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In this Jan. 27, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test. More than a sweeping rescue plan, it's a test of the strength of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Virus aid package tests whether Biden, Congress can deliver

Jan. 28, 2021 10:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a sweeping national rescue plan, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test — of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. For...

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US jobless claims drop; still at 847,000 as pandemic rages

Jan. 28, 2021 10:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell but remained at a historically high 847,000 last week, a sign that layoffs keep coming as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage. Last week’s claims dropped by 67,000, from 914,000 the week before, the Labor...

FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo whiskeys distilled and bottled in the U.S. are displayed for sale in a grocery store in Beijing.  American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience in the face of COVID-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants as liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink.  Despite plunging sales from bars and restaurants, the American whiskey sector still rang up increased revenues in 2020.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)

U.S. whiskey bolstered by liquor store sales in 2020

Jan. 28, 2021 10:02 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience in the face of pandemic-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants as liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink. Despite plunging sales from bars and restaurants, the American whiskey sector still...

3rd candidate formally announces run for Boston mayor

Jan. 28, 2021 10:01 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Another Boston city councilor has formally declared her candidacy for mayor. Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George, 47, will announce her campaign on Thursday outside East Boston High School alongside a small group of family and friends, she said in a statement. She becomes the third...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., sits in the House Chamber after they reconvened for arguments over the objection of certifying Arizona's Electoral College votes in November's election, at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans have a Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Again. Before she joined Congress this month, Greene supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against leading Democrats and the FBI. While some Republicans condemned the activity on Wednesday, it was hardly a surprise. Facebook posts surfaced last year showing she’d expressed racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

GOP tested anew by Georgia congresswoman's Facebook activity

Jan. 28, 2021 9:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have a Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Again. Before she joined the House this month, Greene supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI. One suggested shooting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head. In response to a post raising the...

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Asian shares skidded on Thursday as a reality check set in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Stocks open higher on Wall Street a day after a sell-off

Jan. 28, 2021 9:46 AM EST

Stocks are climbing back in the early going on Wall Street Thursday, a day after the market took its biggest one-day loss since October. The S&P 500 index added 1.2%. Some Big Tech companies were back in the winning column, including Facebook, which reported much better results for the last three months of...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies

Jan. 28, 2021 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all. The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov insurance...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020, file photo people check in at a food bank held at Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. California's unemployment rate edged up nearly 1 percentage point last month as the state shed more than 52,000 jobs led by the pandemic-hobbled restaurant and lodging industries, the state's beleaguered Employment Development Department reported Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

US economy shrank 3.5% in 2020 after growing 4% last quarter

Jan. 28, 2021 9:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stuck in the grip of a viral pandemic, the U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank last year by the largest amount in 74 years. For 2020 as a whole, a year when the coronavirus inflicted the worst economic freeze since the end of World War II,...

FILE This March 9, 2016 file photo shows the latest generation of SunPower solar panels that are stacked in Positive Energy Solar's warehouse in Albuquerque, N.M.  The future looks bright for solar and other renewable energy technology.  The sector should benefit from a much friendlier administration in the White House.  (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Investors see green returns as renewable energy rises

Jan. 28, 2021 9:10 AM EST

The future looks bright for solar and other renewable energy technology. FirstSolar, Enphase and SunPower are among the renewable energy stocks that are benefiting from a much friendlier administration in the White House, whose agenda includes tackling climate change and bolstering green energy. Their stocks...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas. Makers of COVID-19 vaccines need everything to go right as they scale up from early-stage production to hundreds of millions of doses – and any little hiccup could cause a delay. (AP Photo/John Locher)

EXPLAINER: Why it's hard to make vaccines and boost supplies

Jan. 28, 2021 8:48 AM EST

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines outpacing the world’s supplies, a frustrated public and policymakers want to know: How can we get more? A lot more. Right away. The problem: “It’s not like adding more water to the soup,” said vaccine specialist Maria Elena Bottazzi of Baylor College...