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Hit by a ransomware attack? Your payment may be deductible

Jun. 19, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals. But the U.S. government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: The ransoms may be tax deductible. The IRS...

The Latest: UK holds 1st festival since pandemic start

Jun. 19, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

LONDON — Thousands of heavy metal fans are camping, singing — and even moshing — in the rain at Britain’s first full music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The three-day Download Festival, taking place at Donington Park in central England, is...

As tax changes loom, farmers worry about the next generation

Jun. 19, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Michael Kovach got into the farming business 13 years ago with the purchase of a 107-acre farm in Mercer County after retiring from the oil and gas industry at 39. “I’ve worked too hard on this piece of ground to really even consider the...

Amid report on farm-related pollution, conservation cited

Jun. 19, 2021 03:07 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — Luke Brubaker admitted that he’s proud of his soil as he bent over and gestured with an extended arm to a field on his northwestern Lancaster County dairy operation. He pointed to the largely unbroken soil, where modern farming practices allow...

Top US health official visits Colorado to promote vaccines

Jun. 18, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra visited a mobile vaccine clinic near Denver on Friday to promote COVID-19 shots among underserved communities of color that have some of the nation's lowest vaccination rates. He also met with...

Proposed bill could leave Ohio casinos without sports books

Jun. 18, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some Ohio casinos and racinos could be left with losing tickets if the state Senate's sports betting legislation giving professional teams priority for obtaining a brick-and mortar sports book licenses is ultimately enacted. The bill was approved...

Leaders of Germany, France urge vigilance over virus variant

Jun. 18, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France called for vigilance Friday to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant that this week prompted Britain to delay the planned relaxation of pandemic restrictions in England. Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while...

Former US congresswoman eyed for rural development post

Jun. 18, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former U.S. Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the under secretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced...

Biden objects to raising gas tax to pay for infrastructure

Jun. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House made clear Friday that President Joe Biden was opposed to letting the federal gasoline tax rise at the rate of inflation to help pay for an infrastructure package that a bipartisan group of 21 senators is trying to craft. The gas tax...

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...