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As COVID-19 cases rise, health care industry sees upheaval

Sep. 22, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, to go to the Houses of Parliament to make a statement on new coronavirus restrictions Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Johnson plans to announce new restrictions on social interactions Tuesday as the government tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 before it spirals out of control. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK's Johnson warns new virus restrictions may last 6 months

Sep. 22, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned Britons on Tuesday that they should not expect to return to a normal social or work life for at least six months, as he ordered new restrictions that his government hopes will suppress a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. Saying Britain must act now or...

FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp, center, is congratulated after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the

New Ohio House speaker's sterling narrative has detractors

Sep. 22, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has...

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing about the government’s emergency aid to the economy in response to the coronavirus on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)

Powell and Mnuchin voice optimism but back more economic aid

Sep. 22, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that the U.S. economy is rebounding from the pandemic-induced recession with federal support but that more help from the government is likely needed. Powell told the House...

Maine to make $95M in pandemic recovery grants available

Sep. 22, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine plans to make about $95 million in coronavirus pandemic recovery grants available to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the grants are a second phase of funding available via the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program. Up to $5...

Shoppers wear masks on Oxford Street in London, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Britain's top medical advisers have painted a grim picture of exponential growth in illness and death if nothing is done to control the second wave of coronavirus infections, laying the groundwork for the government to announce new restrictions later this week. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Closing time: UK pubs must shut early as COVID cases surge

Sep. 21, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British pubs will have to close early and people who fail to obey quarantine rules will face stiff fines under new lockdown restrictions to curb a surging wave of new coronavirus infections. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce the new measures Tuesday, a day after the U.K.'s...

People gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ginsburg's death exposes fragility of health law protection

Sep. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 the newest preexisting condition, the Obama-era health law that protects Americans from insurance discrimination is more fragile following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A week after the presidential election, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on an...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The Federal Reserve adjusted its inflation target to seek price increases above 2% annually, a move that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come.  The Fed on Wednesday, Sept. 16,  also left its benchmark short-term rate unchanged at nearly zero, where it has been since the pandemic intensified in March.  (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Powell: Many small companies can borrow without Main Street

Sep. 21, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that many mid-size U.S. businesses are now able to borrow from banks, suggesting that the need for a Fed lending program that was designed to serve struggling medium-size companies has waned. In remarks prepared for delivery Tuesday to the House...

Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 21, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Amarillo Globe-News. September 16, 2020 State, facilities need to balance, peace of mind as restrictions are relaxed Even though the state has recently relaxed restrictions around visiting those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, people still find themselves caught between two difficult health challenges: the...

Maine collecting unwanted pesticides for free disposal

Sep. 21, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine state program is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides for free this fall. The state said its Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program has kept more than 109 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since it started in 1982. It's open to...