Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coro...

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coro...

Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States." But the executive order would bar only those seeking permanent r...

SC supporters of abortion restrictions vow to keep fighting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina want some leaders in the South Carolina Senate to know they won't let the proposal quietly die. ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 31 The Houston Chronicle on the anti-Semitic attacks in New York: ...

Former envoy: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsi...

Myriad frustrations draw Colombians back onto streets

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians unhappy with President Iván Duque’s response to nearly a week of boisterous protests are taking to the streets again Wednesday demonstrating over issues ranging from...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes. ...

Kansas boosts tax collection forecast $510M over 2 years

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Thursday boosted the state's projections for tax collections by $510 million over two budget years, something certain to renew an already intense dispute betwee...

Taiwan considers NT$100 million fine for tax evaders

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is considering at least one proposal to reform fines for tax evaders, including a maximum fine of NT$100 million (US$3.22 million) for seriou...

Taipei mayor asks government to explain stamp tax abolition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the Cabinet decided Thursday (September 12) to abolish the stamp tax, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said he could accept the measure if the central government could...

Ex-Iowa official says he objected to paying governor staffer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa state official, whose affinity for lauding rapper Tupac Shakur to colleagues drew attention after he was unexpectedly asked to resign, said Wednesday he had objec...

Greece: Creditors meet new government, discuss tax reform

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Senior officials from Greece's bailout creditor institutions are meeting in Athens with the country's new conservative government following general elections this month. ...

State of small business more mixed than administration says

NEW YORK (AP) — As Small Business Week approaches, the nation's smallest companies in the aggregate are by many accounts doing fairly well. They're not, however, thriving en masse in direct response t...

The $1 billion ask: Trump all-in on fundraising for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is well on his way to raising the $1 billion his campaign believes it will take for him to win another term in the White House, building a fundraising machine ...