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Signs of recovery as California adds jobs for 2nd month

Apr. 16, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California employers added 119,600 new jobs in March, the second straight month of growth following a topsy-turvy year of enormous losses and inconsistent gains during an unpredictable pandemic. New unemployment claims, both for traditional...

How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

Apr. 16, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it. One big reason:...

Spain's PM wants EU recovery funds to create greener nation

Apr. 13, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's left-wing government wants the massive coronavirus windfall it will be receiving from the European Union to transform the nation after the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. Spain is set to receive 140 billion euros ($166...

Speaker takes lawmaker to task over 'China virus' email

Apr. 12, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — House Speaker Ryan Fecteau criticized a Republican lawmaker for calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus" but he has no plans for formal reprimand. House Speaker Ryan Fecteau said the coronavirus descriptor used by Republican Rep. Michael...

UN chief urges wealth tax of those who profited during COVID

Apr. 12, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared Monday that the world’s failure to unite on tackling COVID-19 created wide inequalities, and he called for urgent action including a wealth tax to help finance the global recovery from the coronavirus. ...

Vermont governor outlines spending for $1B in COVID relief

Apr. 07, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott wants the state to use some of the more than $1 billion in federal COVID-19 assistance money to help improve access to broadband internet services and other wireless connectivity. Scott on Tuesday outlined plans for...

March hiring accelerated to 916K, yet many jobs remain lost

Apr. 02, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen. ...

Large Florida school district hit by ransomware attack

Apr. 01, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The computer system of one of the nation's largest school districts was hacked by a criminal gang that encrypted district data and demanded $40 million in ransom or it would erase the files and post students' and employees' personal information online. ...

Shaheen supports funding increase to fight opioid epidemic

Mar. 26, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has helped introduce a bill that would increase funding to fight the opioid epidemic, which has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill increases funding authorization levels and sets out new...

Report: Money key to reverse pandemic losses for poor

Mar. 26, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 60 international agencies are calling for immediate financing to put gains for developing countries back on track after the COVID-19 pandemic led to widening inequalities, the worst recession in 90 years, an estimated 120 million people pushed into extreme...