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Correction: Conservative Lawmakers-Tech Companies story

Jan. 28, 2021 11:28 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In a story January 27, 2021, about Idaho lawmakers questioning managers of the state’s employee retirement system investing in Twitter, Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of state money invested in the companies. It’s...

State pension fund closes year with almost $9.5B in assets

Jan. 27, 2021 3:33 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Pension Fund closed out 2020 with a record of almost $9.5 billion in assets, officials said Wednesday. The fund for retired public employees grew in 2020 despite COVID-19 market volatility, according to General Treasurer Seth Magaziner's office. He credited the...

President Joe Biden signs executive orders on the economy in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris looks on at left. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's executive actions for economic relief at a glance

Jan. 22, 2021 3:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a pair of executive orders Friday aimed at offering a quick dose of relief to an economy still being hammered by the coronavirus. Both measures were largely stopgaps as Congress considers a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan from Biden. The orders aim to increase food...

Turkey seeks arrest of judges, prosecutors over coup ties

Jan. 22, 2021 3:26 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Friday issued arrest warrants for 44 judges and prosecutors suspected of links to the group Ankara blames for a 2016 coup attempt, state-run media said. The Anadolu news agency, citing a statement from the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office, reported that...

Nebraska signs new 2-year contract with state worker union

Jan. 21, 2021 3:12 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state employees have a new contract that includes pay raises for those who receive a satisfactory rating in their performance reviews. Gov. Pete Ricketts said the contract reflects “the culmination of six years of culture changes in state government to become a more...

A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

Jan. 19, 2021 7:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the...

Audit: Louisiana state workers decrease, but pay costs rise

Jan. 18, 2021 10:06 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's state government employee ranks have thinned over the last seven years, but the decline in workers hasn't dropped the state payroll's costs, according to a new audit released Monday. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found that the number of state workers across...

This Jan. 14, 2021, screenshot shows Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, upper left, and other state officials discussing the coronavirus pandemic during a remote online briefing. State officials touted New Mexico's novel system for getting people registered for vaccinations, saying the state has among the top vaccination rates in the U.S. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

New Mexico seeks answers on federal rollout of vaccine doses

Jan. 15, 2021 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials said Friday that they were disappointed to learn that the state may not get as many vaccine doses as promised by the federal government just days ago. New Mexico is not alone as uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments has triggering...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 13, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 11 The Advocate on Robert Ricks Jr., a National Weather Service retiree: It’s 2021, so let’s put aside the debate about the growing power of federal bureaucrats and salute a civil servant for a job well done. Most folks probably never heard of...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, smoke rises after an explosion the day before at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. The Court of Cassation in Lebanon ruled Monday Jan. 11, 2021, that the prosecutor investigating last year’s massive explosion at the Beirut port that killed dozens and injured thousands can resume his work. The ruling Monday comes after a three-week pause following legal challenges to Judge Fadi Sawwan's authority. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Lebanon high court says prosecutor can resume port probe

Jan. 11, 2021 10:37 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s highest court said Monday the prosecutor investigating last year’s massive explosion at the Beirut port that killed dozens and injured thousands can resume his work after a three-week pause following legal challenges to his authority. The Court of Cassation's decision...