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Pima County leaders drop some state rules involving virus

May. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to amend some of its health code regulations intended to protect employees and customers as businesses begin to reopen across Arizona. The original regulations included occupancy limitations, protective-equipment requirements,...

Arizona House has heated debate over Obamacare protections

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Wednesday advanced a measure that would require health insurance companies to issue policies to people with pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is overturned by a court. But minority Democrats decried the measure, saying it was just providing cover to...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2020, photo shows a real estate sign in front of a home for sale in San Francisco.  An estimated 4.1 million Americans have their mortgage in forbearance, according to data released Monday, May 18,  by the Mortgage Bankers Association.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Is mortgage forbearance an option? Here's what to know

May. 20, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

Suddenly out of work or making due with reduced paychecks, an estimated 4.1 million Americans have sought forbearance on their mortgage, according to data released Monday by the Mortgage Bankers Association. That's a staggering number, and experts anticipate more homeowners will seek this protection as the...

West Virginia reaps $6.4M in auto loan company settlement

May. 20, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is getting more than $6.4 million under a multi-state settlement with Santander Consumer USA over claims that it violated consumer protection laws with predatory auto loans, officials said Tuesday. The settlement with attorneys general in 33 states and the District...

Governor Tim Walz speaks during a press conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with MMB Commissioner Myron Frans to discuss the State of Minnesota's budget projection. The state's budget outlook crumbled from a $1.5 billion surplus to a projected $2.4 billion deficit in just two months, as the COVID-19 pandemic eats up tax revenue and Minnesota leaders accelerate spending to respond.   (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Minnesota eases restrictions; honors victims of COVID-19

May. 15, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota took further steps Friday to turn the dial on easing its restrictions meant to slow the coronavirus pandemic and to honor the victims of COVID-19. While restrictions ease, the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday reported...

In this May 3, 2020 photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Courtside: Who flushed? Phone arguments' unresolved issue

May. 6, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court held Day Three of arguments by telephone with the audio available live to audiences around the world. The higher profile case of the two heard by the justices on Wednesday dealt with Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or...

Kansas man banned from providing COVID-19 related services

May. 6, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man already banned from providing autopsy services in Kansas has been ordered to stop offering any services related to the coronavirus pandemic. Shawn Parcells, of Leawood, and affiliated companies are prohibited from offering any services related to the human body, Kansas Attorney...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks at a news conference in Martinsburg, W.Va. Morrisey announced Monday, May 4, 2010, that West Virginia has reached a $3.9 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit over the company's marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women. (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail via AP, File)

Johnson & Johnsons settles West Virginia pelvic mesh lawsuit

May. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reached a $3.9 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit over the company's marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday. Morrisey filed a consumer protection case...

Maine consumer protection agency warns of uptick in scams

May. 1, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Financial regulators in Maine are warning the public about an increase in the number of scam phone calls residents have been receiving in recent weeks. Residents have also reported scams that arrive via the internet and mail over the last 30 days, said Will Lund, superintendent of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, Jamie Court, president of nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, talks about oil refiners during a news conference in Santa Monica, Calif. Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has delayed by two years a proposal that would raise the limit for damages for pain and suffering in medical malpractice lawsuits from the $250,000 cap set in 1975 to more than $1.2 million, with continued increases to keep up with inflation, initiative supporters said Thursday, April 30, 2020. Proponents will delay the campaign until 2022 because of the uncertainty prompted by the pandemic, said Court. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

California battle on malpractice caps delayed to 2022 ballot

Apr. 30, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has delayed by two years what likely would have been one of the most expensive California ballot battles leading up to this November's election, initiative supporters said Thursday. Their proposal would raise the limit for damages for pain and...