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FILE - In this Sunday, May 24, 2020, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen broadcasted remotely on big screens at the media center during a press conference held on the sideline of the National People's Congress in Beijing. Wang is dismissing claims that the country is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to expand its footprint in the South China Sea, labeling such accusations as “sheer nonsense.

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea

May. 24, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

Illinois lawmakers pass $40B budget, Chicago casino measure

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved an approximately $40 billion state budget early Sunday that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The budget, which largely relies on...

Brothers Victor Ochoa, 7, right, Jesus Ochoa, 5, second from right, Mariano Ochoa 9, second from left, and their mother Mariana Ochoa run in front of their home in Chicago, Friday, May 22, 2020.  Chicago Run's at-home fitness programs have become an essential part of the family's routine during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Virus crisis a challenge for youth fitness nonprofits

May. 24, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mariana Ochoa worries about the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on her three boys. Their school is closed. She can't take them to their favorite park at the moment. There is no backyard at their home on the southwest side of Chicago. The fitness routines she gets from Chicago Run are a weekly...

Illinois House passes budget relying on federal funding

May. 23, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House passed a $40 billion state budget late Saturday that relies heavily on federal funding. The Chicago Tribune reported the spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 now heads to the Senate. The budget passed on a largely party-line vote of 68-44. The...

Plans to fix Alaska's online budget tracker undetermined

May. 23, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has announced an online platform used to publicly track Alaska's spending is broken, even as the state is managing a budget deficit and federal coronavirus relief aid. The Checkbook Online system has been broken for a month and there...

Louisiana Senate derails bill to limit legislative spending

May. 23, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state senators Friday stalled a proposal that would cut the amount of money available to lawmakers to spend on the state's general operating expenses, raising concerns about the impact on essential services. The Senate Finance Committee didn't vote to kill Baton Rouge...

Bosnia postpones local elections due to lack of funding

May. 23, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Election officials in Bosnia said Saturday that they will postpone local elections scheduled for early October due to the government’s failure to secure funding for their organization. Bosnia’s election commission, or CIK, announced that nationwide...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Illinois State Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo, asks questions of Illinois State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, during debate on SB1863, a bill dealing with vote by mail and other changes for the 2020 election, on the floor of the Illinois Senate during session at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

Illinois budget plan needs $6B in federal aid to balance

May. 22, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Despite an economy decimated by shutdowns forced by the coronavirus pandemic, the Illinois House is poised to consider a $42.64 billion operating budget for next year, a 6.8% increase over current spending that is heavily reliant on federal assistance. Gov. J. B. Pritzker's...