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German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

Sep. 25, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union's most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel, whose party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens...

Nonprofits try to meet 'staggering' needs of Afghan refugees

Sep. 25, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a garage behind the Catholic Diocese of La Crosse, volunteers sort through donations for the thousands of evacuees from Afghanistan, now staying at Fort McCoy in Monroe County. Much of the work involves opening a mountain of Amazon and Target...

Officials: Error causes 50 teachers' bonus checks to bounce

Sep. 24, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A banking error has caused dozens of Florida teachers to see their state-issued $1,000 bonus checks bounce, officials said Friday. Disaster relief payments issued to about 50 of the 176,000 educators who received checks were affected by the...

Mississippi session requested on medical marijuana proposal

Sep. 24, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislative leaders said Friday that they are asking Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call the House and Senate into special session to enact a medical marijuana program and approve financial help for hospitals. They also want legislators...

VA Medical Center near Helena to open beds to non-veterans

Sep. 24, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana hospitals that reach capacity due to a surge in COVID-19 cases may be able to transfer patients to the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center west of Helena, while additional National Guard soldiers are being activated to help at hospitals, Gov. Greg Gianforte...

Walz proposes $10 million drought relief package for farmers

Sep. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $10 million relief package Friday for farmers who suffered losses due to drought across most of Minnesota this summer — a plan that would require a special legislative session to approve. The Democratic governor’s proposal...

France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term

Sep. 24, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Germany and France said they and other European Union countries have nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization. This marks the first time that a candidate for the top job at the U.N. health agency...

Second Tennessee judge blocks Gov. Lee's mask opt-out

Sep. 24, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday handed down a second blow to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's contentious order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements, ruling that Knox County Schools must implement a mask mandate to help protect children with health problems...

His country mired in crises, Lebanese leader calls for help

Sep. 24, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The reverberations of terrorism across the oceans and war in their own neighborhood have left Lebanon and its fellow nations in the Middle East struggling with the consequences, Lebanon’s president said Friday, calling for international help to save his own crisis-hit...

Many hurdles for families with food challenges, poll shows

Sep. 24, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they have had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford. A poll from Impact Genome and The Associated Press-NORC Center...