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President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Aug. 10, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the...

FILE - This Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md.  New York’s attorney general is suing the National Rifle Association, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for personal benefit. The lawsuit filed Thursday, Aug. 6,  by Attorney General Letitia James followed an 18-month investigation into the NRA, which is a nonprofit group originally chartered in New York.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

Aug. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in a Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes the reins of the group representing the nation’s governors, which has played a pivotal role in communicating with the Trump administration about state needs during the coronavirus pandemic. As head of the bipartisan National Governors Association, Cuomo will have to walk a fine line between his naturally combative style with the White House and a deferential approach favored by Republicans. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo takes over governors group as virus batters states

Aug. 5, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor who in large measure has defined states' up-and-down fight against the coronavirus, including occasional combat with the White House, is poised to widen his national spotlight. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins of the National Governors Association on Wednesday...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 31, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and a member of the White House...

Arkansas to fund statue of Black woman civil rights leader

Jul. 29, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials plan to use a state grant to help fund the construction of a statue of civil rights leader Daisy Bates in the U.S. Capitol, instead of using that money for an easement at the site of a Confederate statue in downtown Little Rock. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr....

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Some US police resist enforcing coronavirus mask mandates

Jul. 26, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lang Holland, the chief of police in tiny Marshall, Arkansas, said he thinks the threat of the coronavirus has been overstated and only wears a face mask if he's inside a business that requires them. He doesn't make his officers wear them either. So the day after Republican Gov....

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 18, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — Govs. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., and Jared Polis, D-Colo.; Reps. Karen Bass, D-Calif., Val Demings, D-Fla., and Donna Shalala, D-Fla. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Polis; Rep. James Clyburn,...

Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor released from hospital

Jul. 17, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and Gov. David Pryor has been released from the hospital after being treated for the illness caused by the coronavirus, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday. Pryor, who is 85 and a stroke and heart attack survivor, was admitted last weekend to the University...

The Latest: Arizona extends pandemic moratorium on evictions

Jul. 16, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona renters dreading the expiration of a coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions will get a reprieve. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the ban on evictions would be extended until Oct. 31. Arizona’s 120-day order had been due to end July 22. It was supposed to ensure people...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas to require face masks to combat coronavirus surge

Jul. 16, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an order Thursday requiring people to wear face masks in public throughout the state, which has had a surge in coronavirus cases over the past several weeks. The Republican governor had resisted a statewide mask mandate and opposed issuing a...