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Refugees and migrants wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of coronavirus leave on a bus after their arrival at the port of Lavrio, about 75 kilometers (48miles) south of Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities have moved nearly 1,000 asylum-seekers from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island camps. Most of the people on a ferry that docked Tuesday at Lavrio, near Athens, were from a temporary facility hastily built on the island of Lesbos to replace a squalid camp that angry residents burned down three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece moves asylum-seekers to ease crowding at island camps

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities moved nearly 1,000 refugees from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland Tuesday as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island refugee camps. Most of the 946 people on a ferry that docked at Lavrio, near Athens, had been at a temporary facility...

A former East German watch tower stands on a hill high above the former border area between East and West Germany in Unterweid, eastern Germany, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Thirty years after Germany was reunited on Oct. 3, 1990, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn't survive the abrupt transition to capitalism inefficient companies found themselves struggling to compete in a market economy, while demand for eastern products slumped and outdated facilities were shut down.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end

Sep. 29, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

EISENACH, Germany (AP) — Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn't survive the abrupt transition to capitalism. The mighty West German...

US proposes protections for rare thistle in New Mexico

Sep. 29, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a rare plant that was once found in the the American Southwest and Mexico as a threatened species. The agency outlined its intensions in Tuesday’s Federal Register. Aside from adding the Wright’s marsh thistle...

Ohio tells GM to repay tax break after it shut down plant

Sep. 28, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — General Motors must repay roughly half of a $60 million tax incentive package because of its broken promise to keep open its assembly plant near Youngstown, a state agency said Monday. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority also said GM must invest $12 million in workforce and education needs...

More layoffs at Maine paper mill after blast

Sep. 27, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

JAY, Maine (AP) — The owner of the Androscoggin paper mill is cutting another 51 jobs, bringing the total to 110 workers laid off since an explosion in April. Pixelle Specialty Solutions, headquartered in Pennsylvania, continues to develop its long-term plan after the mill lost its pulp operation because...

Nursing homes to take over virus testing program for staff

Sep. 26, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Nursing homes in New Hamsphire will be in charge of testing their staff for the coronavirus starting next month. The state Department of Health and Human Services has been operating a surveillance testing program in long term care facilities, but in mid-October will start transitioning...

Activists are surrounded by police on the Garzweiler power plant grounds in Grevenbroich, western Germany, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Anti-coal protesters have entered a mine to protest the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels. (David Young/dpa via AP)

Hundreds of anti-coal campaigners protest at German mine

Sep. 26, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

LUETZERATH, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of anti-coal activists staged protesters in and around a mine in western Germany on Saturday, demonstrating against the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels in Europe's biggest economy. Environmental groups oppose the German government's decision to allow the...

Illinois community forms panel to stop nuclear plant closure

Sep. 26, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

BYRON, Ill. (AP) — A local panel was recently formed in an Illinois community in hopes of preventing a nuclear energy company from closing its plant. Byron Station Response Committee plans to develop a “collaborative, broad-based response” to Exelon’s announcement of its intent to...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2019, file photo, clothes dryers, top, are stacked on top of washing machines at a Home Depot store location, in Boston.  Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased a weak 0.4% in August following a much larger July gain. The Commerce Department reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 that the August advance marked the fourth consecutive increase but was far lower than the 11.7% surge seen in July.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods ticks up just 0.4%

Sep. 25, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased just 0.4% in August following a much larger gain in the previous month. It was the fourth consecutive monthly increase, but the most recent uptick was far weaker than the 11.7% surge in July, the Commerce Department...

Hawaii geothermal plant can restart without further review

Sep. 25, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health determined the state’s only geothermal power plant does not need an additional environmental review in its ongoing effort to restart after the facility was shut down by a volcanic eruption. Puna Geothermal Venture is in the review process for a...