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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2020 file photo, a worker shows a wad of Cuban pesos in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. In 2021, the government is implementing a deep financial reform that reduces subsidies, eliminates a dual currency that was key to the old system, and raises salaries, in hopes of boosting productivity to help alleviate an economic crisis and reconfigure a socialist system that will still grant universal benefits such as free health care and education. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Cuba tweaks socialist model to encourage work amid crisis

Jan. 14, 2021 3:26 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — For more than 60 years, Cuba supplied at least some rice, milk, beans, sugar, chicken, electrical power and even cigarettes to its people nearly free of cost regardless of whether they worked, allowing many to survive without a job or depend solely on remittances. But this year, the...

Lawsuit: Community college program was human trafficking

Jan. 14, 2021 1:22 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eleven students from Brazil and Chile have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a northwest Iowa community college, a recruitment company, a pet food manufacturer and a packaging company of human trafficking and involuntary servitude. The lawsuit filed Monday in the Northern District of...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, then-U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer Lisa Baird speaks about the Team USA WinterFest for the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. Soccer is no longer managing the National Women's Soccer League although some aspects of the partnership remain, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. Baird spoke Tuesday, Jan. 12,c2021, on a wide-ranging conference call with reporters ahead of the league's draft on Wednesday night.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

US Soccer's relationship with NWSL changing

Jan. 12, 2021 3:53 PM EST

U.S. Soccer is no longer managing the National Women's Soccer League, although some aspects of the partnership remain, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said Tuesday. Baird spoke on a wide-ranging conference call with reporters ahead of the league's draft Wednesday night. She also announced that a franchise in...

Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border to laud border wall

Jan. 9, 2021 9:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration's work on the border wall, the White House said Saturday. Trump will travel to the town of Alamo, Texas. He will mark the completion of 400 miles of border wall and his...

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2020 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  U.S. stocks are ticking higher on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, despite a sober reminder of how many jobs the pandemic is destroying, as Wall Street keeps focusing more on the economy’s potentially brighter future than its current pain. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Stock market shakes off a slump to reach more record highs

Jan. 8, 2021 5:16 PM EST

Wall Street notched more milestones Friday as the market largely shrugged off another discouraging jobs report amid expectations that the incoming Biden administration will pump more aid into the pandemic-ravaged economy. The S&P 500 rose 0.5%, its second straight record high, after bouncing back from a...

Pragmatic pandemic budget: No new programs, tax rates steady

Jan. 8, 2021 3:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ proposals for shoring up the current budget and guiding spending over the next two years reflect a pragmatic approach that holds taxes steady and offers no new programs, she said Friday. Her two-year, $8.4 billion proposal is nearly flat —...

McMaster proposes $500M for rainy day fund in new budget

Jan. 8, 2021 3:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As other states trim expenses and borrow money amid the economic fallout prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is already looking to shore up the state's rainy day fund with $500 million for a future crisis. McMaster released his spending proposals...

2 accused of fraudulently obtaining $2.2M in COVID-19 loans

Jan. 8, 2021 12:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two men are accused of converting for personal use more than $2.2 million in loans meant to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Aaron Lloyd, 50, of Lebanon, and Russell A. Schort, 38, of Myrtle Creek, are charged with wire fraud, bank fraud and money...

Vegas newspapers back in court in joint operations dispute

Jan. 5, 2021 7:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rival daily newspapers in Nevada’s largest city are trading new broadsides in their years-long legal fight over one of the last remaining joint-operating agreements in the U.S. Attorneys for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun went before a federal magistrate judge...

Alaska service industry cheers new federal relief funding

Dec. 31, 2020 11:49 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Small businesses in Alaska say new federal coronavirus relief funds will provide needed aid, especially for those in the service industry facing their slowest time of the year. The aid package grants almost $300 billion nationwide in new forgivable loans. The first round of...