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The House works to adopts rules during a special session of the state Legislature at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills as they returned to the Capitol for a special session that was largely supposed to be focused on the state's $1 billion budget hole due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal via AP)

Lawmakers adjourn special session, restrict choke holds

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A measure further restricting the use of choke holds by police passed the Oregon Legislature by wide margins Monday night as lawmakers concluded a special session called to fix a billion-dollar budget deficit due to COVID-19. House Bill 4301 prohibits the use of choke holds by police or...

A currency trader wearing a face mask walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as US talks on stimulus still stalled

Aug. 5, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. Investors are watching to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4% to 22,438.61 while the Shanghai Composite index gave...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares fall on jitters over US stimulus, China trade

Aug. 4, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Investors are watching the stalemate among U.S. legislators over employment benefits for...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, accompanied by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, take a question from a reporter following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Aug. 4, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far...

Menominee Tribe closing offices amid COVID-19 outbreak

Jul. 28, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Menominee Indian Tribe said Tuesday it is shutting down its governmental offices for two weeks amid an “alarming rise” in COVID-19 cases, including tribal employees in four different departments on the reservation in northeast Wisconsin. Employees in three other...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, left, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, wears a face mask while standing behind a plexiglass barrier during a budget committee hearing in the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are preparing to return to work after an extended summer recess because of the coronavirus. Lawmakers will have about five weeks to pass bills when they return to work on Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Little time, big agenda when California lawmakers return

Jul. 26, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are returning to work Monday for a furious five-week sprint that will include contentious debates about police brutality, unemployment benefits, hospital mergers and a moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The state Legislature has shut down...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, a farmworker, considered an essential worker under the current COVID-19 guidelines, covers his face as he works at a flower farm in Santa Paula, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday, July 24, 2020, pledged to do more to protect Latinos and essential workers from economic and health harms caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but he said he will do so by working with the Legislature, not acting on his own. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Essential Workers story

Jul. 25, 2020 8:57 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story July 24, 2020, about California essential workers, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Christian Arana as a she. Arana is a man.
FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks at a news conference at Pfizer Groton in Groton, Conn. On Friday, July 24, 2020, Lamont signed an executive order that will provide front-line workers

Lamont order presumes workers comp eligibility for virus

Jul. 24, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday signed an executive order that state union leaders predict will provide hundreds, possibly thousands, of front-line workers “presumptive eligibility” for workers compensation benefits if they contracted the coronavirus while on the job during the early days of...

A currency trader watches computer monitors near screens showing the Korean Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (KOSDAQ) and the foreign exchange rate at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. Worsening China-U.S. friction, worries over aid to Americans and U.S. businesses and a stumble on Wall Street combined to push shares in Asia lower on Friday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia shares slip after worst S&P 500 loss in nearly 4 weeks

Jul. 24, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Worsening China-U.S. friction, worries over aid to Americans and U.S. businesses and a stumble on Wall Street combined to push shares in Asia lower on Friday. Shares fell in Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai. Tokyo’s markets were closed for a national holiday. Trump administration...

Weekly unemployment claims drop, but jobs not yet recovered

Jul. 23, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — New weekly claims for unemployment insurance in Washington state decreased last week, but that’s probably not a sign of real recovery for the battered job market. For the week ending July 18, Washington saw 29,438 new, or initial, claims for unemployment insurance benefits, The...