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President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stands during the national anthem with a flyover by the U.S. Navy Blue Angles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Health officials: No outbreak from Trump's Rushmore visit

Jul. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — It doesn't appear the July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks event attended by President Donald Trump turned into a hotbed of infections, either from South Dakotans or out-of-state tourists, South Dakota health officials said Thursday. Most of the people who attended the Mount Rushmore...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi seeing big virus outbreak in state legislature

Jul. 10, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Gov. Kristi Noem greet President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump upon arrival at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Rapid City, S.D. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Jul. 6, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for the...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. President Donald Trump is planning to kick off Independence Day weekend in South Dakota with a show of patriotism _ fireworks popping, fighter jets thundering overhead and revelers crowding beneath a piece of classic Americana _ Mount Rushmore. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Wildfire near Mount Rushmore contained ahead of Trump visit

Jun. 25, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire located near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota has been completely contained, according to Gov. Kristi Noem's office. The fire comes amid preparations for President Donald Trump's visit to the monument for Independence Day celebrations and fireworks next week. The state called...

South Dakota tribe sues feds to keep COVID-19 checkpoints

Jun. 24, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe alleges in a lawsuit that the federal government has been trying to coerce and threaten the tribe ever since South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked for help stopping its COVID-19 checkpoints on state and federal highways. The tribe filed the lawsuit Tuesday...

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in the state's primary election at a polling place, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga. Some voting machines went dark and voters were left standing in long lines in humid weather as the waiting game played out. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

The Latest: Ga. Democratic Senate primary too early to call

Jun. 10, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 primary elections (all times EDT): 1:45 a.m. The Democratic Senate primary in Georgia is too early to call. In Georgia, candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. With more than half of the expected vote counted at 1:30 a.m. EDT, Jon Ossoff...