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FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, robots work on an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up despite a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
July 15, 2020 - 6:43 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 file photo, European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. A European Union high court on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 ruled in favor of technology giant Apple and Ireland in its dispute with the EU over 13 billion euros, 15 billion US dollars in back taxes. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
July 15, 2020 - 6:39 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union court on Wednesday delivered a hammer blow to the bloc’s attempts to rein in sweetheart tax deals between multinationals and individual member countries when it ruled that technology giant Apple does not have to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 15, 2020 - 5:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure, a move that critics are describing as the dismantling of a 50-year-old environmental protection law...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks outside of the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital during a press conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Greenville, Ky. McConnell made the appearance to express his gratitude for Kentucky's front-line healthcare workers and to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. Expected...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 14, 2020 - 7:51 pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is needed to tackle climate change and revive the economy. In remarks near his home in...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks outside of the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital during a press conference, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Greenville, Ky. McConnell made the appearance to express his gratitude for Kentucky's front-line healthcare workers and to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 7:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers...
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FILE- In this June 14, 2018, file photo Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard participates in an open meeting in Washington. Brainard warned Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that the U.S. economy appears to be slowing after an initial burst of recovery and called for the Fed to take aggressive steps to spur growth. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
July 14, 2020 - 1:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard warned Tuesday that the U.S. economy appears to be slowing after an initial burst of recovery and called for the Fed to take aggressive steps to bolster growth. Brainard said that hiring and consumer spending bounced back more strongly than...
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FILE - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, in a Tuesday, July 7, 2020, file photo in Urbandale, Iowa. Iowa Auditor Rob Sand says the Test Iowa program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation of actor and Iowa native Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the way it handles test results data. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
July 14, 2020 - 1:17 pm
Iowa's auditor said Tuesday that a coronavirus testing program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the indirect way it handles test results data. Auditor Rob Sand said his office reviewed...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2020, file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. The Abe government's Defense White Paper 2020 highlights what are potential Chinese and North Korean threats as Japan tries to further increase its defense capability. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 14, 2020 - 6:18 am
TOKYO (AP) — China is pushing harder to make territorial claims in the regional seas and even using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence and take strategic superiority, posing a greater threat to Japan and the region, Japan's government said. The report highlighting the government's...
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A worker wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus guides the loading of a shipping container at a container port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, Thursday, July 9, 2020. China’s imports of U.S. goods rose 10.6% in June over a year earlier and its global trade also increased in a fresh sign the world’s second-largest economy is gradually recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, customs data showed Tuesday July 14, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)
July 14, 2020 - 1:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade improved in June in a fresh sign the world’s second-largest economy is recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. But its exporters face threats including tension with Washington and a possible downturn in U.S. and European demand. Chinese imports rose 3% over a year...
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