Cyberattack disrupts unemployment benefits in some states

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A cyberattack on a software company has disrupted unemployment benefits and helped seek jobs for thousands of people in several states. In Tennessee, the unemployment benefit website remained down on Thursday morning after the provider, Geographic Solutions Inc., told the state on Sunday that the service would be suspended. About 12,000 … Read more

KLM pays back last of Dutch government pandemic loans

AP HAAG, The Netherlands (AP) – The Dutch flagship KLM announced on Thursday that it is repaying the last tranche of loans from the Dutch government and banks to help it survive when the covid-19 pandemic threw global aviation into a spin. The carrier repays EUR 277 million ($ 290 million) to the government, the … Read more

Amazon, Rite Aid cap purchase of emergency contraceptives

By HALELUYA HADERO NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon limits how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy and joins other retailers who put on similar caps after Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Amazon’s limit, which temporarily limits the purchase of contraceptives to three units per week, came into force on Monday, an e-commerce giant … Read more

Shop that sold gun in Oxford school shooting named in suit

By COREY WILLIAMS – Associated Press WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) – The parents of a teenager who was injured during a mass shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan are suing the store that sold the gun used to kill four students and injure six other people. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Detroit federal court … Read more

U.S. newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week.

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at a rate of two per week, according to a report published on Wednesday on local news. Areas in the country that are without a reliable source of local news tend to be poorer, older and less … Read more

New York’s 1st legal marijuana crop sprouts under the sun

By MICHAEL HILL – Associated Press CLIFTON PARK, NY (AP) – New York’s marijuana market for leisure activities is literally sprouting, with thin leafy plants stretching toward the sun on farms around the state. In a new move, New York gave 203 hemp growers first shot at growing marijuana intended for legal sale, which may … Read more

Virginia dad kills self after toddler son found dead in car, police say

RICHMOND, Va. – The police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old boy who died on Tuesday after being left unattended in a vehicle for several hours. The boy’s father later committed suicide, Chesterfield County police said. “It’s just a tragedy on so many levels,” said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hensley. “Our hearts go out to … Read more

Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China

By ZEN SOO – Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) – When the British handed over their Hong Kong colony to Beijing in 1997, it promised 50 years of autonomy and freedom of assembly, expression and the press that are not allowed on the Chinese mainland. Like the city of 7.4 million people celebrates 25 years … Read more

NY Democrats choose Hochul for governor; GOP picks Zeldin

By MICHELLE L. PRICE – Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – Nine months after stepping down as New York’s governor as relatively unknown, Democrat Kathy Hochul easily locked in her party’s nomination on Tuesday, putting her on an expected slide to win the office in November. Hochul served as lieutenant governor under the radar under … Read more