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Lawsuits demand unproven ivermectin for COVID patients

Oct. 16, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mask rules, vaccination mandates and business shutdowns have all landed in the courts during the COVID-19 outbreak, confronting judges with questions of science and government authority. Now they are increasingly being asked to weigh in on the deworming drug ivermectin. ...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

$4.5B clean energy complex planned for southeast Louisiana

Oct. 14, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Industrial gas supplier Air Products announced Thursday it will build a $4.5 billion clean energy facility in Louisiana's capital region, a project that Gov. John Bel Edwards said will help the state's work to reduce carbon emissions in the heart of the petrochemical...

$224M Georgia Power rate hike likely for nuclear plant

Oct. 14, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power Co. customers are likely to pay another $224 million a year for the first of two nuclear reactors near Augusta. The company says the proposal would raise bills for a typical residential customer by about 3%, or $3.78 a month on a bill of...

Daily Wire launches conservative book publishing imprint

Oct. 13, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A publishing division started by the conservative media company the Daily Wire will include releases by Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro, former “Mandalorian” actor Gina Carano, and a book by one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting that was dropped...

'Dopesick,' an opioid crisis story that needed 'to be told'

Oct. 13, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Danny Strong pops up regularly in an eclectic batch of series ranging from the lightness of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Gilmore Girls” to the dark corruption of “Billions.” But when it comes to investing his time as an...

EU urges members to protect poor residents amid energy hikes

Oct. 13, 2021 07:46 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive branch advised the 27 EU member countries Wednesday to adopt tax cuts, state aid and other measures to help households and businesses weather the impact of high energy prices that have fueled a renewed debate on the use of nuclear power. ...

FDA authorizes first e-cigarette, cites benefit for smokers

Oct. 12, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette, saying the vaping device from R.J. Reynolds can help smokers cut back on conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been sold in the U.S. for more than...

New Zealand's doctors and teachers must soon be vaccinated

Oct. 11, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Most of New Zealand's health care workers and teachers will soon be legally required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the government announced Monday. A new mandate compels doctors, pharmacists, community nurses and many other...

EXPLAINER: How US states help rich foreigners shield assets

Oct. 10, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A mention of "tax havens” typically conjures images of sun-soaked Caribbean escapes like the Cayman Islands or the buttoned-down banks of Switzerland. Not South Dakota. But a report detailing how world leaders and some of the planet's wealthiest...