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GOP to look at potential alternative sites for convention

ASSCOCIATED PRESS RALEIGH, N.C. - Organizers of the Republican National Convention said Tuesday they will begin visiting potential alternative sites after North Carolina's governor told them the COVID-19 pandemic requires them to prepare for a scaled-back event if they want…

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Tuesday 06/02/2020
Trump questions render Trudeau speechless for 21 seconds
icon Posted: 02 June 2020 [06:46 PM]

TORONTO - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canadians are watching what’s unfolding in the United States with “horror and consternation” and he paused for 21 seconds when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump and the use of…

Six Atlanta officers charged after students pulled from car
icon Posted: 02 June 2020 [06:44 PM]

ATLANTA - Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after a dramatic video showed authorities pulling two young people from a car and shooting them with stun guns while they were stuck in traffic caused by protests over George Floyd’s…

GOP senators offer rare rebuke of Trump on church visit
icon Posted: 02 June 2020 [06:41 PM]

WASHINGTON - A handful of GOP senators spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump, criticizing his visit to a church after police removed peaceful demonstrators from a park near the White House. The remarks came even as most Republicans continued…

Monday 06/01/2020
New York City imposes 11 p.m. curfew amid Floyd protests
icon Posted: 01 June 2020 [08:48 PM]

NEW YORK - New York City imposed an 11 p.m. curfew Monday as the nation’s biggest city tried to prevent another night of destruction amid protests over George Floyd’s death. With an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, New York…

With rare candor, employees protest Facebook's Trump policy
icon Posted: 01 June 2020 [08:44 PM]

OAKLAND, Calif. - Facebook employees are using Twitter and Facebook's internal communications tools to register their frustration over CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to leave up posts by President Donald Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot. Twitter flagged…

Monday 05/25/2020
Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [05:40 PM]

BILLINGS, Mont. - Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the cornavirus pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with smaller, more subdued…

Poland's president appoints new head of embattled top court
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [05:39 PM]

WARSAW, Poland - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday appointed a judge backed by the right-wing ruling party to be the new head of the Supreme Court, marking apparent victory in years of government efforts to take control of the…

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [05:37 PM]

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies. The…

UK leader's aide says he won't quit over lockdown road trip
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [05:36 PM]

LONDON - British leader Boris Johnson’s powerful chief aide insisted Monday that he wouldn't resign for driving the length of England while the country was under strict lockdown - a trip he made without informing the prime minister first. The…

Sunday 05/24/2020
Friday 05/22/2020
Virus rebound feared as people head outdoors for Memorial Day Weekend
icon Posted: 22 May 2020 [07:28 PM]

By BEN FINLEY, CARLA K. JOHNSON and MICHAEL BIESECKER Millions of Americans are set to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family gatherings, raising concern among public…

Thursday 05/21/2020
Michigan assess flood damage
icon Posted: 21 May 2020 [07:30 PM]

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - It could be days before the full scope of damage from flooding in Central Michigan that submerged houses, washed out roads and threatened a Superfund site is apparent, authorities warned Thursday, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed…

'Invisible demon': Virus hits top-rated nursing homes
icon Posted: 21 May 2020 [07:29 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - The Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury, where 41 residents have died from the coronavirus, has been cited by regulators for infection control violations and fined three times by the state and federal governments over the last…

Tuesday 05/19/2020
Flynn's lawyers ask appeals court to force dismissal of case
icon Posted: 19 May 2020 [08:09 PM]

ASSOCAITED PRESS WASHINGTON - Lawyers for Michael Flynn are asking a federal appeals court to order the dismissal of the criminal case against the former Trump administration national security adviser. They also want the case reassigned to a different…

Canada, U.S., Mexico extend border restrictions
icon Posted: 19 May 2020 [07:55 PM]

TORONTO - The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel to June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the border is a…

States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data
icon Posted: 19 May 2020 [07:51 PM]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. The risk is that politicians, business…

Monday 05/18/2020
WHO bows to calls from countries for independent virus probe
icon Posted: 18 May 2020 [08:12 PM]

GENEVA - The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to launch an independent probe into how it managed the international response to the coronavirus, which has been clouded by finger-pointing between the U.S.…

Trump says he's taking malaria drug to protect against coronavirus
icon Posted: 18 May 2020 [08:01 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the new coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting…

Sunday 05/17/2020
Friday 05/15/2020
U.S. ramps up vaccine push
icon Posted: 15 May 2020 [07:15 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump vowed to use “every plane, truck and soldier” to distribute COVID-19 vaccines he hopes will be ready by year’s end - even as the country’s top scientists gear up for a master experiment to rapidly…

