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Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 9:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions regarding her testing strategy and number of COVID-19 cases during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka Kan. The coronavirus pandemic prompted Kelly to give her 2021 State of the State address virtually, rather than during a joint session of the Legislature. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

Kansas to shut down unemployment system to deal with fraud

Jan. 27, 2021 8:43 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims are prompting Kansas to shut down its processing system this weekend, meaning some jobless workers will have payments delayed as the state installs new anti-fraud protections, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Kelly acknowledged that...

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Fed stresses its commitment to low rates as economy stumbles

Jan. 27, 2021 6:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Federal Reserve will keep pursuing its low-interest rate policies until an economic recovery is well underway, acknowledging that the economy has faltered in recent months. The Fed said in a statement after its latest policy meeting that hiring...

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, file photo, California State Auditor Elaine Howle testifies at an Assembly committee hearing in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, Howle released a report saying that the California Employment Development Department might have overpaid millions of people since March 2020 after it stopped enforcing eligibility rules so they could process claims faster. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Audit: Millions may have to repay California jobless aid

Jan. 26, 2021 8:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Millions of people might have to repay some or all of the jobless benefits they got during the coronavirus pandemic because California's unemployment agency stopped enforcing some eligibility rules so it could process claims quicker, according to an audit released Tuesday. As...

NC jobless aid office addressing millions in overpayments

Jan. 26, 2021 6:28 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has overpaid tens of millions of dollars in jobless benefits since the COVID-19 pandemic to people who don’t actually qualify for them or who have committed fraud, the state’s unemployment program director told legislators on Tuesday. Pryor Gibson, who...

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a swearing-in ceremony with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Yellen's husband George Akerlof, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at the White House in Washington.  The Treasury building stands behind.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Yellen says Treasury focus to help nation reeling from virus

Jan. 26, 2021 5:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen, sworn in Tuesday as the nation's 78th Treasury secretary and the first woman to hold the office, said in a message to the department's 84,000 employees that they would play a major role in addressing the country's biggest economic challenges. “In addition to the...

Permanent mail-in voting among Carney's goals for Delaware

Jan. 26, 2021 5:22 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Making mail-in voting permanent, mandating higher use of renewable energy and more than doubling education funding for disadvantaged students are among Democratic Gov. John Carney's plans for Delaware. Carney outlined those and other goals, including providing body cameras for every...

Commerce secretary-nominee Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo testifies remotely during her nomination hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

Biden's Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China

Jan. 26, 2021 2:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the Commerce Department took a tough line on China in her confirmation hearing Tuesday, though she stopped short of singling out which Chinese companies should remain on a list that limits their access to advanced U.S. technology. If confirmed,...

Labor head: Low jobless level doesn't show full virus impact

Jan. 26, 2021 1:54 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate rose slightly in December 2020 to 3.1%, but the low level of unemployment does not fully capture the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, state Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington said Tuesday. As a result of the pandemic, nearly 20,000 Vermonters have...