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Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 11 The Los Angles Times on TikTok and WeChat: Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa's Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general's requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state's involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Gov. Kim Reynolds' approval before he would join multistate lawsuits.(AP Photo/Matthew Putney, File)

Iowa governor has stopped AG from joining anti-Trump suits

Aug. 3, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general's requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state's involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa...

Governor threatens to limit party sizes as virus cases rise

Jul. 31, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he’ll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if virus cases continue to trend upward. The state is investigating at least eight new clusters of the...

Unions sue USDA over faster chicken plant production speeds

Jul. 28, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The union representing workers at chicken processing plants in six states sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying its policy of allowing companies to slaughter birds more quickly endangers workers and makes it more difficult to protect against spread of the...

FILE - In this Friday, May 15, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing a mask, left, walks by a Dollar Tree, while another woman waits in line to shop at the store, which is limiting customers amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

As tide turns, retailers that resisted masks relent

Jul. 25, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the parent of Southern grocery chain Winn-Dixie said that it wasn't going to require customers to wear masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, the response was brutal, with some loyal patrons vowing on social media never to shop there again. Days later, Winn-Dixie...

Burger King in China apologizes after state TV criticism

Jul. 17, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Burger King's China unit has issued a public apology and promised to cooperate with a government investigation after state TV reported one of the U.S. fast food giant's outlets used expired ingredients. The Burger King in the southern city of Nanchang was criticized Thursday on an annual...

Massachusetts sues company over sale of flavored vapes

Jul. 16, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An online e-cigarette company continued to sell flavored tobacco products to Massachusetts consumers, and failed to protect against delivery of their products to minors, in violation of state law, state Attorney General Maura Healey said in a lawsuit. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior...

An attendant, front, directs park guests to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom during the reopening at Walt Disney World, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

Jul. 11, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios...

Horst Seehofer (CSU), Federal Minister of the Interior, Homeland and Construction, presents the 2019 Report on the Protection of the Constitution at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 9 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)

German intel warns against giving data to Chinese tech firms

Jul. 9, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence agency is warning consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms could end up in the hands of China's government. In its annual report released Thursday, the BfV agency noted that Chinese government offices have...

EU court: diesel customers can sue VW where they bought cars

Jul. 9, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that buyers of Volkswagen cars fitted with software installed to cheat diesel emissions tests can sue the automaker in the country where they bought the car rather than seeking damages in Germany. The European Court of Justice was asked to...