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Schumer: Fed workers to get 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Dec. 8, 2019 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Sunday that congressional leaders have reached a “real breakthrough” deal to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to millions of federal workers as part of the annual defense policy bill. Sen. Charles Schumer said the agreement over the...

Gannett: ‘Frontline’ reporting jobs will be last to get cut

Dec. 8, 2019 11:56 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In November, newspaper publisher GateHouse completed its acquisition of USA Today owner Gannett, creating the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. Executives behind the merger, which was funded in part by a high-interest, $1.8 billion loan from a private equity firm, have pledged...

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Dec. 6, 2019 5:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffered lung damage had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of...

Dutch judge orders Nigerian piracy suspect held for 2 weeks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:39 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Nigerian man suspected of hijacking a Dutch-flagged freight ship has been handed over to Dutch authorities by South Africa and ordered jailed for two weeks while investigations continue, prosecutors said Friday. The 29-year-old, whose identity was not released, is suspected...

Asian shares advance after meager gains on Wall Street

Dec. 5, 2019 11:22 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares swung higher in Asia on Friday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street as investors awaited a U.S. government jobs report and kept an eye out for developments in China-U.S. trade talks. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.7% to 26,401.47, while the Nikkei 225 in Japan picked up...

Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug

Dec. 5, 2019 3:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval. Excitement and...

Portugal resists US appeal to bar Huawei from 5G network

Dec. 5, 2019 11:12 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal won’t exclude Chinese companies from supplying technology for the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network, senior Portuguese officials told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday. Portugal is the latest European Union country to resist U.S....

Drug can curb dementia’s delusions, researchers find

Dec. 4, 2019 8:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. If regulators agree, the drug could become the first treatment specifically for...

US Rep. Denny Heck of Washington state to retire after term

Dec. 4, 2019 6:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic Rep. Denny Heck of Washington state announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, saying his work on the investigation into Russian election interference and the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump have “rendered my soul...

Grand jury urges action in wake of alleged tax credit fraud

Dec. 3, 2019 6:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury report released Tuesday found two of Pennsylvania’s tax credit programs are vulnerable to fraud, citing newly unsealed allegations that a couple disappeared in Hong Kong after using bogus front companies to obtain state tax credits they resold for millions of...