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Corps reinstates permits for natural gas pipeline project

Sep. 26, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reissued permits for construction of a natural gas pipeline project in Virginia and West Virginia nearly two years after a federal appeals court invalidated them. The new permits issued on Friday will allow construction to resume on the Mountain...

Adranos bringing rocket motor research to Mississippi

Sep. 26, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A rocket fuel company is bringing its rocket motor research and development operations to Mississippi. Adranos, Inc. will occupy the 640 acre (258 hectares), seven-building complex once filled by General Dynamics in McHenry in Stone County. The company plans to invest $525,000 in the...

FILE - This Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows House Appropriations committee Chairman, Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, delivering remarks as the House considers the budget bill during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers unveiled new state spending proposals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 including one that would give law enforcement officers a $500 bonus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

Company to pay $60M for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh

Sep. 25, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A company that failed to adequately inform women of dangerous side effects related to permanent pelvic mesh devices will be required to pay $60 million, according to a settlement announced this week by state attorney generals across the U.S. The money from C.R. Bard, Inc. and its...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 1974, file photo, Evel Knievel sits in the steam-powered rocket motorcycle that will hopefully take him across Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. Evel Knievel’s son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas accuses the moviemaker of improperly basing the “Toy Story 4” character on Knievel. (AP Photo, File)

Evel Knievel's son suing Disney over 'Toy Story 4' character

Sep. 24, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evel Knievel's son is on a collision course with the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar over a movie daredevil character named Duke Caboom. A federal trademark infringement lawsuit filed in Las Vegas accuses the movie company of improperly basing the new character in last year’s “Toy...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...

Did I leave the stove on? Amazon's flying camera can check

Sep. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to be able to answer the nagging question: Did I leave the stove on? The company unveiled a flying home camera that you can ask to fly to check the stove while you're out, or to see if you left the windows open. Amazon says the drone will automatically take flight if there's...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014 file photo, AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot leaves the British Parliament's Business Innovation and Skills Committee after a hearing in central London. Two firms developing COVID-19 vaccines say pharmaceutical companies are trying to give the public as much information as possible about their testing regimes as drugmakers and public health officials seek to boost confidence that any approved vaccine will be safe. AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot and Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer of Johnson & Johnson, said Thursday Sept. 24, 2020, that they recognize the coronavirus emergency demands increased transparency from vaccine developers to ensure the public has faith in the end product. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

Sep. 24, 2020 7:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two firms developing COVID-19 vaccines say pharmaceutical companies are trying to give the public as much information as possible about their testing regimes as drugmakers and public health officials seek to boost confidence that any approved vaccine will be safe. AstraZeneca CEO Pascal...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

Sep. 23, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves. Hopes are high that answers...