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Actor Michael K. Williams, right, speaks at news conference on prisoner re-entry sponsored by New Jersey Re-entry Corporation in Newark, N.J., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. At left is NJRC chairman and former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey. At lower left is New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (AP Photo/David Porter)

'Wire' star touts New Jersey prisoner reentry efforts

Feb. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An actor celebrated for playing a murderous criminal on TV lent his voice Friday to a New Jersey nonprofit's efforts to smooth the journey for former prison inmates seeking to reenter society. Michael K. Williams spoke passionately about his own efforts to use his celebrity to bring...

Owner of closed Boonville Hospital files for bankruptcy

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas-based owner of a Boonville hospital that abruptly closed in January has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pinnacle Healthcare System filing for reorganization means the Boonville hospital will reopen, CEO Joe Conigliaro said in a statement Thursday, although he did not...

The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook for 2020 over pages of a Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General report, are shown, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Washington.  A government watchdog tells The Associated Press it will launch a nationwide audit that may shed light on how seniors’ personal Medicare information is getting to telemarketers, raising concerns about fraud and waste. An official with the Health and Human Services inspector general's office says the audit will be announced next week.  (AP Photos/Wayne Partlow)

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers

Feb. 14, 2020 12:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog is launching a nationwide probe into how marketers may be getting seniors’ personal Medicare information aided by apparent misuse of a government system, officials said Friday. The audit will be formally announced next week said Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman...

File---Picture taken October 4, 2017 shows containers on a cargo ship in Hamburg, Germany. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)

German economy stagnates in sign of Europe's difficulties

Feb. 14, 2020 6:41 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Growth ground to a halt at the end of the year in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, as manufacturing remained in a slump and exports fell, official figures showed Friday. The flat reading underlines the challenge facing the broader eurozone economy as it struggles against...

Alaska Airlines President Ben Minicucci, left, looks on as American Airlines President Robert Isom addresses a news conference about the companies new partnership Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Seattle. The airlines say they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. The airlines already share revenue by selling seats on each other's flights, but they had planned to reduce that partnership next month. Instead, they announced that they will expand revenue-sharing to cover international flights in Seattle and Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

American and Alaska strike deal around Seattle flights

Feb. 13, 2020 8:34 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and Alaska Airlines say they will cooperate more closely on West Coast service, including new American flights from Seattle to India's technology hub in Bangalore. The airlines already share revenue by selling seats on each other's flights, but they had planned to reduce...

Pope Francis reads his message during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Feb. 12, 2020 6:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative critics. In an eagerly awaited document, Francis...

Michigan's alcohol breath test devices are back amid probe

Feb. 12, 2020 5:05 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All 203 of Michigan's alcohol breath testing devices are back in service amid a fraud investigation of the company that supplies the equipment. The Michigan State Police launched a criminal investigation last month into contract employees with Intoximeters Inc. and suspended its...

Police officers stand near activists outside BP's headquarters to mark the first day of the oil company's new chief executive Bernard Looney, at St James' Square in London, Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020. Around 100 environmental activists mounted the peaceful protest in central London as Bernard Looney prepared to take up his new role. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

BP lays out long-term ambition to achieve net-zero emissions

Feb. 12, 2020 5:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer BP said Wednesday it wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050, an ambitious target born out of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money. London-based BP's goals include becoming...

In this Feb. 25, 2019 photo, attendees walk to enter at the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain. Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China. The annual Mobile World Congress show will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Virus worries force cancellation of major tech show in Spain

Feb. 12, 2020 3:56 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Organizers of the world’s biggest mobile technology fair are pulling the plug over worries about the viral outbreak from China. The annual Mobile World Congress will no longer be held as planned in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24-27. “Global concern regarding the coronavirus...

FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, a woman exhales while vaping from a Juul pen e-cigarette in Vancouver, Wash. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, Massachusetts sued Juul Labs Inc., accusing the company of deliberating targeting young people through its marketing campaigns. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

Massachusetts sues Juul over e-cigarette marketing tactics

Feb. 12, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts sued electronic cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc. on Wednesday, accusing the company of deliberately targeting young people through its marketing campaigns. Attorney General Maura Healey's office said the nation's biggest e-cigarette maker is responsible for “creating a...