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$55M contract toward Comite River diversion canal

May. 28, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Baton Rouge company has a $55 million contract for work on a flood-control canal planned for decades. The Comite River Diversion Canal would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency. The...

Military continues to boost Hawaii economy during virus

May. 25, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. military spending continues to be a pillar of Hawaii's economy as the Department of Defense has so far proved resistant to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The financial damaged suffered by the state because of the significant decrease in tourism has been offset by...

FILE - In this May 17, 2016,  file, photo, Farhad Azima, the owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Kansas City-based Aviation Leasing Group poses for a photo at his home in Kansas City, Mo. An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday, May 22, 2020. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)

UK court orders gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

May. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday. The ruling against Farhad Azima caps a...

This Dec. 30, 2019 image from security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Taylor, a former Green Beret and his son, Peter Taylor, 27, were arrested Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Massachusetts on charges they smuggled Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box in December 2019, while he awaited trial there on financial misconduct charges. (DHA via AP)

Ex-Green Beret nabbed in exec's escape has lived on the edge

May. 21, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

Decades before a security camera caught Michael Taylor coming off a jet that was carrying one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives, the former Green Beret had a hard-earned reputation for taking on dicey assignments. Over the years, Taylor had been hired by parents to rescue abducted children. He went...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks to Japanese media during an interview in Beirut, Lebanon. U.S. authorities have arrested two men accused of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct. Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor were arrested Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday morning in Harvard, Massachusetts.  (Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP, File)

2 accused of smuggling ex-Nissan boss out of Japan in a box

May. 20, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Green Beret and his son were arrested Wednesday in Massachusetts on charges they smuggled Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box while he awaited trial there on financial misconduct charges. Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former Green Beret and private...

FILE - This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Army Corp of Engineers also said there was no set date to start or complete construction, which will take place near Nogales, Arizona and Sasabe, Arizona. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota confirmed the $1.3 billion contract for building...

Corps awards $7.1M contract to fix Nebraska levee

May. 15, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday it awarded a $7.1 million contract to fully repair a Nebraska levee system damaged during the March 2019 flood. The latest contract would repair the Pender–Logan Creek Right Bank levee system in Pender, Nebraska. It is the 17th one...

An opened box of protective masks sits on a pallet at Direct Relief's distribution center in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  An Associated Press investigation has found millions of medical masks, gloves, gowns and other supplies being used in hospitals across the country are counterfeits, putting lives at risk.  (Jonathan Ingalls/FRONTLINE/PBS/GRC via AP)

Counterfeit masks reaching frontline health workers in US

May. 13, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day when COVID-19 cases soared, healthcare supplies were scarce and an anguished doctor warned he was being sent to war without bullets, a cargo plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport, supposedly loaded with the ammo doctors and nurses were begging for: some of the...

FILE - In this April 20, 2020, file photo a ventilator waits to be used for a COVID-19 patient going into cardiac arrest at St. Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. An analysis of federal contracting data by The Associated Press shows the Department of Health and Human Services is now on track to exceed 100,000 new ventilators by around July 13, about a week later than the 100-day deadline Trump first gave on March 27. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Becoming 'King of Ventilators' may result in unexpected glut

May. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As requests for ventilators from the national stockpile reached a crescendo in late March, President Donald Trump made what seemed like a bold claim: His administration would have 100,000 within 100 days. At the time, the Department of Health and Human Services had not ordered any new...

US awards border wall contract in Texas to begin in 2021

May. 8, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government has awarded a $275 million border wall contract for construction that would begin in South Texas in January, at the start of President Donald Trump's second term if he is re-elected. Caddell Construction Company, based in Montgomery, Alabama, won the contract to build 14...