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FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, a new budget that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

Puerto Rico board approves $10B budget as resignations loom

Jul. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico awoke to a new budget approved early Wednesday that largely suspends austerity measures and government cuts for one year as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from hurricanes, earthquakes and the pandemic. A federal control board that oversees Puerto...

Court rules for retirees in pension dispute with Providence

Jul. 1, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Supreme Court has dealt a legal setback to Providence in disputes with retired city workers that could prove costly. The city violated the U.S. and state constitutions in 2012 when it suspended cost-of-living adjustments on retiree pensions for an indefinite amount of...

This 1995 photo provided by family attorney Michael F. Williams shows twins Leslie, left and her sister Katrina Schaller in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. A U.S. judge in Guam ruled that there is no rational basis for denying a disabled woman from receiving supplemental Social Security income just because she lives in the U.S territory. Katrina and Leslie Schaller are identical twins who were born in 1970 with the same genetic disease and grew up in Pennsylvania. After their mother died in 2007, Katrina went to live with a sister on Guam and stopped receiving the federal payments, while her sister in Pennsylvania continued receiving the money. (Kim Fegurgur/Michael F. Williams via AP)

Judge sides with Guam resident in Social Security case

Jun. 22, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — There's no rational basis for denying a disabled woman supplemental Social Security benefits because she lives on Guam, while allowing her twin sister in Pennsylvania who has the same genetic disease to receive the payments, a U.S. judge in Guam ruled. Katrina Schaller and her twin sister...

FILE - This May 31, 2020, file photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, in the May 25 death of George Floyd.  Chauvin had more than a dozen misconduct complaints against him before he put his knee on George Floyd's neck. (Hennepin County Sheriff via AP, File)

Officer charged in Floyd's death eligible for pension money

Jun. 13, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is eligible to receive pension benefits during his retirement years even if he's convicted of killing George Floyd, according to the Minnesota agency that represents retired public workers. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder,...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Dr. Lee Norman, the state's health secretary, watches during a news conference, Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says her administration will consider using federal coronavirus relief funds to start a program to help people struggling to pay their rent or home mortgages. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor considering relief for renters, home owners

Jun. 5, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday that her administration will consider using part of Kansas' share of federal coronavirus relief funds to help people struggling to pay their rents or home mortgages because of economic problems tied to the pandemic. Kelly defended a May 26 decision to...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo security officers walk in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico financial oversight board

Jun. 1, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak, recent earthquakes and damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices reversed a lower court...

Hawaii public pension fund suffers worst loss in 17 years

May. 18, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s largest public pension fund suffered its worst quarterly loss in more than 17 years because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. The state Employees’ Retirement System investments fell 9.5%, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. The fund’s...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 18, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. May 16, 2020. Use relief funds for recovery alone As the federal government spends astronomical sums to combat the effect of economic slowdowns due to the pandemic, Congress needs to make sure that these funds are targeted as narrowly as possible. House Democrats have presented their latest...

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. The Treasury Department and the IRS are urging taxpayers who want to get their economic impact payments directly deposited to their bank accounts to enter their information online by Wednesday, May 11, 2020. The IRS said that people should use the “Get My Payment” tool on the IRS website by noon on Wednesday to provide their direct deposit information. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Correction: US-Virus Outbreak-IRS Payments story

May. 12, 2020 11:51 AM EDT
In a story May 11, 2020, about (an IRS deadline for taxpayers to provide their direct deposit information, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the agency announced the deadline on Monday. The announcement was made Friday.
FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, chairs and tables are piled in front of a bar in St. Mark's Square, in Venice during a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The coronavirus outbreak is straining social safety nets across the globe - and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions on the job, for now.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Pandemic shows contrasts between US, European safety nets

May. 10, 2020 5:18 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic is straining social safety nets across the globe — and underlining sharp differences in approach between wealthy societies such as the United States and Europe. In Europe, the collapse in business activity is triggering wage support programs that are keeping millions on the job,...