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  • AP-NORC poll: Widespread support for virus relief package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that positive views of the nation’s economy are down dramatically just since January, with 60% of Americans now saying the economy is “poor” after 67% called it “good” in January. The poll also finds wide support for several measures […]
  • Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

    DUBAI (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will dramatically cut production and end an oil war that sent energy prices to record lows. But the Kremlin disputed part of his tweet, leading to skepticism that a deal was imminent. A global glut in production, coupled with an […]
  • Billions in virus aid aim to shelter, test the homeless

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is distributing about $3 billion in the first round of coronavirus aid to help the homeless find emergency shelter and communities expand testing and treatment. Advocacy groups say the homeless population is particularly at risk during the pandemic. Many already have health problems such as heart […]
  • Battling exhaustion and trolls, Fauci says he’s OK

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, owns up to doing some not-so-smart things as he helps lead the White House effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Things like forgetting to eat and not getting enough sleep. The blunt-speaking Fauci also has had to contend with a […]
  • Trump’s contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has held an unequivocal position about China and the coronavirus — several of them. Trump initially praised China, then excoriated Beijing after it made unsubstantiated claims that the virus originated in the United States. Now, Trump is back to offering niceties. The diverging messages have generated finger-pointing by both […]
  • Record jobless claims but Dems, GOP divide over rescue bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh data on Thursday that detailed a record avalanche of unemployment claims offered no signs of easing the rift between Democrats and Republicans over the need for new legislation financing infrastructure and other job-creation programs. With the coronavirus barreling across the country and sending the economy into a deep freeze, the report […]
  • More US government support sought for Americans held abroad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them, though they cite improvements over the past five years. Several of those interviewed for the report issued Thursday say they do not believe […]
  • Trump considers limits on domestic travel to virus hot spots

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is weighing grounding domestic flights between coronavirus hot spots as he ramps up efforts to try to contain the pandemic’s spread. “We’re thinking about doing that,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing, a day after he warned the nation to brace for a […]
  • Trump warns Iran against attacking US troops in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Tehran should expect a bold U.S. response if Iran or Iranian-backed groups attack American forces or assets in Iraq. U.S.-Iran tensions soared following the Jan. 3 Washington-directed strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani outside Baghdad airport. Trump said at an evening White House briefing that […]
  • Georgia Sen. Loeffler gets renewed scrutiny over stock moves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The husband of Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler recently acquired as much as $415,000 in stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that manufactures protective equipment in exceedingly high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The transaction, detailed in a mandatory disclosure the Republican filed late Tuesday, comes as senators in both […]
  • Democrats proposing commission to study US pandemic response

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are drafting legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to study the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, modeled on one that examined the 9/11 attacks. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, […]
  • Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

    Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House. The party had hoped that a mid-July convention would give them more time to rally behind a nominee and unify against President Donald Trump. But concerns […]
  • Apply here: How to spend $2.2 trillion — and rescue economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump aims to shovel $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy over the next few weeks to try to cushion its free fall. But that means putting his fate in the hands of banks, profit-minded businesses and government bureaucrats he has frequently derided, along with a man who has emerged as […]
  • Federal inmates to be locked in cells for 14 days amid virus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is locking all its 146,000 inmates in their cells for the next two weeks in an unparalleled effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as the focus shifts to a Louisiana compound, where three inmates have died and nearly 20 others remain hospitalized. The compound, known […]
  • Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said as they struggle to quarantine crew members in the face of an outbreak. So far, fewer than 100 of the nearly 5,000 sailors assigned to the USS Theodore […]
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