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May 28, 2020 - 11:07 am
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Requiring patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill is needlessly risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of physicians allege in a lawsuit that seeks to suspend the federal rule. The federal lawsuit, which the...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping reaches to vote on a piece of national security legislation concerning Hong Kong during the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 28, 2020 - 10:38 am
HONG KONG (AP) — China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that exerts Beijing's broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year. The Beijing-backed Hong Kong...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo shows a sale pending sign on a home in Mount Lebanon, Pa The National Association of Realtors releases its April report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases on Thursday, May 28.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 28, 2020 - 10:06 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — April had a record collapse in Americans signing contracts to buy homes, a reflection of the broader shutdown of economic activity in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index plunged 21.8% from the...
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FILE- in this March 27, 2018 file photo a sign reading 'Emabassy of the Russian Federation' displayed at entrance of the Russian embassy in Berlin, Germany. Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev to inform him in person of the move. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
May 28, 2020 - 9:51 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019 photo, trucks hauling shipping containers wait to unload at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. The Commerce Department issues its second estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the first quarter of 2020 on Thursday, May 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 28, 2020 - 9:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at an even faster pace than initially estimated in the first three months of this year with economists continuing to expect a far worse outcome in the current April-June quarter. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the gross domestic product, the...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, workers stand at the bottom of the Olympic rings at Tokyo's Odaiba district. Just two months after the unprecedented postponement. Chief Executive Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday, May 28, 2020 about progress rescheduling next year's Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
May 28, 2020 - 9:37 am
TOKYO (AP) — Just two months after the unprecedented Olympic postponement, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward next year's rescheduled Tokyo Games. “If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that question,” said...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, April 23, 2008, an EasyJet jetliner lands at the Milan Linate airport, Italy. European budget airline eastJet said Thursday May 28, 2020, it plans to cut up to a third of its 15,000-strong workforce as the global aviation industry struggles to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, FILE)
May 28, 2020 - 9:23 am
LONDON (AP) — European budget carrier easyJet and American Airlines both plan to cut large parts of their workforces as the global aviation industry struggles to cope with a near total halt to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Easyjet said Thursday that it will cut up to a third of its 15,000...
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May 28, 2020 - 9:23 am
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after French public television aired documentaries on the North African country’s anti-government protest movement, one of which contained shots of young people kissing and drinking alcohol. The Algerian foreign...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo a worker pushes a cart past refrigerators at a Home Depot store location in Boston. On Thursday, May 28, the Commerce Department releases its April report on durable goods. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
May 28, 2020 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. orders for big-ticket factory goods plunged for the second straight month in April as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy. The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods dropped 17.2% last month after falling 16.6% in March. Excluding orders for...
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May 28, 2020 - 8:25 am
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. In Malawi, more than 400 people recently...
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