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GOP, Dems offer compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

Jul. 23, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two veteran senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs serving seniors and low-income people. Iowa...

US attorney general says encryption creates security risk

Jul. 23, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that increased encryption of data on phones and computers and encrypted messaging apps are putting American security at risk. Barr's comments at a cybersecurity conference mark a continuing effort by the Justice Department to push tech companies to...

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

Jul. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs

Jul. 11, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the financial...

France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

Jul. 11, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports. The final vote in favor of the tax in the French Senate came hours after the Trump administration announced an investigation into the tax...

Trump trade representative to investigate French tech tax

Jul. 10, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is launching an investigation into France's proposed tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — a move that could lead to U.S. taxes on French imports. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed concern that the tax, expected to be passed...

Congress has ambitious agenda tackling health care costs

Jul. 7, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Returning from their Fourth of July recess, the...

House Democrats approve bill to strengthen election security

Jun. 27, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by Russian interference in 2016, House Democrats approved a bill Thursday aimed at strengthening election security for the 2020 race. The measure, approved 225-184 mostly along party lines, would require paper ballots in federal elections and authorize $775 million in grants over...

US to China: Fix tech policies. China's retort: Drop tariffs

Jun. 27, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Americans want to safeguard their technological riches, restore balance to their top trading relationship and force a sharp-elbowed rival to play by the rules and keep its word. The Chinese want the Trump administration to drop its tariffs so they can regain freer access to the...