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President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden predicts 'bleak future' if Congress doesn't act on aid

Dec. 4, 2020 5:10 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is predicting a “bleak future” if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the country's economic recovery. He also expressed concern that so far he’s seen...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden's inauguration could resemble virtual DNC

Dec. 4, 2020 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 4:05 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says keeping people safe is his first consideration for his Jan. 20 inauguration, making it “highly unlikely” that a million people will pack the National Mall for his swearing-in...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier arrives at the Conference Centre in London, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. With less than one month to go before the U.K. exits the EU's economic orbit, talks are continuing, and U.K. officials have said this is the last week to strike a deal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK-EU trade talks 'paused' with deal still elusive

Dec. 4, 2020 3:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A week of intense trade talks between Britain and the European Union ended in stalemate Friday, with negotiators stepping back while politicians decide whether major differences can be bridged to avoid a messy, economically disruptive rupture in less than a month. EU chief negotiator Michel...

President-elect Joe Biden arrives at The Queen theater, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden adjusting agenda to reflect narrow divide in Congress

Dec. 4, 2020 11:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adjusting the scope of his agenda to meet the challenges of governing with a narrowly divided Congress and the complications of legislating during a raging pandemic. Rather than immediately pursue ambitious legislation to combat climate change, the incoming...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Suga announced a 2 trillion green fund to promote innovation and technology to achieve his pledge to achieve a carbon free society by 2050.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae, Pool)

Japan PM pledges $19B to promote ecological businesses

Dec. 4, 2020 9:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged a 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) fund on Friday to promote ecological businesses and innovation to achieve his goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Suga, who took office in mid-September, set climate change as one of his main policy goals...

FILE- In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 file photo, a fishing vessel is docked at Kilkeel harbor in Northern Ireland. Fishing has become one of the main stumbling blocs in the Brexit negotiations for a new trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/David Keyton, File)

Fishing holds key to Brexit trade deal as talks drag on

Dec. 4, 2020 6:56 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Brexit talks enter their decisive final days, there’s still a big catch: the fishing industry. It is holding up the trade deal between the European Union and recently departed Britain, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of euros in annual production...

President-elect Joe Biden arrives at The Queen theater, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden: Trump inaugural presence important to US

Dec. 3, 2020 10:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 9:55 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden says it is important that President Donald Trump attend his inauguration only in the sense that it would demonstrate the nation’s commitment to a peaceful transfer of power between...

This combination of file photos shows from left, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. on Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., on July 24, 2020, in Washington and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., on March 3, 2020, in Washington. Hoyer and No. 3 party leader Clyburn, Congress’ highest ranking Black member, were reelected to their positions, like Pelosi without opposition on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo)

Optimism growing for COVID relief bill as pressure builds

Dec. 3, 2020 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate and as top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in...

FILE - This Feb. 5, 2018, file photo shows the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System in the ground at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington.  The Senate on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020,  narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump’s picks on the Fed’s influential board after a string of high-profile rejections. The vote in favor of Waller’s appointment was 48-47. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Senate confirms Christopher Waller to serve on Fed's board

Dec. 3, 2020 5:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump's picks on the Fed's influential board after a string of high-profile rejections. The vote in favor of Waller was 48-47....

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley attends a Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony led by President Donald Trump at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Milley urges 'relook' at permanent overseas basing of troops

Dec. 3, 2020 5:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Thursday the United States should reconsider its decades-old practice of stationing troops and their families in allied countries at risk of war, like South Korea and in the Persian Gulf. In remarks on the future of warfare, Army Gen. Mark Milley said he...