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In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers assemble Audi A6 L cars at a workshop of FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province.Factories that make the world's smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China's economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. (Zhang Nan/Xinhua via AP, File)

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

Feb. 25, 2020 10:54 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal. ...

Retirees help disabled stay active and productive

Feb. 25, 2020 12:08 PM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — While New Hampshire officials continue to boast a booming economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, there are people gravely hurt by these seemingly positive realities. In this case, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because of the...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo Melissa Rogan, left, and her daughter Renee, 9-months-old, browse the new Toys R Us store at a mall in Paramus, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, the Conference Board reports on U.S. consumer confidence for February. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

US consumer confidence rises slightly to 130.7 in February

Feb. 25, 2020 11:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence improved slightly in February, rising to a reading of 130.7, the highest point since August. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its measure of consumer sentiment is up from a revised reading of 130.4 in January. The January reading was revised down from an...

In this 2018 photo provided by PNC Gus Faucher poses for a photo. In this high-profile election year, the U.S. economy boasts an unemployment rate that is near its lowest level in a half-century. But economic growth has been slowing. And some economists say the expansion may be vulnerable to risks ranging from the U.S.-China trade war to China's deadly viral outbreak. To try to gauge what the future may hold, The Associated Press spoke recently with Faucher.  (PNC via AP)

View of a longtime economist: Slower growth but no recession

Feb. 23, 2020 10:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In this high-profile election year, the U.S. economy boasts an unemployment rate that is near its lowest level in a half-century. But economic growth has been slowing. And some economists say the expansion may be vulnerable to risks ranging from the U.S.-China trade war to China's deadly...

Oregon business tax greeted with confusion, consternation

Feb. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ross Stock has known since last spring that his softwood lumber mill in Toledo would be subject to Oregon’s new, $1 billion business tax. Nine months later, though, he still doesn’t know what it will cost him. The new corporate activity tax, which went into effect...

Colorado House tables bill protecting employee marijuana use

Feb. 20, 2020 9:46 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado legislators declined to advance a bill meant to protect employees from being fired for using marijuana during their personal time. The 10 members of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee voted unanimously against the bill Wednesday, The Denver Post reported. The measure...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks at a forum for Democratic gubernatorial candidates at Montana State University Billings in Billings Mont. Cooney is facing businesswoman Whitney Williams in the June 2 primary election. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Democrats running for governor are split on Bullock's legacy

Feb. 20, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two of Steve Bullock's would-be successors are making the popular Montana governor a central issue in the race for the Democratic nomination — with starkly different takes on his job performance. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who has the backing of the term-limited Democratic...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

WH report says economy accelerated under Trump

Feb. 20, 2020 9:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House report says the U.S. economy is growing faster than expected, even though the annual gains of 3% that President Donald Trump promised to voters have yet to be achieved. The annual economic report of the president released Thursday said the economy added more jobs,...

Beshear boosting staff at unemployment benefit centers

Feb. 20, 2020 5:57 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is pledging to speed up unemployment insurance claims by improving staffing at career centers around the state. Beshear announced Wednesday that current staff have been retrained in 12 local centers to help people seeking unemployment insurance. Beshear said...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

'Medicare for All' is driving a wedge through labor movement

Feb. 19, 2020 11:36 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates' plans to provide “Medicare for All” are driving a wedge through the labor movement, pitting union against union and fracturing a powerful constituency as the primary barrels toward heavily organized states. Big labor largely supports a...