New York businesses creaking back to life
icon Posted: 15 May 2020 [07:14 PM]

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Shuttered sectors of New York’s economy began inching back to life Friday with more construction, manufacturing and curbside retail pickups allowed in parts of the state that are hours away from pandemic-stricken New York City.…

Thursday 05/14/2020
Whistleblower: U.S. lacks vaccine plan
icon Posted: 14 May 2020 [08:12 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whistleblower Rick Bright warned on Thursday that the U.S. lacks a plan to produce and fairly distribute a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. The nation could face “the darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act…

Republicans hit 'pause' on new virus aid
icon Posted: 14 May 2020 [08:09 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses are going belly up, tens of millions have been laid off and, by some measures, the U.S. seems headed for another Great Depression. But Republicans surveying the wreckage aren’t ready for another round of coronavirus aid,…

Brothers survived Holocaust, but not COVID-19
icon Posted: 14 May 2020 [08:05 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - The brothers didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. As young Polish Jews, each came out of World War II with scars that forever shaped how they viewed the world, and each other. One survived Auschwitz,…

Burr steps aside as intelligence panel chief
icon Posted: 14 May 2020 [08:03 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Richard Burr temporarily stepped aside as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday after the FBI served a search warrant for his cellphone as part of an investigation into a well-timed sale of stocks…

Wisconsin governor warns of 'massive confusion'
icon Posted: 14 May 2020 [07:58 PM]

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Thursday of “massive confusion” after the the state Supreme Court tossed out the Democrat’s stay-at-home order and Republicans said they may leave it up to local governments to enact their own…

Wednesday 05/13/2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks state's stay-home extension
icon Posted: 13 May 2020 [07:40 PM]

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor's stay-at-home order through the end of May, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The 4-3 ruling marks a defeat for Evers as Republican legislators,…

Nation faces 'darkest winter in modern history,' whistleblower says
icon Posted: 13 May 2020 [04:45 PM]

Whistleblower: US could face virus rebound 'darkest winter' By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - America faces the "darkest winter in modern history" unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who…

childrens-illness-stirs-concern Children's illness stirs concern
icon Posted: 13 May 2020 [04:44 PM]

'A pretty scary thing': Kid illness tied to virus worries NY By MARY ESCH Associated Press Amber Dean had recovered from a…

Pelosi: $3 trillion stimulus proposal 'a starting point'
icon Posted: 13 May 2020 [04:43 PM]

AP Interview: Pelosi: Americans 'worth it' on $3T virus aid By LISA MASCARO and PADMANANDA RAMA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the stunning $3 trillion price of tag of Democrats' pandemic relief package Wednesday…

Tuesday 05/12/2020
Biden plans to stay home, testing limits of virtual campaign
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:38 PM]

Joe Biden has no foreseeable plans to resume in-person campaigning amid a pandemic that is testing whether a national presidential election can be won by a candidate communicating almost entirely from home. The virtual campaign Biden is waging from Wilmington,…

Russia opposes any new United States attempts at UN to punish Iran
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:28 PM]

UNITED NATIONS - Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Moscow will oppose any attempts by the United States to extend the arms embargo on Iran and reimpose U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Vassily Nebenzia’s comments at a video news…

Fauci warns: More death, economy damage if United States reopens too fast
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:22 PM]

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert issued a blunt warning Tuesday that cities and states could “turn back the clock” and see more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage alike if they lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders too fast…

Monday 05/11/2020
UN says 7 or 8 'top' candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine exist
icon Posted: 11 May 2020 [08:12 PM]

UNITED NATIONS - The World Health Organization chief said Monday there are around seven or eight “top” candidates for a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus and work on them is being accelerated. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a…

White House recommends tests for all nursing home residents
icon Posted: 11 May 2020 [08:07 PM]

WASHINGTON - With deaths mounting at the nation's nursing homes, the White House strongly recommended to governors Monday that all residents and staff at such facilities be tested for the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Why the government is…

Sunday 05/10/2020
Schumer calls on VA to explain use of unproven drug on vets
icon Posted: 10 May 2020 [08:25 PM]

WASHINGTON - The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk.…

Poland's presidential election to be held within 74 days
icon Posted: 10 May 2020 [08:16 PM]

WARSAW, Poland - Poland's top electoral body gave the speaker of parliament 14 days to set a new date for presidential elections that were to have been held Sunday but were suspended amid debate over how voting could be done…