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Marines cut training to fund hurricane costs, border mission

Mar. 21, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general warned. Gen. Robert Neller said in a memo this...

Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

Mar. 21, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. That's according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of government...

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

Mar. 20, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead of coal companies, adding more debt to...

Frontier attendants, airline reach tentative deal

Mar. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Frontier Airlines flight attendants celebrated a tentative contract with the Denver-based budget carrier Wednesday, calling off a demonstration by attendants from 20 airlines in town for a union convention. The deal, reached Tuesday night with oversight from the National Mediation Board, will...

APNewsBreak: Congress' inaction endangers black lung fund

Mar. 20, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups

Mar. 19, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into the Nassau County jail, and withdrawal...

Merkel rejects criticism of German defense spending

Mar. 19, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is rejecting criticism of Germany's defense spending amid suggestions it might decline after next year that have angered the U.S. The finance minister's budget plan reportedly foresees Germany's defense spending rising to 1.37 percent of national income in 2020, then...

Palestinian agency urges donors: Match 2018 funds in 2019

Mar. 18, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees on Monday urged donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the U.S. contribution to be equally generous this year. "Last year we had an...

US bristles at Germany's reduced defense budget plans

Mar. 18, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United States is bristling at the suggestion Germany might miss its own defense spending target, which is already short of the NATO goal. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's budget plan, which is to be presented to cabinet on Wednesday, foresees Germany's defense spending rising to 1.37...

Hungarian leader tussles with EU as corruption concerns rise

Mar. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered more than 470,000 signatures to pressure...