 13, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline executive familiar with the matter said Thursday. American agreed to keep serving those smaller cities as a condition...

FILE - In this May, 8, 2013 file photo, Illinois Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, speaks at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Link was charged in federal court Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 with filing a false tax return, the latest Illinois lawmaker to face public corruption charges. Link reported an income of $264,450 in 2016 when the

Longtime Illinois state senator hit with federal tax charge

Aug. 13, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime state Sen. Terry Link was charged in federal court Thursday with filing a false tax return, the latest Illinois lawmaker to face public corruption charges. Link reported an income of $264,450 in 2016 when the "defendant knew that the total income substantially exceeded that...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts addresses lawmakers in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, on the last day of a legislative session marked by major disruptions from the coronavirus and political feuds that often turned personal. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska lawmakers OK property tax credits as session ends

Aug. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers approved new tax credits for homeowners, farmers and businesses and put more restrictions on abortions Thursday as they finished a session marred by ugly public disputes and criticism that they didn't do enough to address the coronavirus pandemic. The 60-day session...

Water flows from a showerhead on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow. But consumer and conservation groups said the Department of Energy’s proposed loosening of a 28-year-old energy law is silly, unnecessary and wasteful, especially as the West bakes through a historic two-decade-long megadrought. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules

Aug. 13, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. Publicly talking about the need to keep his hair “perfect,” President Donald Trump has made...

Dulce Garcia, right, carries a cup of coffee as she crosses the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, Calif., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Like many in Mexicali, Garcia lives in Mexico but works in Calexico.

Mexico to keep US border closed to non-essential travel

Aug. 13, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico plans to extend the closure of its shared border with the United States for another month to non-essential travel, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday. The current agreement runs through Aug. 21, but Ebrard said it does not make sense to reopen the border...

Melak Jashaami, center, is surrounded by family and friends dancing and clapping in a traditional Arabic celebration honoring Jashaami's graduation on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 from Lewiston High School. The single person ceremonies happened at hour intervals through the day at Connors Elementary School in Lewiston to keep participants safer from the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP)

UMS moves to limit out-of-state travel by students, faculty

Aug. 13, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is proposing travel restrictions to limit exposure to the coronavirus by students and faculty. UMS says it's discouraging personal travel by students, staff or faculty outside of Maine during the fall semester and will require a quarantine or test upon...

Marijuana legalization measure to appear on November ballot

Aug. 13, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Secretary of State certified that a measure seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in the state has gathered enough signatures to appear on the November ballot. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults over...