Government and politics

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks are swinging between losses and gains in Thursday, Sept. 24, trading, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street’s tumultuous September. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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September 24, 2020 - 6:02 pm
Stocks eked out modest gains Thursday even as volatility continued to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% after earlier swinging between a loss of 0.9% and a gain of 1.3%. The market notched widespread gains, though technology stocks powered much...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a video screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely "virtual." Leaders have been asked to pre-record their speeches, which will be shown in the General Assembly chamber, where each of the 193 U.N. member nations are allowed to have one diplomat present. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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September 24, 2020 - 5:31 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States butted heads with China and Russia at the United Nations on Thursday over responsibility for the pandemic that has interrupted the world, trading allegations about who mishandled and politicized the virus in one of the few real-time exchanges among top...
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Passersby walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dedham, Mass. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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September 24, 2020 - 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two...
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September 24, 2020 - 3:09 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and state officials. State and federal...
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People gather in Jefferson Square awaiting word on charges against police officers, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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September 24, 2020 - 3:05 pm
The announcement that no police officers would be charged in the death of Breonna Taylor threw a spotlight on the role of grand juries, which are shrouded in secrecy yet wield enormous power in courthouses across the U.S. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday that two officers who...
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Commuters at Waterloo Station, in London, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, after Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
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September 24, 2020 - 1:01 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s treasury chief announced a new income support program Thursday for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as the government races to prevent widespread layoffs when earlier employer subsidies end next month. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in a speech to lawmakers, unveiled his...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 1998 file photo, journalist Harold Evans talks about his new book, "The American Century," at his office in New York. Evans, the charismatic publisher, author and muckraker, has died at 92. His wife, fellow author-publisher Tina Brown, said he died of congestive heart failure, it was reported on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. He was a bold-faced name for decades, from exposing wrongdoing in 1960s London, to publishing such 1990s best-sellers as Joe Klein’s “Primary Colors.” (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)
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September 24, 2020 - 11:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Harold Evans, the charismatic publisher, author and muckraker who brought investigative moxie to the British press, newsmaking dash to the American book business through best-sellers like “Primary Colors” and synergetic buzz to all as author-publisher Tina Brown’s husband, has...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. The United Nations makes a point of welcoming all nations, regardless of political persuasion. But in many ways, there's a love-hate relationship between the North and the U.N. One important thing the North gets from the U.N. is a direct point of contact with the 192 other member nations, including a host of countries that would be loath to send their diplomats to pay homage in Pyongyang, pre-eminent among them, the United States. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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September 24, 2020 - 10:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard of Northeast Asia. Yes, the country’s propaganda services are prone to rhetoric meant to convey a sense of towering...
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September 24, 2020 - 10:38 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — An earthquake measuring magnitude 4.2 hit near Istanbul on Thursday, a Turkish government agency reported. There was no immediate report of damage or casualties. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the quake was centered in the Sea of Marmara, off the town of...
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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Of the three Louisville Metro police officers being investigated, one was indicted. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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September 24, 2020 - 9:58 am
“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability. In the end, none of the officers were charged with Taylor's killing, although one was...
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