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New Mexico legislative priorities start with virus, economy

Jan. 14, 2021 7:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top Democratic legislators in the New Mexico House of Representatives say the coronavirus pandemic and recovery efforts will drive efforts as lawmakers meet next week to push forward legislation on the economy, education and health care. “Our House Democratic priorities are to...

FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, the FBI seal is seen before a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. The U.S. government on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, said a devastating hack of federal agencies is “likely Russian in origin” and said the operation appeared to be an “intelligence gathering” effort. The assessment was disclosed in a rare public statement from the FBI and other investigative agencies. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Official: Number of victims of Russian hack likely to grow

Jan. 12, 2021 7:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal agencies and private companies who learn that they have been affected by a massive Russian hack is expected to grow as the investigation into it continues, the U.S. government's chief counterintelligence official said Tuesday. The FBI and other agencies last week...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, a closed burger eatery sits empty in Dallas. The economic damage in Texas from the coronavirus pandemic has left a nearly $1 billion deficit in the state budget. The forecast by Texas Republican Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, reflects how the nation's energy capital remains hampered by a slow recovery and a half-million fewer jobs than a year ago. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Pandemic leaves Texas with $1B deficit as virus still surges

Jan. 11, 2021 5:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has created a nearly $1 billion deficit in the Texas state budget as the nation’s energy hub remains hampered by a slow recovery and a half-million fewer jobs than a year ago. The forecast Monday by state officials is brighter than bleak projections...

Hawaii businesses bracing for unemployment tax increases

Jan. 11, 2021 10:01 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Businesses in Hawaii are anticipating a possible tripling of unemployment taxes that could slow the recovery of the economy that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations must notify employers of the state unemployment tax rate no...

Some Dartmouth students to return; rapid tests at RI airport

Jan. 9, 2021 5:31 PM EST

Coronavirus developments across New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE Half of the student body at Dartmouth College will be back on campus by Jan. 18, but most undergraduate classes will continue to be taught remotely. In an online community conversation this week, Provost Joseph Helble said confirmed cases of the...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file pool photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Newsom, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, proposed a $4 billion spending plan he says will create jobs and help small businesses recover from the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California governor plans $4 billion for economic recovery

Jan. 5, 2021 9:06 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After spending most of 2020 telling small businesses to close and limit their customers, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed $4 billion worth of state spending he says will help them survive in 2021. Newsom was the first U.S. governor to impose a statewide...

FILE - In this June 14, 2018, file photo, the FBI seal is seen before a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. The U.S. government on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, said a devastating hack of federal agencies is “likely Russian in origin” and said the operation appeared to be an “intelligence gathering” effort. The assessment was disclosed in a rare public statement from the FBI and other investigative agencies. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US: Hack of federal agencies 'likely Russian in origin'

Jan. 5, 2021 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented the U.S. government's first...

Kauai expects slow economic recovery after tourism resumes

Jan. 5, 2021 1:24 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus, but the economic recovery in the vital tourism industry could be slow. Kauai had opted out of the state program that allows trans-Pacific visitors if they produce a negative test before arrival, and the...

Delta CEO sees some recovery from travel slump later in 2021

Jan. 1, 2021 3:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The leader of Delta Air Lines is telling workers that he expects some recovery from the coronavirus travel downturn by the spring. CEO Ed Bastian writes in a New Year's Day memo to employees that he expects 2021 to start with travel deeply depressed like it was last year. But as vaccines...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 file photo, European Council President Charles Michel speaks with EU leaders during an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, to address the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. A last-minute trade deal with the United Kingdom coupled with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the final days of the year produced a sense of success for the 27-nation bloc and brought glimmers of hope to the EU's 450 million residents. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool via AP, File)

EU avoided chaos, explored new paths in turbulent 2020 year

Jan. 1, 2021 3:06 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Between the specter of Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and a new leadership team facing a budget battle, the European Union looked set to remember 2020 as an “annus horribilis.” Instead, a last-minute trade deal with the United Kingdom coupled with the rollout of COVID-19...