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Senate panel to hear from internet execs on privacy policies

Sep. 26, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to have more...

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Sep. 26, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated...

AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Sep. 26, 2018 2:54 AM EDT

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel's members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members from...

EU lawmakers cancel Turkey funds over democracy shortfalls

Sep. 25, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers say they are canceling 70 million euros ($82.4 million) in funding meant to help Turkey join the EU due to what they see as Ankara's failure to improve rule of law and human rights. The European Parliament's Budget Committee said Tuesday that the money would now go...

China demands US cancel arms sale to Taiwan

Sep. 25, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if Washington fails to comply. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing that the sale...

Employers giving paid leave getting tax credits in new law

Sep. 24, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers who offer paid family and medical leave to their workers earning up to $72,000 a year can receive tax credits under the new tax law, the government has affirmed. The Treasury Department issued guidelines Monday for the tax credit, which is available to employers for leave paid...

George Soros foundation sues Hungary on laws targeting NGOs

Sep. 24, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An international philanthropic organization founded by billionaire George Soros said Monday it has filed applications before the European Court of Human Rights and Hungary's Constitutional Court to challenge recent laws in Hungary targeting civic groups working with refugees and...

3 Greek journalists set free after minister's complaint

Sep. 23, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three journalists were released from custody Sunday following a complaint against them by Greece's defense minister. The publisher, editor-in-chief and political editor of daily paper "Fileleftheros" (Liberal) had voluntarily turned themselves in Saturday after Defense Minister Panos...

Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Sep. 21, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. The rules used to vary by state, but previously it could cost up to $10 to put a freeze in place. That fee often had to...

Rivals for Georgia governor clash on 'religious freedom' law

Sep. 21, 2018 3:49 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The rivals campaigning to become Georgia's next governor clashed Friday over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief — an issue the outgoing Republican governor shot down amid an outcry from business leaders who joined gay rights...