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White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

May. 24, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases. Trump had already banned certain travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom...

Falafel shop employee Javohn Ferguson works to pack a customer's take-out order in a restaurant otherwise closed because of the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced $10 million in grants to small businesses in industries particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. They include restaurants, hair salons, fitness studios and theaters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee: More counties can expedite reopening process

May. 19, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Ten additional counties in Washington can apply to move to the second stage of the state’s economic reopening plan, based on new guidelines announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee that allows larger counties with fewer new coronavirus cases to open some of their businesses sooner....

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, listens to testimony on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Shea, whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed

Lawmaker called 'domestic terrorist' won't seek reelection

May. 15, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” will not seek reelection. The Spokesman-Review reports that Matt Shea did not file a petition of candidacy for his state House seat on Friday, the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020 file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks about the

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 15, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Nancy Pelosi is trying to pass a law called HR6666 which would allow...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's push for opening school clashes with Fauci's caution

May. 14, 2020 5:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on governors across the nation to work to reopen schools that were closed because of the coronavirus, pointedly taking issue with Dr. Anthony Fauci's caution against moving too quickly in sending students back to class. The president accused Fauci of wanting...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump presses for schools to reopen, takes dig at Fauci

May. 13, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on governors across the nation Wednesday to work to reopen schools that were closed because of the coronavirus, pointedly taking issue with Dr. Anthony Fauci's caution against moving too quickly in sending students back to class. The president accused Fauci...

REI Co-op worker Sherry Johnson moves a cart into position for a customer to pick up an online order curbside outside the flagship store Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Seattle. REI began offering the pick-up option to customers Wednesday morning under the state's new coronavirus rules, following a closure of the stores during the outbreak. The Seattle-area openings follow last week's announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee that nonessential retailers can reopen for curbside pickup in the first of the state's four-phase reopening plan. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee orders hiring freeze, agencies prepare for 15 % cuts

May. 13, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Facing a reduction in projected state revenues of billions due to the coronavirus crisis, Gov Jay Inslee on Wednesday issued a directive freezing most hiring and signing of personal services contracts and purchasing of equipment, and the the state's budget office sent a letter to...

The Sligo Creek Golf Course in Silver Spring, Md., is opened Monday, May 11, 2020, as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opened golf courses in the initial stage in easing coronavirus shutdown. As states push for some return to normal business operations, elected officials in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C., are unwilling to quickly reopen, as they confront COVID-19 infection and fatality numbers that are the highest in their states. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Virginia, Maryland suburbs aligned with DC in COVID response

May. 13, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The allure was tempting: Haircuts were to be had, as was the chance to drink a beer at an outdoor bar after governors in Maryland and Virginia agreed to loosen weekslong lockdown restrictions because of the coronavirus. But unlike other areas of the country that are itching to...

Dam operators must now make water temp control plan

May. 13, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology in an historic move has required federal operators of eight dams on in the Columbia-Snake rivers to create a plan to keep the waters cold enough for adult salmon survival. Conservation groups said the “game-changing decision”...

FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, registered nurse Katie Hammond looks up as she talks on the phone in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center, which is part of Seattle-area health care system UW Medicine, in Seattle. UW Medicine, which has played a leading role in responding to the coronavirus outbreak, is now facing a huge financial hole because of the fallout from COVID-19. The Seattle Times reports UW Medicine's losses could be more than $500 million by the end of the summer. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

1,371 contact tracers ready assist health departments

May. 12, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 1,300 people in Washington state have been trained and are ready to work with local health departments to do contact tracing once a case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in a county. At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said that of those already trained, 351...