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Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A 24-hour strike in Greece has halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country, as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

Feb. 18, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country Tuesday as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. Flights, as well as national rail and bus services, were not...

Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

Feb. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of...

President Donald Trump displays photos of the border wall under construction as he speaks to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wall claim is beyond 'redemption'

Feb. 15, 2020 8:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the public that Mexico is covering the cost, just as he promised...

Libya's oil corporation: blockade losses exceed $1.3 billion

Feb. 11, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Economic fallout continues from the shutdown of Libya’s vital oil fields, with losses surpassing $1.3 billion, the national oil corporation announced Tuesday. The latest contest over oil assets in Libya started last month, when powerful tribes loyal to eastern-based forces laying siege...

Court rules in favor of Philadelphia's salary history ban

Feb. 6, 2020 4:09 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Employers in Philadelphia cannot ask job applicants for their salary history, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially reversed a lower court's 2018 decision that said the city could not ban employers from asking about salary history but...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell arrives to testify before the Congress Joint Economic Committee, on the economic outlook, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  About a year ago, Federal Reserve policymakers were nervous. The financial markets were cratering and worries about a trade war abounded, yet the Fed couldn't gauge the economic impact.  Fed policymakers turned to a backup: Consumer spending figures that the Fed had purchased from First Data, a card payment company. That data showed only a small decline in spending in December, followed by a solid gain in January. The Fed's experience provides a tantalizing glimpse of how technology could improve the way government officials track the economy. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

How's the economy? Fed increasingly turns to private data

Feb. 5, 2020 12:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — About a year ago, Federal Reserve officials were nervous. Markets were cratering. Fear about a trade war was rising. The officials needed to know if the turmoil was chilling consumer spending. Problem was, a partial shutdown of the government had halted the release of most economic data....

This Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo shows the W-4 form in New York.  The IRS has introduced a new Form W-4 that must be used by all employers in 2020 to better accommodate recent changes to the tax law.  It's the biggest overhaul of the form in decades. It can require a bit more legwork but in return, the IRS says it will yield more accurate results.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

What for W-4? Why you should care about the new tax form

Feb. 5, 2020 12:27 PM EST

If you are starting a new job this year, or just want to update your tax information with your employer, some of the paperwork is going to look different. A lot different. The IRS has introduced a new Form W-4 that must be used by all employers in 2020 to better accommodate recent changes to the tax law. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Jayln Martin, right, and Dan Villegas stock items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. On Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, the Labor Department reports on wages and benefits for U.S. workers during the Oct.-Dec. quarter. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

US workers’ compensation growth slowed a bit in 2019

Jan. 31, 2020 8:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ pay and benefits rose at a solid pace last year, but at a slower rate than in 2018, the Labor Department said Friday. Total salaries and benefits such as health insurance rose 2.7% in 2019, according to the government’s employment cost index, down from 2.9% in the...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 16, 2017 file photo Lufthansa flight attendants silhouetted as they pose for a photograph on occasion of the company's annual press conference in Munich, Germany. Germany's Lufthansa and a union representing cabin crew said Friday that they have agreed on a wide-ranging arbitration process to resolve a bitter long-running dispute, staving off any further strikes for the time being. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)

Lufthansa, cabin crew union agree arbitration process

Jan. 31, 2020 6:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Lufthansa and a union representing cabin crew said Friday that they have agreed on a wide-ranging arbitration process to resolve a bitter long-running dispute, staving off any further strikes for the time being. Lufthansa and the UFO union have been at loggerheads for months over a...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivers the budget address to a joint session of the state legislature at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Beshear backs spending increases for education, health care

Jan. 28, 2020 8:54 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in a state budget plan that avoids cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting. In a speech Tuesday evening...