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Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pentagon: US will respond if Russia bounty reports are true

Jul. 9, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans were not corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said they are looking into it and the U.S. will respond if necessary. Defense Secretary Mark Esper...

A member of the Georgia National Guard stands outside the State Capitol on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp mobilized the guard after a surge in gun violence in the city over the weekend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Mayor: No need for troops, despite governor's order

Jul. 7, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized activation of...

Protesters chant outside a Wendy's restaurant on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Atlanta after a funeral for Rayshard Brooks was held. Brooks died after being fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Georgia Gov. authorizes Guard troops after 8-year-old killed

Jul. 7, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor on Monday declared a state of emergency and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops after a weekend of violence in Atlanta left five people dead, including an 8-year-old girl. A statement from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office says troops will provide...

President Donald Trump speaks at Mount Rushmore National Monument Friday, July 3, 2020, in Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes

Jul. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will establish a “National Garden of American Heroes,” which he is describing as “a vast outdoor...

Protesters and journalists gather around a United States flag as it burns outside the White House on a section of 16th Street that has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

The Latest: Columbus statue yanked, tossed into Inner Harbor

Jul. 4, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

The Latest on protests over racial inequality: BALTIMORE — Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city’s Inner Harbor. News outlets reported that demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood on Saturday night....

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

A member of the National Guard stands watch inside the gates as state police guard the street outside, at Las Americas General Hospital in Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities and the epicenter of the country's coronavirus epidemic, will begin a gradual reopening June 1, its mayor said Wednesday, even as daily new infections continued to set records. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

One year later, watchdogs criticize Mexico's National Guard

Jun. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One year after it began operations, Mexico’s National Guard remains at best an enigma lacking in transparency and at worst a clever political cover to keep the country’s military in a leading domestic security role, government watchdogs said Monday. President Andrés...

Contact tracers, from left to right, Christella Uwera, Dishell Freeman and Alejandra Camarillo work at Harris County Public Health contact tracing facility Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a

Tracking coronavirus cases proves difficult amid new surge

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Health departments around the U.S. that are using contact tracers to contain coronavirus outbreaks are scrambling to bolster their ranks amid a surge of cases and resistance to cooperation from those infected or exposed. With too few trained contact tracers to handle soaring caseloads, one...

Arriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B baggage claim area, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Jun. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their...

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Wisconsin governor activates National Guard after violence

Jun. 25, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a state...