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EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

By MICHAEL CASEY | February 20, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet...

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

By MICHAEL TARM | February 20, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment.Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for...

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

By RAF CASERT and ANGELA CHARLTON | February 20, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long —...

Trump campaign, RNC to spend $10M on voting lawsuits

By AAMER MADHANI | February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that they will spend more than $10 million during the 2020 election cycle to battle Democrats on voting-related lawsuits and to...

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

By BARRY HATTON | February 20, 2020

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.The landmark vote left Portugal poised to become one of the few countries in the world permitting...

Conflict of interest fears cast shadow over EU budget talks

By LORNE COOK | February 20, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to...

Uber resumes operating in Colombia after three-week hiatus

By MANUEL RUEDA | February 20, 2020

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uber restarted operations in Colombia on Thursday after shutting down its app for almost three weeks.In a statement, the platform said it had found “new alternatives” to work legally in the South American country.Uber said...

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

By MARK SHERMAN | February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues.The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald...

W.Va. gov says economy is rosy, but doubters not buying that

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE | February 20, 2020

ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told people they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state's economy has improved since he took office.But for Grace Waterman, snacking on vanilla soft serve...

Bosnian Serb leader calls for dissolution of Bosnia

By SABINA NIKSIC | February 20, 2020

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Bosnian Serb leader on Thursday renewed calls for Bosnia’s dissolution and pledged to block decision-making in the country’s institutions, a move slammed by Western envoys as a challenge to the U.S.-sponsored...

Global stocks mostly slip as virus weighs on companies

By YURI KAGEYAMA | February 20, 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly dipped Thursday as several companies estimated that the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China will weigh on their earnings.France's CAC 40 edged down 0.2% to 6,099 and Germany's DAX fell 0.2% to 13,765. Britain's...

Pentagon chief visits nuke base to highlight weapon spending

By ROBERT BURNS | February 20, 2020

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan for a top-to-bottom modernization of the nuclear arsenal....