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FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz. During his 2016 primary run, Trump sought to mark his ground as a hard-line immigration enforcer who would build “a great, great wall on our southern border.” Nearly four years later, Trump still has work to do completing his wall and much that has been completed has been paid by U.S. taxpayers despite promises otherwise. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

Oct. 24, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal. He has checked off some items on his to-do list. Trump...

People shop for clothing at the used-clothes market in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.  Iraq is in the throes of an unprecedented liquidity crisis, as the cash-strapped state wrestles to pay public sector salaries and import essential goods while oil prices remain dangerously low. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Bloated public salaries at heart of Iraq's economic woes

Oct. 23, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long-time Iraqi civil servant Qusay Abdul-Amma panicked when his monthly salary was delayed. Days of waiting turned to weeks. He defaulted on rent and other bills. A graphic designer for the Health Ministry, he uses about half his salary to pay his rent of nearly 450,000 Iraqi dinars a...

A pedestrian walks past an empty business available for lease, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in downtown Surfside, Fla.  The pandemic and recession are squeezing big apartment building owners, with a surge in vacancies leading to a decline in rent growth for the first time in years. The U.S. vacancy rate for apartments rose to 5% in the third quarter, the highest level in eight years, according to Moody’s Analytics REIS.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Rising vacancies, declining rents squeezing apartment REITs

Oct. 22, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pandemic is squeezing big apartment building owners, with a surge in vacancies leading to a decline in rent growth for the first time in years. The U.S. vacancy rate for apartments rose to 5% in the third quarter from 4.6% a year earlier, according to Moody’s Analytics REIS....

Cars line the COVID-19 drive through testing line at MidState Medical Center, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Meriden, Conn. Hartford HealthCare, the parent company of MidState, has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 testing demand across all its properties, according to a Hartford HealthCare spokeswoman. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Connecticut's infection rate climbs to highest since June

Oct. 20, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

Connecticut's coronavirus infection rate has climbed to its highest level since June, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday, urging residents to be disciplined "a little bit longer.” The Democrat said the percentage of people infected among those tested was 3%, up from 1.7% on Monday. Meanwhile, the number of...

UConn pays $250,000 to resolve pay discrimination case

Oct. 19, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has agreed to pay a total of just under $250,000 to seven female employees after the U.S. Labor Department found the school had been paying higher salaries to their male counterparts. UConn has agreed to pay a total of $249,539 to two law professors and...

Audit faults Iowa's move to spend virus aid on $21M software

Oct. 19, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's auditor warned Monday that the governor's decision to spend $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds on a new executive branch software system would not be allowed and should be abandoned. State Auditor Rob Sand said that using the federal money to pay for Workday, a...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a waiter wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus sweeps the terrace of a bar in downtown Madrid, Spain. Europe’s economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history. A resurgence in coronavirus cases in October 2020 risks undoing that and will likely turn what was meant to be a period of healing for the economy into a lean winter of job losses and bankruptcies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Dark déjà vu for European economy as virus cases spike

Oct. 17, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe’s economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history. A resurgence in coronavirus cases this month is a bitter blow that will likely turn what was meant to be a period of healing for the economy into a lean winter of job losses and...

Pennsylvania sees another big monthly drop in jobless rate

Oct. 16, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate began to look like the rest of the nation's in September, taking another steep drop from its post-pandemic high as the labor force and payrolls grew, according to state figures released Friday. However, the state still has yet to recover many...

Ali Allawi, Iraq's finance minister speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Allawi said on Thursday there is growing political will to execute drastic reforms needed for the country to grapple with a daunting liquidity crisis, which has left Iraq teetering on the brink of collapse. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Finance minister says Iraq's leaders willing to make reforms

Oct. 15, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's finance minister said Thursday there is growing political will to undertake drastic reforms needed for the country to tackle a daunting liquidity crisis, which has pushed Iraq to the brink of collapse. “There is more will now than there was five months ago,” Finance...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to reporters about Georgia's COVID-19 outbreak, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Kemp says that Georgia is making progress in reducing coronavirus infections, but is urging people to get a flu shot in addition to practicing social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Kemp to spend $1.5B in aid to bail out unemployment system

Oct. 14, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that he will use $1.5 billion that Georgia got from the federal COVID-19 relief to bail out the state's indebted unemployment system, deciding against passing the money to local governments that could have then used it to give grants to businesses and...