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Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga, as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield looks on after a meeting on COVID-19 at the CDC Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

At Georgia Senate rally, Trump can help his party or himself

Dec. 5, 2020 12:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump's first political rally since losing his reelection bid is ostensibly to urge support for the Republican incumbents in Georgia's two runoffs that will decide which party controls the Senate at the start of Joe Biden’s administration. But the question remains...

Jed Leiber shows photos of his grandfather Saemy Rosenberg's life at home Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

High court to decide whether Nazi art case stays in US court

Dec. 5, 2020 8:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jed Leiber was an adult before he learned that his family was once part-owner of a collection of centuries-old religious artworks now said to be worth at least $250 million. Over a steak dinner at a New York City restaurant in the 1990s he had asked his mother about his grandfather, a...

FILE- In this July 15, 2020, file photo Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., puts on a face mask as she walks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., right, at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Is Georgia a swing state? Groups spend millions to find out

Dec. 5, 2020 12:33 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs don't take place until Jan. 5. But there are already some clear winners. At the state's most influential television station, Atlanta's WSB, an ad that cost candidates $8,000 in July now goes for about $18,000. In the smaller market of Savannah, ad rates have...

In this image from video, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Two Democratic women are contenders to be President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of agriculture. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are in the running for the Cabinet position. (House Television via AP)

Biden weighs pick for agriculture chief from diverse slate

Dec. 5, 2020 12:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One leading candidate for agriculture secretary hails from Cleveland, has the backing of progressives and has worked for years to boost food stamp programs. Another is a former senator from farm-state North Dakota who has championed production agriculture and boasts of a voting record...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

Dec. 4, 2020 8:07 PM EST

California certified its presidential election Friday and appointed 55 electors pledged to vote for Democrat Joe Biden, officially handing him the Electoral College majority needed to win the White House. Secretary of State Alex Padilla's formal approval of Biden's win in the state brought his tally of pledged...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. China on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 accused critics in the U.S. government of

US ends 5 cultural programs with China in further escalation

Dec. 5, 2020 10:18 AM EST

WASHNGTON (AP) — The departing Trump administration has ended five cultural-exchange programs with China that it says were being used for Chinese propaganda and had no benefit to the United States. The terminations follow new visa restrictions announced by Washington limiting stays in the U.S. by members...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pressure mounts on Biden to make diverse picks for top posts

Dec. 5, 2020 12:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure to expand the racial and ideological diversity in his choices for Cabinet and other top jobs. A month and a half before he takes office, he's drawing rebukes from activists who fear he'll fall short on promises to build an...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden predicts 'bleak future' if Congress doesn't act on aid

Dec. 4, 2020 5:10 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is predicting a “bleak future” if Congress doesn't take speedy action on a coronavirus aid bill amid a nationwide spike in the virus that's hampering the country's economic recovery. He also expressed concern that so far he’s seen...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks about jobs at The Queen theater, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Female lawmakers want Flournoy as defense chief

Dec. 4, 2020 8:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8:05 p.m. More than a half dozen Democratic congresswomen have sent an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden urging him to make Michèle Flournoy the country's first female defense secretary. They say in the letter dated...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. DeVos has extended the moratorium on student loan payments and the accrual of interest until Jan. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

DeVos suspends student federal loan payments through January

Dec. 4, 2020 7:21 PM EST

The Trump administration on Friday suspended all federal student loan payments through the end of January and kept interest rates at 0%, extending a moratorium that started early in the pandemic but was set to expire at the end of this month. By extending payments by one month, the administration is effectively...

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Nickolas Orr of the Idaho National Guard checks in a patient for an outdoor COVID-19 test at Primary Heath Medical Group's clinic in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Troops direct people outside the urgent-care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients as infections and deaths surge in Idaho and nationwide. Some 1,000 people have died due to COVID-19, and infections this week surpassed 100,000. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

The Latest: National Guard helps at Idaho urgent-care clinic

Dec. 5, 2020 12:27 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho — National Guard troops are directing people outside a Boise urgent-care clinic revamped into a facility for coronavirus patients. Health officials say Idaho’s attempt to hold the coronavirus in check is failing as infections and deaths surge. They’ve halted elective surgeries to...

Albertson's Grocery store Produce Manager Jake Sandoval stocks onions at the store located in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Grocery stores are adjusting in the midst of the Covid- 19 outbreak. Photographed on Wednesday April 8, 2020.(Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Policy experts push greater support for New Mexico farmers

Dec. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amid a pandemic that continues to alter global supply chains, food policy advocates met recently to discuss the future of sustainable agriculture in New Mexico, where “food deserts” have long separated hungry children from healthy lives. The virtual conference on...

Keli Paaske stands outside her home in Olathe, Kan. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Paaske was laid off in August from a company supplying fire doors to hospitals after being furloughed for five months and has struggled to find a new job. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A bleak outlook for millions facing cutoff of US jobless aid

Dec. 5, 2020 12:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tina Morton recently faced a choice: Pay bills — or buy a birthday gift for a child? Derrisa Green is falling further behind on rent. Sylvia Soliz has had her electricity cut off. Unemployment has forced aching decisions on millions of Americans and their families in the face of...

$650K for maternal, children services in Maine

Dec. 5, 2020 11:46 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators said the state has received nearly $650,000 in federal funding to help mothers and children. The money is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Maternal and Child Health Services Program. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen....

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, with a sign language interpreter to his left, speaks at his latest briefing on COVID-19, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Edwards fundraises for Democrats in Georgia's Senate races

Dec. 5, 2020 10:33 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards often avoids talk of national politics at home, but the Democrat has waded into the hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Georgia, helping to raise campaign cash for the two Democratic candidates who could flip control of the chamber. The Advocate...

Voter registration deadline is Monday for Jan. 5 runoffs

Dec. 5, 2020 10:26 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Monday is the deadline for new voters to register for Georgia's twin U.S. Senate runoffs. Voters can register or check their registration status at the Georgia Secretary of State's website. Voters can also register at their county elections office on Monday. Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly...

Georgia's Scott to lead U.S. House Agriculture Committee

Dec. 5, 2020 10:24 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep David Scott will become the first Georgian and the first African American to lead the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday ratified the choice of Scott to lead the panel. “I was born on my grandparents’ farm in rural...

Kia recalling 295,000 vehicles due to risk of engine fires

Dec. 5, 2020 10:12 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is recalling nearly 295,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the engines can stall or catch fire. The recall comes just a week after Kia and affiliated Korean automaker Hyundai were fined by the U.S. government for allegedly delaying recalls. The recall covers certain 2012 and 2013 Sorento...

EPA says flood control project not subject to previous veto

Dec. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not object to a revised proposal for a massive flood-control project to pump water from parts of the Mississippi Delta, a regional administrator for the agency says. That's significant because the EPA vetoed the Yazoo Backwater Project in...

Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, on July 22, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

All-GOP Louisiana runoff will settle open US House seat

Dec. 5, 2020 9:50 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A U.S. House seat representing northeast and central Louisiana will remain firmly in Republican hands despite the departure of three-term incumbent Rep. Ralph Abraham, with voters on Saturday choosing between two GOP contenders to take over the seat in Congress. Candidates vying in...