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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, talks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, Lee announced health insurance premiums for people who purchase coverage through the state marketplace will increase an average of 0.6% in 2021. It is the lowest average increase since the launch of the federal Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California health insurance rates increase slightly for 2021

Aug. 4, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health insurance premiums for the 1.5 million Californians who purchase coverage through the state marketplace will go up an average of 0.6% next year, officials announced Tuesday. It's the smallest increase yet and is attributed to a surge of new signups coupled with a decline in...

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko delivers his speech during a state-of-the-nation address ahead of Sunday's election in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Belarus's authoritarian leader is vowing to maintain a close alliance with Russia despite the latest tensions as he seeks a sixth term in office amid a surge of opposition protests. President Alexander Lukashenko's comments in a state-of-the-nation address ahead of Sunday's election contrast with his diatribes against Russia last week. (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus leader pledges allegiance to Russia despite rift

Aug. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus's authoritarian president vowed to maintain a close alliance with Russia even as he blasted the country Tuesday for sending in military contractors with allegedly nefarious purposes as he campaigns to win a sixth term in office in a weekend election. In a state-of-the-nation...

FILE- In this April 25, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy updates members of the media on the state's response to COVID-19 at the the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. On Friday, July 31, 2020, Murphy signed legislation that will impose a tax on state health insurance plans after a federal levy expires and use those funds to reduce costs for residents. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, File)

NJ law replaces expiring federal health tax with state levy

Jul. 31, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday that will impose a tax on state health insurance plans after a federal levy expires and use those funds to reduce costs for residents. The measure narrowly passed the Democrat-led Legislature this week in the face of...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Track bribes before moving nuke deal Scranton Times-Tribune July 29 Nuclear power remains crucial to Pennsylvania and should become even more so as pressure mounts for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Pennsylvania...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, people gather as they celebrate first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the United States, Germany and France have pledged hundreds of millions in aid to Sudan. The funds are intended to help the struggling African nation a year after pro-democracy protesters forced the removal of its long-time autocratic ruler, Omar al-Bashir.(AP Photo, File)

Sudan protest movement rejects gov't plans to cut subsidies

Jul. 23, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s protest leaders announced Thursday that they oppose the government’s economic reform plan to slash fuel subsidies and float the Sudanese currency, raising the specter of unrest as the country makes a fragile transition to democracy. The rejection came a day after Prime...

Sudan’s premier appoints civilians as provincial governors

Jul. 22, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s prime minister announced the appointment of civilian governors for the country’s 18 provinces Wednesday, another key step forward in a fragile transition to democracy over a year after the military ousted long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Abdalla Hamdok said at televised...

Alaska Marine Highway group says $24M subsidy insufficient

Jul. 21, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The group tasked with reforming the Alaska Marine Highway System said a $24 million subsidy proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to run the system is insufficient. The Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group said the funding is not enough to fix the system regardless of whether ferry...

FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, members of the media wait outside of the Bernie Beck Gate, an entrance to the Fort Hood military base in Fort Hood, Texas. Federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money in 10 bank accounts from a couple of U.S. Army veterans in Texas, who they say used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million. In an affidavit filed in court in June 2020 seeking to search the couple's home in Killeen, near Fort Hood, investigators described how they allegedly used a transportation reimbursement program to swindle the Army out of $2.3 million to $11.3 million. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File)

Investigators: Texas couple defrauded Army out of millions

Jul. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to married U.S. Army veterans in Texas, saying the pair used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million. Army investigators obtained warrants...

Valentina Fasano cleans her work space with sanitizing wipes at the Girl's Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

Jul. 15, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the United States and around the world in an unsettling sign reminiscent of the dark days of April. The soaring...

FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, robots work on an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up despite a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Europe's shift to electric cars picks up despite recession

Jul. 15, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments....