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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a  news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. An Associated Press review of medical records for four detained immigrant women at the detention center and interviews with lawyers have revealed growing allegations that a gynecologist performed surgeries that the women never sought or didn’t fully understand. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

AP Exclusive: More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery

Sep. 18, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sitting across from her lawyer at an immigration detention center in rural Georgia, Mileidy Cardentey Fernandez unbuttoned her jail jumpsuit to show the scars on her abdomen. There were three small, circular marks. The 39-year-old woman from Cuba was told only that she would undergo an...

County exec pitches diversion program, sheriff’s office cuts

Sep. 17, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — King County Executive Dow Constantine in Seattle this week proposed several initiatives that would reduce funding to the county Sheriff’s Office, shift resources from the traditional criminal system toward community-based alternatives and move away from longstanding fare enforcement...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a news conference with U.S. Census Director Steven Dillingham and other state leaders to urge Arizonans to participate in the nation's once-a-decade census population count Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Phoenix. Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats and result in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina losing $500 million in federal funding for healthcare for its neediest residents. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Ducey, US Census head push for complete Arizona count

Sep. 17, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey and the head of the U.S. Census Bureau encouraged Arizonans on Thursday to complete their census forms as statistics showed more than 10% of the state's residents haven't yet participated in the once-a-decade national count. With just 13 days remaining before the count ends,...

Virus outbreak at Navy shipyard; Order on revenue shortfall

Sep. 17, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an order Thursday to address a projected revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. Her order curtails the General Fund by $221 million and the highway fund by $23 million but avoids deep program cuts and layoffs of state workers, and keeps the...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, pedestrians wearing face masks walk past the Bank of England in London.  The Bank of England kept its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 0.1% on Thursday Sept. 17, 2020, as it waits to see how the economy recovers from recession and what Britain’s future trade relationship with the European Union will be. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

Bank of England eyes sub-zero rates in face of virus, Brexit

Sep. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England indicated Thursday that it could cut interest rates below zero for the first time in its 326-year history as it tries to shore up a U.K. economic recovery that is facing the dual headwinds of the coronavirus and Brexit. After unanimously deciding to maintain the bank's...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

FILE -- In this Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019, file photo Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs talks during an interview in Stockton, Calif. Mayors across the country are committing to give cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they can spend it. It's part of a growing movement to establish a guaranteed minimum income as a way to combat poverty and systemic racism. Tubbs, launched one of the country's first guaranteed income programs last year with the help of private donations. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Mayors vow to launch guaranteed income programs across US

Sep. 16, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A growing number of mayors across the country support giving cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they can spend it — part of a growing movement to establish a guaranteed minimum income to combat poverty and systemic racism. Mayors in at least 25 cities...

Pennsylvania asks judge to retain limits on crowd size

Sep. 16, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top lawyer asked a federal judge Wednesday to retain Gov. Tom Wolf’s limits on crowd size, at least for now, warning that allowing large groups to congregate during a legal battle over Wolf's public health orders “will result in people’s...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, de Blasio announced that he and about 500 other city employees will take one-week, unpaid furloughs from their jobs in the coming months as the city grapples with a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC mayor orders staff furlough amid COVID financial crisis

Sep. 16, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he and about 500 other city employees will take one-week, unpaid furloughs from their jobs in the coming months as the city grapples with a financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The furloughs, which would start in...

A man examines residences destroyed by the Almeda Fire at the Parkview Townhomes in Talent, Ore., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Latest: Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires

Sep. 16, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 11:30 a.m. SALEM, Ore. — A fire incident report says downed power lines sparked at least 13 fires during a period of high winds last week between two Oregon communities that were devastated by flames. The report from the Northwest Interagency...