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Report shows US deficit to exceed $1 trillion next year

Aug. 21, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The...

North Carolina Republicans unveil tax refund bill

Aug. 21, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans say they want to return to taxpayers much of the largest state government revenue surplus in over a decade. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger say their chambers will advance a bill that would give refunds to more than 5 million taxpayers....

Portland's new legal aid program helps nearly 450 immigrants

Aug. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A free legal assistance program for immigrants in Portland, Oregon, has provided about 450 immigrants and asylum-seekers with lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings in its first year and now has additional support from the state. The program called Universal Reception...

Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Aug. 21, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space...

Ryanair wins 1, loses 1, in court cases to stop strikes

Aug. 21, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ryanair has lost a High Court bid in London to block strikes by its U.K. pilots but succeed in court action against Irish pilots. Judge Christina Lambert rejected the airline's urgent application Wednesday for an injunction against the British Airline Pilots' Association. That means a strike...

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

Aug. 21, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor has vetoed additional funding for the state's ferry service. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget by the Legislature, CoastAlaska reported Monday. The Legislature previously cut $43 million...

University of Alaska regents cancel financial declaration

Aug. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has cancelled a declaration allowing it to take drastic financial steps in the face of budget cuts, officials said. The regents voted 10-0 Tuesday to rescind the declaration of financial exigency made nearly a month ago, The Anchorage Daily...

Alaska governor OKs smaller oil-wealth check for now

Aug. 20, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy faced a tricky political decision. Should he take a hard line in his push to pay residents nearly $3,000 this year from the state's oil-wealth fund, a centerpiece of his campaign last year, or accept a lesser amount approved by lawmakers who have not been...

Seeking to end NC budget impasse, Cooper talks to educators

Aug. 20, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Republican lawmakers need to meet with him to end a budget stalemate and give North Carolina public school teachers and staff better raises than what the GOP offered in the spending bill he vetoed. Cooper talked to some teachers and other education...

What to expect as Italy's looks to a new government

Aug. 20, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — As Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte steps down, the question is whether hardline, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can force new elections in hopes of grabbing the premiership. In announcing his resignation Tuesday before the Senate, Conte blamed Salvini for pulling the plug on a...