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Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Governor moves deadline to count mail-in ballots amid unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid protests over George Floyd’s death across Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered Philadelphia and five other counties to keep counting ballots in the primary election that arrive by mail for seven days after Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline. Wolf, a Democrat, made the...

President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post as he speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Twitter and Trump: A feud years in the making finally erupts

May. 29, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

On one side of this fraught moment: the president of the United States, facing multiple crises less than six months before the election. On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has grappled for years with how to handle its most prominent — and divisive — user. Caught in the middle:...

Justice Department backs Colorado church suit against Polis

May. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said Friday the department supports a Colorado church's claim that state measures to combat the coronavirus discriminate against houses of worship and violate First Amendment rights to religious freedoms. Eric S. Dreiband said in...

President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post as speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

May. 28, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Announced with fanfare, the president's action yet appeared to...

Beshear makes appointments to executive ethics commission

May. 28, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear is reorganizing a state commission that promotes ethical conduct by elected officials in the executive branch. Beshear said Wednesday he wanted to “restore the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to what it should be.” Beshear, a Democrat, made three...

FILE - In this Monday, May 18, 2020 file photo, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, holds a copy of the Constitution while speaking during the

Republican senators: Governor lied about husband's boat call

May. 27, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader said Wednesday that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer “lied” and engaged in a “cover-up” by requesting the removal of a social media post about her husband's attempt to get his boat in the water during the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, part of the Orlando area in Fla. Officials from SeaWorld and Disney World say they hope to open their theme parks in Orlando, Fla., in June and July. A city task force approved the plans on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

May. 27, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, under plans approved Wednesday by a city task force. The proposals will now be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval....

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face mask at the start of an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the State's effort to limit the impact of the disease on residents, during a news conference at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday May 27, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico governor slammed for buying jewelry amid closures

May. 27, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is facing criticism for a jewelry purchase from a store in Albuquerque after she ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. The governor’s office said the transaction was done remotely and didn’t violate the order. But...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Republicans and sheriffs are asking U.S. Attorney General William Barr to look into Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's health orders aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. They allege the order, which has closed several small businesses, violates residents' civil rights. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

New Mexico governor halts plans to reopen drive-in theater

May. 25, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has blocked the reopening of a popular northern New Mexico drive-in movie theater despite city officials believing they had the OK. The governor’s office halted a plan on May 14 to reopen the Fort Union Drive-In Movie Theater in Las Vegas, amid the...

A photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows Trooper George Baker, 33, who died Sunday, May 24, 2020, days after he was struck by another law enforcement vehicle as he aided in a pursuit of two suspects. (Louisiana State Police via AP)

Trooper dies of injuries suffered in on-duty death

May. 24, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana state trooper injured last week during a vehicle pursuit died Sunday morning, state police and the governor's office said. Trooper George Baker, 33, was assisting the Hammond Police Department with the pursuit around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday. State police said Baker and another...