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Germany on new path as Scholz replaces Merkel as chancellor

Dec. 08, 2021 02:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Olaf Scholz is set to take office Wednesday as Germany’s ninth post-World War II chancellor, succeeding Angela Merkel after her heralded 16-year tenure. Scholz's government takes office with high hopes of modernizing the European Union's most populous nation and...

Nevada jury: Health insurers owe ER doctors $60M in damages

Dec. 07, 2021 22:29 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the largest U.S. health insurance companies and its branches in Nevada were found liable Tuesday for $60 million in punitive damages for underpaying out-of-network emergency medical providers. A state court jury said three plaintiffs headed by urgent care...

China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

Dec. 07, 2021 22:13 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit on Tuesday after the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Rights groups have pushed for a full-blown boycott of the Games, accusing...

North Dakotans spend near double on electronic pull tabs

Dec. 07, 2021 22:08 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans poured more than $1.3 billion into electronic pull tab machines in fiscal 2021, nearly double the amount spent in the previous fiscal year, state data shows. According to the state Attorney General’s Office, which oversees gambling in the...

EPA lowers ethanol requirements, citing reduced demand

Dec. 07, 2021 22:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday lowered annual production requirements for ethanol and other biofuels to account for reduced demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the administration moved to reject requests by small oil refineries...

Airbnb's nonprofit makes resettling refugees a core mission

Dec. 07, 2021 21:49 PM EST

Mousa and Rasha Alkhafaji were already anxious when they emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 2017. Even though Mousa Alkhafaji had finally received a Special Immigrant Visa for his work with the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, his family’s original flight had been canceled when...

Michigan drivers will get $400 insurance refund per vehicle

Dec. 07, 2021 21:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All Michigan drivers with auto insurance will receive a $400 per-vehicle refund next spring, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and a top regulator said Tuesday. Their announcement came more than a month after the governor requested the checks by citing a...

Missouri effort launched to put legal marijuana to 2022 vote

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

The leader of a campaign to legalize marijuana use in Missouri said he is confident the issue will pass if his group gathers enough signatures to put the question on the 2022 election ballot. A group called Legal Missouri 2022 began an initiative petition effort last week that, if...

Biden to withdraw embattled banking regulator nominee

Dec. 07, 2021 20:12 PM EST

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Saule Omarova’s nomination to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency would be withdrawn, as her candidacy faced steep resistance in the Senate with Republican lawmakers criticizing her vision for banking regulation and her birthplace in the former...

Omicron travel bans strike South Africa's safari business

Dec. 07, 2021 05:35 AM EST

DINOKENG GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — Recent travel bans imposed on South Africa and neighboring countries in response to the discovery of the omicron variant in southern Africa have hammered the country's safari business, already hard hit by the pandemic. South Africa's...