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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. California's unemployment rate nearly tripled in April because of the economic fallout from coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate nearly tripled to 15.5% in April as the nation's most populous state lost more jobs in one month from the coronavirus than it did during the Great Recession a decade ago, state data released Friday showed. Just two months ago, California was...

Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

May. 22, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader on Friday promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but avoided launching a massive stimulus on the scale of the United States or Japan. Premier Li Keqiang told lawmakers Beijing would set no economic growth...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2020, file photo, a worker at SMC China, a Japanese joint venture pneumatic engineering company, assembles products at a factory in Beijing. As job losses surge, China is joining the United States and other governments in rolling out stimulus spending to revive its virus-battered economy. Companies and the public are looking to the meeting of the ceremonial national legislature starting Friday, May 22, 2020 for details. One closely watched indicator: Whether Beijing skips for the first time setting an economic growth target in a sign of how uncertain even the rest of this year is. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China focused on jobs as national legislature meets

May. 20, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As job losses surge, China is joining the United States and other governments in rolling out stimulus spending to revive its virus-battered economy. How much is Beijing ready to spend? Companies and the public are looking to the meeting of the ceremonial national legislature starting Friday...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters during a rally in New York. A federal appeals court gave the green light Tuesday, May 19, 2020 to New York state’s June 23 Democratic presidential primary.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court judge who ruled two weeks ago that the primary must include the contest over the state’s objections. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Appeals court OKs June 23 NY Democratic presidential primary

May. 19, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Democratic Party leadership gave up trying to cancel the state’s June 23 presidential primary Tuesday after an appeals court rejected arguments that holding it during the coronavirus pandemic would endanger public safety. Douglas A. Kellner, co-chair of the State...

Nico Ramos, left, a volunteer with the Grant Houses Tenant Association, holds the door for a resident as he delivers food to elderly residents of the NYCHA Grant Houses, Monday, May 18, 2020, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Stark disparities in New York City's virus toll

May. 18, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has cut an unequal path of grief through New York City, hitting hardest in a ring of predominantly poorer, nonwhite neighborhoods a long subway and bus ride from Manhattan, according to data released by the city Monday. The new accounting of fatalities by neighborhood...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, walks with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to the house for the budget delivery speech at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2020. New Zealand's government plans to borrow and spend vast amounts of money as it tries to keep unemployment below 10% in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Hagen Hopkins/Pool Photo via AP)

New Zealand plans spending spree to counter virus job losses

May. 14, 2020 3:58 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government plans to borrow and spend vast amounts of money as it tries to keep unemployment below 10% in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Finance Minister Grant Robertson on Thursday unveiled a budget unlike any in the nation's history. Debt would...

Indians line up to board trains outside New Delhi railway station in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. India is reopening some of its colossal rail network as the country looks at easing its nearly seven-week strict lockdown amid an increase in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India resumes limited train service as it eases lockdown

May. 12, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reopened parts of its huge rail network on Tuesday, running a limited number of trains as it looks at easing a nearly seven-week lockdown despite a continuing rise in coronavirus infections. Special trains departed from several large cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai. Passengers...

Appeals court urged to OK June 23 NY presidential primary

May. 11, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court should let New York’s Democratic presidential primary proceed on June 23 over the objections of the state, a lawyer for delegates said Monday. Attorney Jeffrey Kurzon filed written arguments with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear the case...

FILE - In this July 4, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies rounds first base after hitting a three-run home run during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta. Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday, May 11, 2020, to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

AP source: MLB owners OK plan that could lead to July start

May. 11, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the...

FILE - In this April 4, 2008 file photo, Marines wait for a desert tortoise, endangered and protected by federal law from harm or harassment, to move off the road at the U.S. Marine Corps' Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Trump administration has given final approval to the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy habitat critical to the survival of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise in southern Nevada. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Biggest US solar project approved in Nevada despite critics

May. 11, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Trump administration announced final approval Monday of the largest solar energy project in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world despite objections from conservationists who say it will destroy thousands of acres of habitat critical to the survival of the threatened Mojave...