Government and politics

This Nov. 15, 2012 photo shows the remnants of an oceanfront building in Sea Bright N.J. that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, New Jersey officials released a report committing the state to try to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help fight climate change and rising sea levels. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
October 15, 2020 - 4:40 pm
ATLANTIC CITY,N.J. (AP) — Gasoline-powered vehicles would become a thing of the past, and nine out of every 10 buildings in New Jersey would be heated and cooled by electricity instead of natural gas or oil, under an ambitious plan laid out Thursday by the state's environmental regulators. It is an...
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Acting U.S Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Antoinette T. Bacon, speaks at a repatriation ceremony for the painting "Winter" Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. The painting, discovered in an upstate New York museum, was part of a cache of art seized by the Nazis from the Mosse family in Berlin in 1933. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)
October 15, 2020 - 2:55 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. The painting “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers was part of a cache of...
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FILE — In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. Ramaphosa announced Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 that his government will be extending relief measures to the country's poor who have been hurt by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. (Rodger Bosch/Pool Photo via AP, FILE)
October 15, 2020 - 11:31 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that his government will extend relief grants to 6 million of the country’s unemployed who have been hurt by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ramaphosa, delivering an economic recovery plan to...
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Young people sit outside a pub while football is shown on TV as new measures across the region are set to come into force in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new strategy for combating COVID-19 seemed to unravel Wednesday as regional leaders chose their own paths and the mayors of the cities facing the toughest restrictions accused Johnson of using the crisis to divide them for political advantage. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
October 15, 2020 - 11:29 am
LONDON (AP) — London and seven other areas will face further restrictions after the British government on Thursday raised their coronavirus risk levels in an effort to slow the exponential rise in infection rates across the country. The government's decision to move the communities into its second-...
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People hold banners as they demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020. Protests against Nigeria's police continued to rock the country for the eighth straight day Thursday as demonstrators marched through the streets of major cities, blocking traffic and disrupting business. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
October 15, 2020 - 10:46 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Widespread protests against Nigeria's police have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of several cities, according to witnesses. Since the protests began more than a week ago, at least 10 people have been killed and hundreds injured...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020, file photo, trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The 2020 presidential election is clearly unlike any other, but investors might be wise to treat it just like most of the previous ones. History shows the stock market’s performance doesn’t correlate that closely with which party controls the White House: It tends to rise following elections regardless of who wins. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
October 15, 2020 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — This presidential election is clearly unlike any other, but investors might be wise to treat it just like most of the previous ones. History shows the stock market’s performance doesn’t correlate that closely with which party controls the White House: It tends to rise following...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 15, 2020 - 7:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department...
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People walk past a Miniso shop at a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Miniso, a Chinese discount retailer known for its fashionable but affordable household products, is expected to raise up to $562 million in a U.S. initial public offering in New York. The Guangzhou-based retailer is the latest Chinese company to list in the U.S., amid tensions that have taken U.S.-China relations to their worst level in decades. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 15, 2020 - 7:22 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Miniso, a Chinese discount retailer known for its fashionable but affordable household products, is expected to raise up to $562 million in a U.S. initial public offering in New York. The Guangzhou-based retailer is the latest Chinese company to list in the U.S., amid tensions that...
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A man raises three-finger salutes, a symbol of resistance, as he speaks to pro-democracy protesters during a protest at the central business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Thailand's government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday, a day after a student-led protest against the country's traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
October 15, 2020 - 7:19 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday, a day after a student-led protest against the country’s traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. After the pre-dawn declaration,...
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Pro-democracy activists Jimmy Lai, left, and Leung Kwok-hung, right, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Lai on Thursday, according to Lai's aide. The raid comes ahead of Lai’s scheduled court appearance Thursday on charges of joining an unauthorized assembly on June 4. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 15, 2020 - 6:03 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s aide. Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a post on Twitter that 14 police officers visited Lai's office and confiscated documents. Lai, 71, is an outspoken...
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