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FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender, hiring three lobbying firms and paying them a total of $140,000, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

AP Exclusive: Power Five spend big on lobbying Congress

May. 19, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was...

'We want to go home': Moroccans stranded by virus seek help

May. 11, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans stranded abroad since their country abruptly grounded flights due to the coronavirus two months ago were holding protests in multiple countries Monday to beg their government to let them back home. While many countries closed their borders to foreigners as the virus pandemic...

FILE -- In this photo taken on Monday, April 27, 2020, a woman wearing a sanitary mask to protect against COVID-19 holds her daughter as she walks past a building in Castel Volturno, near Naples, Southern Italy. They are known as “the invisibles,” the undocumented African migrants who, even before the coronavirus outbreak plunged Italy into crisis, barely scraped by as day laborers, prostitutes and seasonal farm hands. Pope Francis is calling for migrant farm workers to be treated with dignity, issuing an appeal as Italy weighs whether to legalize undocumented agricultural workers amid a shortage of seasonal farm labor due to the coronavirus emergency. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope backs migrant farm workers as Italy mulls legalization

May. 6, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrant farm workers must be treated with dignity, Pope Francis said Wednesday, issuing his appeal as Italy weighs whether to legalize the workers amid a shortage of seasonal farmhands due to the coronavirus crisis. Farm lobby groups and some Italian lawmakers and ministers have warned that the...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Hawaii state Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaii. An Associated Press analysis shows that some of the least-populated states, such as Hawaii, with relatively few coronavirus cases received an out-sized proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address virus-related expenses. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

May. 5, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are not epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet these four states scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid, while the two hardest-hit states, New York and New Jersey, got comparatively little given the vast numbers of cases and deaths they have...

Daniel Hsu, a Chinese American, poses for a portrait near the apartment he has been renting in Shanghai, China on Monday, April 13, 2020. He has been kept from leaving China by an exit ban issued by the Chinese authorities in hopes of pressuring his father to return to China to face criminal charges. (AP Photo)

'No remedy, no rights': China blocks foreigners from leaving

May. 5, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Mandy Luo was supposed to get on a plane back to Seattle with her mother and finish high school like everyone else. But at the airport in Shanghai, a security officer told Luo’s mother, Jodie Chen, that she could not leave China. Neither could her stepfather, a U.S. citizen named...

The remaining residents are evacuated from Freedom Square of Seminole, Friday, April 17, 2020. in Seminole, Fla. Three nursing home residents have died of the coronavirus in an outbreak that has afflicted Freedom Square of Seminole, a sprawling retirement community that has seen dozens of residents hospitalized because of the virus, officials said. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The Latest: South Korea virus cases maintain downward trend

Apr. 17, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Trump hoping to resume campaign rallies without social...

Giuliani associates' trial delayed until 2021

Apr. 15, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A trial for two associates of Rudy Giuliani charged with using foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions to U.S. politicians to influence policy was postponed Wednesday to February 2021. The men — Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — pleaded not guilty after their October...

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Coronavirus pandemic breeds Washington lobbying boom

Apr. 7, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has gut-punched global markets, put 6.6 million Americans out of work and raised the likelihood of a recession. But in the Washington lobbying world, business is booming. Companies, interest groups and entire industries are seeking help from lobbyists as they...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., right, holds up the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after Pelosi signed it on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. The $2.2 trillion package will head to head to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi sees infrastructure package similar to Trump $2T plan

Apr. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats want to enact a massive infrastructure package upgrading the nation's broadband, road and water systems, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, in the next installment of Congress' effort to help the country weather the destructive blows inflicted by the coronavirus...