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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, a patched sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington. California created what supporters called its own nation-leading, state-level version of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after critics said the Trump administration significantly weakened national protections, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law changes the existing Department of Business Oversight into the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation in what proponents said is the first such move by any state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

California expands financial protections after US rollback

Sep. 25, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday created what supporters call its own nation-leading, state-level version of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after critics said the Trump administration significantly weakened national protections. The legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed...

FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, a man uses the dating app Tinder in New Delhi.  Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple as part of a newly formed coalition calling for “fair treatment” in the way the tech giant runs its app store. The Coalition for App Fairness, a Washington-based nonprofit, launched Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020,  and will advocate for legal and regulatory changes.  (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

Apple's smaller rivals unite to fight iPhone app store rules

Sep. 24, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for “fair treatment” in the way the tech giants run their app stores. The Coalition for App Fairness, a Washington-based nonprofit, launched Thursday and...

Michigan House votes to shield employers from virus lawsuits

Sep. 23, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan House voted Wednesday to shield health providers and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by patients, employees or customers, advancing bills that majority Republicans said would give businesses more comfort to reopen and block frivolous complaints....

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

DOJ nearing antitrust action on Google; Trump eyes tech curb

Sep. 23, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump pushed his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, touting curbs on...

Attorney Alexander Klauser and chairman of the consumer protection association Peter Kolba, from left, speake during a joint press conference of a class action lawsuit against the Tirol regional authorities for failing in their public health duties, related to the virus outbreak in the ski-resort of Ischgl, seen as a key location from which the virus spread across Europe, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Group sues Austrian govt over ski resort virus outbreak

Sep. 23, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian consumer protection group said Wednesday it has filed four civil lawsuits against the country's government for failing to contain a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort that has been blamed for thousands of infections worldwide during the early phase of the pandemic. The...

Former ITT students in Indiana to get $10M in debt relief

Sep. 15, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 1,000 students who were enrolled at now-closed ITT Technical Institute campuses in Indiana are eligible for nearly $10 million in student loan forgiveness, the state’s attorney general announced Tuesday. Indiana's share of a $330 million national settlement follows...

Illinois AG: Former ITT students to get $9.4M in debt relief

Sep. 15, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Students who were enrolled at now-closed ITT Technical Institute campuses in Illinois are eligible for $9.4 million in student loan debt relief, the state's attorney general announced Tuesday. Illinois' share of a $330 million national settlement follows investigations by several attorneys...

French Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, right, is welcomed by Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, for the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

EU heavyweights seek strict rules for digital currencies

Sep. 11, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Finance ministers from five of Europe's biggest economies called Friday for the European Union to produce strict rules for new, private digital currencies such as Facebook-backed Libra and ban those that don't comply. The ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands said...

2 key Rhode Island coronavirus metrics on the decline

Sep. 8, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two key indicators of how well Rhode Island is containing the coronavirus are heading in the right direction, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The seven-day rolling average of daily new confirmed cases in the state dropped over...

ACLU drops lawsuit alleging agency's retaliatory complaint

Sep. 7, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Monday dropped its lawsuit that accused a former lawyer for the state utilities regulating agency of filing a baseless, retaliatory complaint against two environmental activists. Last month, U.S. District Judge Holly Teeter gutted...