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A woman with a child casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of a parliamentary election in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Polls opened Sunday for the run-off of national election in Lithuania, where the vote is expected to bring about a change of government following the first round, held on Oct. 11, which gave the three opposition, center-right parties a combined lead. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Lithuania holds parliamentary vote as pandemic hits jobs

Oct. 25, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanians voted Sunday in a parliamentary runoff where the winner will have to tackle a growing health crisis and high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The election is widely expected to bring a change of leadership for the southernmost Baltic nation, which has...

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., left, and Washington Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, right, are shown in this combination of photos taken Oct. 7, 2020 in Olympia, Wash., and Oct. 19, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wash.  (AP Photos/Ted S. Warren and Elaine Thompson)

Democrats Liias, Heck seek lieutenant governor's office

Oct. 24, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The office of the Washington lieutenant governor is obscure enough that when its current occupant decamped to California to train as a Jesuit priest, the public didn’t notice. It’s also prominent enough that the two men running to replace him believe they can use it as a...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. At least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Unemployment fraud concerns prompt action in California

Oct. 23, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud, state officials said, revealing how prevalent the problem has become now that the state has paid more than $105 billion in benefits since March. The...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Oct. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,"...

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...

Statistics: More than 71,000 have used all SC jobless aid

Oct. 23, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — More than 71,000 idled workers in South Carolina already have used up their eligibility for state unemployment benefits as the coronavirus pandemic continues, federal statistics show. The Post and Courier reported that the number of people exhausting their 20 weeks of state...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. Stocks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai. Sydney's benchmark ended flat. In their debate late...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles. A California appeals court has upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law. The decision on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, won't have any immediate impact because it doesn't take effect for at least 30 days, well after the Nov. 3 vote on Proposition 22. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

Oct. 22, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law. The...

Members of the public walk through central Manchester, England, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, as strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest urban area, Greater Manchester, will start at midnight. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

UK boosts business aid amid pressure to ease virus impact

Oct. 22, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is increasing subsidies for bars, pubs and restaurants hammered by strict new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, amid criticism that the government has failed to protect small businesses and workers from the economic hardship caused by the pandemic. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, taken from video provided by the New Jersey Governor's Office, New Jerrsey Gov. Phil Murphy tells attendees at an event in Blackwood, N.J., that he must leave the event to quarantine after just finding out that he'd been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. Murphy said on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, that New Jersey's climbing number of COVID-19 cases are beginning to spread to northern counties around New York. Essex, Union, Hudson and Bergen counties reported more than 100 new cases overnight, Murphy said, eclipsing recent hot spots in Ocean and Monmouth counties. (New Jersey Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Murphy: COVID-19 cases are climbing in northern New Jersey

Oct. 22, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's climbing number of COVID-19 cases are beginning to spread to northern counties around New York, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday. Murphy spoke during a remote news conference while he isolates at home after coming into contact with a COVID-19-positive staffer over the...