Maryland GOP governor wants more visas for foreign workers

Maryland's Republican governor on Tuesday urged federal officials to allow more H-2B visas for foreign workers to help the state's $355 million seafood industry and seasonal employers. ...

Mobile payment penetration in Taiwan exceeded 60% in 2019

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The mobile payment penetration rate in Taiwan reached 62.2 percent in 2019, up more than 10 percent from the previous year, as the country works to create an environment c...

AP FACT CHECK: Distortion in Trump's impeachment defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first formal response to impeachment charges, President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of a key witness who described an exchange of favors in the Ukraine matter. ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's compulsive claims of 'biggest' ever

WASHINGTON (AP) — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does. Just as his tax cuts are far fro...

Groups push for 'Medicare for All' support as primaries near

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — "Medicare for All" has played a role in nearly every stage of the Democratic presidential campaign, but there's been some quibbling over how that phrase is defined. With just wee...

Amazon to invest $1 billion in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Wednesday that his company plans to invest $1 billion in digitizing small and medium businesses in India. Bezos, who is currently on a...

AP FACT CHECK: No, Trump didn't save preexisting conditions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made a striking claim Monday, insisting it was he who ensured that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance. ...

Virginia lawmaker wants to ban NRA's shooting range

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Democrat is looking to block the National Rifle Association from operating an indoor gun range at its headquarters. It's an aggressive move against the country's best k...

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___ Lebanon receives Interpol notice for ex-Nissan fugitive BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol has issued a wanted notice for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped ba...

Deval Patrick hopes 'magic' can make up for late 2020 start

CHICAGO (AP) — Over a year ago, Woody Kaplan, a major Democratic donor and longtime Deval Patrick supporter, helped the former governor plan his potential presidential bid. “The gam...

3 years in, no sign of Trump's replacement for Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would pr...

Strange bedfellows: French unions funded by strike victims

PARIS (AP) — Labor unions' outsized power and plentiful funds are driving the strikes crippling France to protest the government’s planned revamping of the retirement system. Unions represent less tha...

Lebanese help each other as economic crisis crushes lives

BEIRUT (AP) — Panic set in on a WhatsApp group used to organize Lebanese protests when one member said he intended to kill himself because he can’t provide for his kids. The desperat...

Aussie PM: Some volunteer firefighters to receive paid leave

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s beleaguered prime minister announced Tuesday that volunteer firefighters from the federal public sector will receive paid leave entitlements in a move to help conta...

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___ Boeing CEO resigns after two deadly 737 Max crashes Boeing's CEO is stepping down with no end in sight for a crisis that has enveloped the manufacturer and its ...