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EXPLAINER: Chinese builder’s debt struggle rattles investors

Dec. 07, 2021 04:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global investors are watching nervously as one of China’s biggest real estate developers tries to avoid a default on its $310 billion mountain of debt. Evergrande Group, which is scrambling to turn assets into cash, rattled financial markets Friday when it warned...

Expo 2020's workers face hardships despite Dubai's promises

Dec. 05, 2021 07:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Intent on making a flawless impression as the first host of the world's fair in the Middle East, Dubai sought to leave nothing to chance. It poured billions of dollars into its pristine fairgrounds and jubilant festivities that opened...

Police: Man charged in killing of woman at church

Dec. 02, 2021 14:40 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police announced Thursday that they've charged a 62-year-old man in the killing of a grandmother at a church last month. Police said the warrant apprehension task force took Manzie Smith Jr. into custody Wednesday and he was charged with...

Laos-China railway to launch as debt to Beijing mounts

Dec. 02, 2021 07:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Laos, a nation of 7 million people wedged between China, Vietnam and Thailand, is opening a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that links China's poor southwest to foreign markets but piles on potentially risky debt. The line through lush tropical...

Jury selection begins in trial stemming from workplace death

Dec. 01, 2021 09:21 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Jury selection got underway Wednesday for the trial of a roofing contractor charged in the death of a worker who fell from a roof because of alleged unsafe working conditions. The trial of Michael Purvis was initially scheduled for March 2020, but...

Mold closes VCU dorm, displacing more than 400 students

Nov. 30, 2021 08:48 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia Commonwealth University students have been displaced after elevated levels of mold were found in a freshman dormitory. VCU announced last week that Johnson Hall will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, news outlets...

GOP-majority court chosen to consider Biden vaccine mandate

Nov. 16, 2021 17:37 PM EST

Challenges to President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers will be consolidated in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, a panel dominated by judges appointed by Republicans. The Cincinnati-based court was selected Tuesday in a random drawing...

Nuclear plant price doubles to $28.5B as other owners balk

Nov. 04, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The cost of two nuclear reactors being built in Georgia is now $28.5 billion, more than twice the original price tag, and the other owners of Plant Vogtle argue Georgia Power Co. has triggered an agreement requiring Georgia Power to shoulder a larger share of the financial...

Georgia nuclear reactors delayed again as costs mount

Oct. 25, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. is pushing back the startup date for its two new nuclear reactors near Augusta, saying it's still redoing sloppy construction work and that contractors still aren't meeting deadlines. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. now says the...

'Murf Roast' raises $128K for Housing Authority

Oct. 23, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Not normally the butt of jokes, Mike Murphy took some ribbing Thursday evening and hardly seemed offended. Maybe because the longtime engineer and building contractor had about 128,000 reasons to take the zingers in stride. ...