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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, The White House is seen from the Ellipse in Washington. Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped their clients secure over $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid. Among them are five former administration officials whose lobbying work potentially violates an ethics order Trump issued after taking office.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid

Jul. 6, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report. The lobbyists identified Monday by...

FILE - This Feb. 2, 2012 file photo shows former lobbyist Jack Abramoff speaking in Washington. U.S. officials say Abramoff, a once-powerful lobbyist who spent time in federal prison for fraud and corruption, has been charged in a San Francisco court in an investor fraud case involving cryptocurrency and lobbying disclosure. U.S. Attorney David Anderson said Thursday, June 25, 2020, Abramoff of Silver Spring, Maryland, has agreed to plead guilty to criminal conspiracy charges and could face up to five years in jail. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Lobbyist Abramoff charged in cryptocurrency fraud case

Jun. 25, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jack Abramoff, a once-powerful lobbyist who spent time in federal prison for fraud and corruption, has been charged in a San Francisco court in an investor fraud case involving cryptocurrency and lobbying disclosure, federal authorities announced Thursday. U.S. Attorney David Anderson...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO ISIAC NOT ISAAC General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi president Rev. Isiac Jackson calls for a change in the Mississippi state flag, Thursday, June 25, 2020, during a news conference at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. A large number of Black pastors lobbied their legislators, calling on them to strike the current flag. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Lobbying grows against Mississippi's rebel-themed flag

Jun. 25, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — University coaches and Christian ministers filled the Mississippi Capitol on Thursday, urging legislators to seize the moment and remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag while Americans are reckoning with difficult discussions about race and history. “It...

Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson, right, watches as Architect of the Capitol workers remove a portrait of James Orr of South Carolina that was hanging in the Speakers Lobby on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

Portraits of former Confederate leaders removed from Capitol

Jun. 18, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Portraits honoring four former House speakers who served in the Confederacy were removed Thursday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the men "embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.″ Pelosi directed the House clerk to oversee the immediate removal...

A woman wearing a protective mask to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus crosses a flooded street during a brief downpour on Monday, June 15, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: New Zealand is no longer coronavirus-free

Jun. 16, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand —- New Zealand is no longer free from the new coronavirus after health officials say two women who flew from London to see a dying parent had tested positive. But before they were tested, the women had been given an exemption to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds and had...

Lead prosecutor Maria Cristina Rota talks with reporters as the leaves Palazzo Chigi premier’s office, in Rome, Friday, June 12, 2020. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte was being questioned by prosecutors investigating the lack of a coronavirus lockdown of two towns in Lombardy’s Bergamo province that turned into one of the hardest-hit areas of the country's outbreak. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Prosecutors question Italy's Conte over slow virus lockdowns

Jun. 12, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Prosecutors questioned Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday about the lack of a coronavirus lockdown on two towns in northern Italy’s Lombardy region that became one of the hardest-hit areas of the country’s outbreak. Doctors and virologists have said the two-week delay in...

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...