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US delay to Huawei ban gives tech sector time to adjust

May. 21, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

The United States is delaying some restrictions on U.S. technology sales to Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei in what it calls an effort to ease the blow on Huawei smartphone owners and smaller U.S. telecoms providers that rely on its networking equipment. The Trump administration insists the sanctions are unrelated...

Correction: WHO Travel story

May. 21, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story May 20 about travel spending at the World Health Organization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that information about the organization's travel spending was obtained from internal documents. The information was made publicly available on WHO's website on May 9. A...

Florida man faces prison time for fake disaster aid claims

May. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces up to 20 years in prison for providing false information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to receive disaster assistance. The office of U.S. State Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez said in an email sent Tuesday that 47-year-old Lepoleon Spikes...

Indiana city needs $5M to finish Wabash levee improvements

May. 20, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a southwestern Indiana city say they need about $5 million to complete improvements to a Wabash River levee to ensure that it remains federally accredited. The city of Vincennes expects that its earthen flood-control levee will be re-certified next year by the Federal...

New Mexico mayor's plan would charge for emergency costs

May. 20, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — A New Mexico mayor has proposed billing some drivers who are involved in car accidents resulting in hazardous material cleanup or victim extractions as a way to pay for more emergency rescue personnel in the state's largest city. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's budget proposal...

Firefighters seek insurance payments for ambulance services

May. 20, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Allowing fire departments to recoup the cost of their ambulance services from patient insurance plans will help the often cash-strapped organizations' finances and improve emergency services, especially in rural upstate New York, the leaders of statewide firefighter groups said Monday....

Watchdog report: North Carolina hurricane funds delayed

May. 20, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in North Carolina's spending of federal funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery, according to a report released Monday from the General Assembly's government watchdog agency. The non-partisan Program Evaluation Division also...

Nebraska lawmaker warns of Offutt Air Force Base's gear loss

May. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska congressman is backing the Air Force's emergency request for $234 million to replace equipment and crew training simulators damaged by recent floodwaters that inundated the Offutt Air Force Base. Rep. Don Bacon recently sent a letter to a House subcommittee...

Rising Lake Ontario levels prompt emergencies along shore

May. 20, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

OLCOTT, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have declared a state of emergency for the counties along Lake Ontario as water levels continue to rise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state agencies to assist local governments and residents in responding to potential flooding in the coming days and weeks....

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

May. 20, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on plans to provide $8 million worth of medical and nutritional aid for North Korean children through U.N. agencies while it also considers sending broader food aid to the country, which says it is suffering its worst drought in decades....