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More Americans apply for jobless benefits as layoffs settle at higher levels in recent weeks

Jul. 18, 2024 09:40 AM EDT

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits rose again last week and appear to be settling consistently at a slightly higher though still healthy level that the Federal Reserve has been aiming for. Jobless claims for the week ending July 13 rose by 20,000 to 243,000 from 223,000 the...

South Africa's president to open Parliament after historic election created a coalition government

Jul. 18, 2024 06:55 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will open a new parliamentary term Thursday to mark the official start of business for his 11-party coalition government, an uneasy union brought together by an historic election result. Ramaphosa's speech will...

The uncertainty that plagues life in crisis-ridden Venezuela is also wreaking havoc on relationships

Jul. 18, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Victoria Estevez finally met someone who saw past her shyness. They spent two months learning about their likes and dislikes, texting about their families and friends, and walking around their hometowns on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. On a trip to the capital in...

California first state to get federal funds for hydrogen energy hub to help replace fossil fuels

Jul. 17, 2024 20:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to receive federal funds under a program to create regional networks, or “hubs,” that produce hydrogen as an energy source for vehicles, manufacturing and generating electricity, officials announced Wednesday. The...

Who is Usha Vance? Yale law graduate and wife of vice presidential nominee JD Vance

Jul. 17, 2024 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Usha Chilukuri Vance, Yale law graduate and trial lawyer, was thrust into the spotlight this week after her husband, JD Vance, was chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential election. Chilukuri Vance, 38, was raised in San Diego, by Indian...

Navy exonerates 256 Black sailors unjustly punished in 1944 after a deadly California port explosion

Jul. 17, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy has exonerated 256 Black sailors who were found to be unjustly punished in 1944 following a horrific port explosion that killed hundreds of service members and exposed racist double standards among the then-segregated ranks. On July 17, 1944,...

Maryland board approves $148M in cuts to help support Medicaid, child care

Jul. 17, 2024 14:55 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland board approved $148.3 million in state spending reductions on Wednesday to balance the budget while directing more money to pay for child care and Medicaid — two priorities that Democratic Gov. Wes Moore's administration hopes will help improve a stagnant state...

Aging bridges in 16 states will be improved or replaced with the help of $5B in federal funding

Jul. 17, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

Dozens of aging bridges in 16 states will be replaced or improved with the help of $5 billion in federal grants announced Wednesday by President Joe Biden's administration, the latest beneficiaries of a massive infrastructure law. The projects range from coast to coast, with the...

UK's new government announces legislation for 'national renewal' as Parliament opens with royal pomp

Jul. 17, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new Labour Party government promised to calm the country’s febrile politics and ease its cost-of-living crisis as it set out its plans for “national renewal” at the grand State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday. Stabilizing the U.K.’s public...

Home Elusive Home: Low-income Lincoln renters often turned away

Jul. 17, 2024 13:55 PM EDT

After six months spent homeless in Lincoln, couchsurfing and staying in cheap hotel rooms with her kids, Elizabeth Ramirez got what seemed like a lifeline: A Section 8 housing choice voucher to help pay rent. But then she started calling landlords. The first one turned her down, then...