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European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, July 10, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel presented updated proposals for the EU's long-term budget and post-coronavirus recovery plan ahead of a summit next week in Brussels where heads of state and government leaders will try to agree on a compromise. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU Council head tries to win over 'Frugal Four' on budget

Jul. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With pressure mounting to reach an agreement on a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the president of the European Council on Friday tried to win over the so-called group of “Frugal Four" member countries with new proposals. Charles Michel’s latest offers keep the size...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada predicts historic deficit due to pandemic spending

Jul. 8, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — The Canadian government is predicting a historic CDN$343 billion (US$254 billion) deficit for 2020-21 resulting from its economic and stimulus plans to battle COVID-19. The amount, included in a fiscal “snapshot” the Liberal government released Wednesday, is a huge jump from the...

In this undated photo provided by Southern Utah Athletics, Ghita Nassik hits the ball during tennis practice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Southern Utah announced June 23, 2020, it was eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis programs effective immediately due to budget cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Joey DeGraaf/Southern Utah Athletics  via AP)

As schools ponder cutting sports, tennis proves vulnerable

Jul. 6, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The promise of college tennis lured Abhimanyu Vannemreddy from his home in India to the United States, where he settled in at Winthrop in South Carolina. Now he’s pondering his future thousands of miles away from his family as financial reality crashes down on his sport. Winthrop announced last month that...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, center, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, second right, are taking a family photo with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic, right, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, left and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second left, at the start of a Visegrad Group summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 3, 2020, as Poland takes the rotating presidency of the regional cooperation group.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday that the European Union’s budget for the next seven years should be generous for Central European nations, which aim to help drive the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Duda spoke to open a summit of prime ministers of...

Senators Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans, left; Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, center; and Ed Price, D-Gonzales, speak on the Senate floor in the final hours of Louisiana's special legislative session, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers end session with budget deal, tax breaks

Jun. 30, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday completed a 30-day special session called in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, after awarding millions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses and finishing the state's multibillion-dollar budget a day before it must take effect. The $34 billion...

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 photo, U.S. District Judge Laurie Michelson, left, administers the Aath of Citizenship to Hala Baqtar during a drive-thru naturalization service in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on Detroit's east side. The ceremony is a way to continue working as the federal courthouse is shut down due to Coronavirus. The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens but the oath ceremonies aren't the same because of COVID-19 and a budget crisis at the citizenship agency threatens to stall them again.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drive-up US citizenship eases backlog, but new threat looms

Jun. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-year-old U.K. citizen drove into a Detroit parking garage on a recent afternoon, lowered the window of her SUV to swear an oath, and left as a newly minted American. It took less than 30 minutes. Anita Rosenberger is among thousands of people around the country who have taken the...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 19, 2020 after video meeting with the members of the European Council. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Germany takes EU hot seat with big challenges, expectations

Jun. 30, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the European Union’s biggest economic power, is taking over the rotating presidency of the 27-nation bloc amid massive challenges and huge expectations as the continent grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Berlin's six months in the EU hot seat will likely...

Oregon lawmakers finish special session on police, virus

Jun. 26, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature wrapped up what the Senate president called “an impossible and historic session” Friday after passing a slew of bills, most dealing with police accountability and the coronavirus pandemic. “I could not have imagined two months ago that we would...

Sen. J. Rogers Pope, R-Livingston, reads legislation on the Senate floor ahead of a debate about Louisiana's budget for the financial year that begins July 1, on Friday, June 26, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana budget nears passage as session reaches final days

Jun. 26, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Senate on Friday adopted a more than $35 billion spending plan for the financial year that starts within days, edging the Legislature close to a final budget deal and the end of the special session. The operating budget that would take effect on July 1 uses hundreds of...

FILE  - In this Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks during a news conference in Copenhagen. Frederiksen is postponing her wedding next month because of a European Union summit on the future of the bloc’s budget.  (Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)

Danish PM postpones wedding because of EU summit

Jun. 26, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is postponing her wedding next month because of a European Union summit on the future of the bloc’s budget. “The Council meeting in Brussels takes place on the Saturday in July, where we had planned a wedding. Darn....