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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

EPA expected to undo methane leak rule for oil, gas industry

Aug. 13, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier...

Dr. Idriss Abdallah of the health activism group called Banlieues Sante, left, nurse Caroline Andoum, center, talk inside a tent in Bondy, north of Paris, Thursday Aug. 6, 2020. Festering beneath France's promise of guaranteed health care for all lie deep disparities across economic and racial lines – differences laid painfully bare by the COVID-19 crisis. (AP Photo/Arno Pedram)

Virus exposes economic, racial divide in French health care

Aug. 13, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

BONDY, France (AP) — Festering beneath France’s promise of guaranteed health care for all lie deep disparities across economic and racial lines — differences laid painfully bare by the COVID-19 crisis. Two recent studies have documented these gaps, but government officials haven’t...

In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

Aug. 12, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Some are worried their districts are unable to offer a strong virtual learning...

This photo provided by Dirt Candy shows Amanda Cohen, a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group formed in response to the economic fallout from the pandemic. She’s the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York.  (Georgi Richardson/Dirt Candy via AP)

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

Aug. 9, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in New York City. 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 Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, F-26 fighter jets from the DC Air National Guard fly over FedEx Field before an NFL football game against between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the team formerly known as Redskins will go by Washington Football Team until a new name is chosen. Washington will keep its burgundy and gold colors and replace the Indian head logo on helmets with a player's jersey number.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Ex-Redskins become Washington Football Team for 2020 season

Jul. 23, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

The NFL team formerly known as the Redskins will go by the Washington Football Team for at least the 2020 season, giving the organization time to choose a new, full-time name. Gone is the Indian head logo and the name Native American advocates have called a dictionary-defined racial slur. Here to stay are the...

Uganda's Bobi Wine, urging unity, launches presidential bid

Jul. 22, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan activist Bobi Wine has launched a new political party ahead of a presidential election in which he hopes to be the face of a united opposition against the country's long-time leader. The popular singer and lawmaker, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has led a political...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, two people walk past a closed sign at a retail store in Chicago. Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly. There is now evidence to back up those complaints. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Head of the line: Big companies got coronavirus loans first

Jul. 20, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly. There is now evidence to back up those complaints. An Associated Press analysis of...

Internet disrupted in Iran province as police disperse rally

Jul. 17, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police dispersed protesters in southwestern Iran angry over the Islamic Republic's anemic economy amid a U.S. sanctions campaign, a news report said on Friday, and internet access to the wider region was disrupted as demonstrators shared videos of the rally. ...

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, shows a new housing project in the West Bank settlement of Naale. Peter Beinart, an influential American commentator, has shocked the Jewish establishment and Washington policy-making circles by breaking a long-standing taboo: He has endorsed the idea of a democratic entity of Jews and Palestinians living with equal rights between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israel supporter's dramatic shift shocks establishment

Jul. 17, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An influential American commentator has sent shock waves through the Jewish establishment and Washington policy-making circles by breaking a long-standing taboo: He has endorsed the idea of a democratic entity of Jews and Palestinians living with equal rights between the Jordan River and...