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Israel passes on Chinese bid for major desalination plant

May. 26, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new desalination plant to a local company, turning down a bid by a Hong Kong conglomerate at a time of growing U.S. pressure to avoid Chinese investments in key infrastructure. Israel's Energy and Water Ministry said it had granted the Sorek...

Military continues to boost Hawaii economy during virus

May. 25, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. military spending continues to be a pillar of Hawaii's economy as the Department of Defense has so far proved resistant to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The financial damaged suffered by the state because of the significant decrease in tourism has been offset by...

Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry worker Patrick Minor pulls a package of ground pork out of a cooler during a pantry stop, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus outbreak, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are spending more money to help pay for food that might otherwise go to waste, the U.S. Agriculture Department is spending $3 billion to help get farm products to food banks, and U.S. senator is seeking $8 billion more to buy farm produce for food banks. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Efforts underway to get food from US farms to the needy

May. 25, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are providing more money to help pay for food that...

Illinois board OKs O'Hare airport access to Interstate 490

May. 25, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Tollway board has approved agreements with two major railroads that help clear the way for a western highway access into O’Hare International Airport that tollway officials have long argued is crucial to the airport’s expansion. Under the agreements announced...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 22, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Tech giants should pay for what they use The New London Day May 20 As the country cautiously awakens from its economic coma, businesses are struggling to unscramble the new rules of customer engagement. The protocols of social distancing will increase the already...

FILE - In this May 17, 2016,  file, photo, Farhad Azima, the owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Kansas City-based Aviation Leasing Group poses for a photo at his home in Kansas City, Mo. An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday, May 22, 2020. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)

UK court orders gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

May. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday. The ruling against Farhad Azima caps a...

Barber Rudy Soliz gives Brian Barnett a haircut at the San Marcos Barber Shop in San Marcos, Texas, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Businesses in Texas closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to open in phases; bars are permitted to open Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Supreme Court justice said Thursday that she and her husband have tested positive for COVID-19 after going to a drive-through testing center with symptoms including body aches and fevers. Justice Debra Lehrmann tweeted that she and her husband, Greg, tested positive for the...

This Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Taylor, a former Green Beret and his son, Peter Taylor, 27, were arrested Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Massachusetts on charges they smuggled Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box in December 2019, while he awaited trial there on financial misconduct charges. (DHA via AP)

Ex-Green Beret nabbed in exec's escape has lived on the edge

May. 21, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

Decades before a security camera caught Michael Taylor coming off a jet that was carrying one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives, the former Green Beret had a hard-earned reputation for taking on dicey assignments. Over the years, Taylor had been hired by parents to rescue abducted children. He went...

ACLU files lawsuit against Puerto Rico's 'fake news' laws

May. 20, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it is representing two journalists in challenging Puerto Rico laws that make it a crime to share information about emergencies on the island that the U.S. territory’s government considers “fake news.” The...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon. U.S. authorities have arrested two men accused of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct. Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor were arrested Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday morning in Harvard, Massachusetts.  (Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP, File)

2 accused of smuggling ex-Nissan boss out of Japan in a box

May. 20, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Green Beret and his son were arrested Wednesday in Massachusetts on charges they smuggled Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box while he awaited trial there on financial misconduct charges. Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former Green Beret and private...