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FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo security officers walk in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board

Jun. 1, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak, recent earthquakes and damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices reversed a lower court...

Hawaii public pension fund suffers worst loss in 17 years

May. 18, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest public pension fund suffered its worst quarterly loss in more than 17 years because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The state Employees’ Retirement System investments fell 9.5%, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. The fund’s...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 18, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. May 16, 2020. Use relief funds for recovery alone As the federal government spends astronomical sums to combat the effect of economic slowdowns due to the pandemic, Congress needs to make sure that these funds are targeted as narrowly as possible. House Democrats have presented their latest...

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. The Treasury Department and the IRS are urging taxpayers who want to get their economic impact payments directly deposited to their bank accounts to enter their information online by Wednesday, May 11, 2020. The IRS said that people should use the “Get My Payment” tool on the IRS website by noon on Wednesday to provide their direct deposit information. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Correction: US-Virus Outbreak-IRS Payments story

May. 12, 2020 11:51 AM EDT
In a story May 11, 2020, about (an IRS deadline for taxpayers to provide their direct deposit information, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the agency announced the deadline on Monday. The announcement was made Friday.
FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, chairs and tables are piled in front of a bar in St. Mark's Square, in Venice during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The coronavirus outbreak is straining social safety nets across the globe - and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions on the job, for now.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Pandemic shows contrasts between US, European safety nets

May. 10, 2020 5:18 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe — and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions on the job,...

Man sentenced for punching armed guard, trying to get gun

May. 9, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to time served and three years of probation for punching an armed guard in the face at a Social Security Administration office and attempting to obtain control of the guard's firearm. The U.S. attorney's office says 28-year-old Slaven Nedic was sentenced...

A man uses his phone to copy phone numbers posted on the locked doors of a Georgia Department of Labor office Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Norcross Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Lost your job? Here's what you need to know

May. 8, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 33.5 million Americans have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in the past 7 weeks — a stunning record high that reflects the near-complete shutdown of the U.S. economy. On Friday, the government said the U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the...

In this April 23, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump's name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio. The US government has distributed about 130 million economic impact payments to taxpayers in less than 30 days. The IRS anticipates sending more than 150 million payments as part of a massive coronavirus rescue package. The distribution has had some hiccups, including an overwhelmed website, payments to deceased taxpayers and money sent to inactive accounts. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Where's my check? Answers to common relief payment questions

May. 5, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

The US government has distributed about 130 million economic impact payments to taxpayers in less than 30 days. The IRS anticipates sending more than 150 million payments as part of a massive coronavirus rescue package. The distribution has had some hiccups, including an overwhelmed website, payments to deceased...

In this Friday, April 17, 2020 photo, Sarah Mason, from Covina, joins a crowd of people gathered at the corner of Main Street and Walnut Avenue in Huntington Beach, Calif., to protest the COVID-19 coronavirus closures. On Friday, May 1, 2020, The Associated Press reported on an altered version of this photo circulating online changed to show the the sign reading, “Barack 6 Hussein 7 Obama 5 COVID = 19 OPEN YOUR EYES.” The actual sign reads, “Give me liberty or give me death.” (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 1, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden kissing a young...

FILE - In this March 31, 2007 file photo, masked Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos, left, singer Oscar Chavez, center, and Zapatista commanders Tacho, second from right, and David talk during a meeting in Mexico City. Chavez’s office announced Thursday, April 30, 2020, that he has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verudog, File)

Mexican protest singer Oscar Chávez dies of COVID-19 at 85

Apr. 30, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Mexico’s best-known protest singers, Oscar Chávez, died Thursday at age 85 after being infected with the coronavirus. Mexico's culture secretary confirmed the singer's death, and the State Workers' Social Security Institute said he died of complications from COVID-19...