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Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

A moderator signals 30-seconds remaining to senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., right, during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. David Lindstrom, left, Susan Wagle, second from left, Kris Kobach, middle, and Bob Hamilton, second from right, share the debate stage. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber's Senate bid surges

May. 23, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't know how he'd go about getting it. The question to Bob...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo Jeff Sessions talks with the media after voting in Alabama's primary election in Mobile, Ala. President Donald Trump's campaign sent a letter demanding his former attorney general Sessions stop tying himself to Trump in campaign materials. The letter by The March 31 letter sent by Michael S. Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. Trump for President, accused Sessions of attempting to misleadingly promote connections to Trump. The Trump campaign reiterated their support for Tommy Tuberville in the GOP runoff. The Sessions camp said Thursday, April 2, 2020, that Alabama voters will decide the race. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Sessions, running for Senate, rejects Trump's criticism

May. 23, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions pushed back at President Donald Trump’s criticism Saturday, telling Trump that he was “damn fortunate” Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. Sessions responded pointedly on Twitter after Trump called Sessions untrustworthy and...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. At a young age, Rep. Omar earned a reputation as a fighter -- a bit of a misfit who saw fighting as a way to survive and earn respect. In her new memoir being released Tuesday, May, 26, 2020. Omar provides details about her life, as she went from a refugee and immigrant to congresswoman for Minnesota. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)

Omar describes life as a fearless fighter in new memoir

May. 23, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks...

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...

A person walks by the water during the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York. As pandemic lockdowns ease across the United States, millions of Americans are set to take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer. But public health officials are concerned that if people congregate in crowds or engage in other risky behaviors, the long weekend could cause the coronavirus to come roaring back. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York eases ban on gatherings

May. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the state’s absolute ban on gatherings of any size Friday, issuing an executive order saying up to 10 people are now allowed to be together as long as they abide by other social distancing guidelines adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Fagan wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

May. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Shemia Fagan, a state senator from Portland, has won the Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state. Fagan beat fellow state Sen. Mark Hass, of Beaverton, in a very tight race. She will face state Sen. Kim Thatcher in the fall. Thatcher, from Keizer, won the GOP primary. The...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. California's unemployment rate nearly tripled in April because of the economic fallout from coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate nearly tripled to 15.5% in April as the nation's most populous state lost more jobs in one month from the coronavirus than it did during the Great Recession a decade ago, state data released Friday showed. Just two months ago, California was...

Tennessee rep: Loud protests near chamber may warrant arrest

May. 22, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Bruce Griffey's hearing is iffy and getting worse with age. Seated in the back of the echo-prone House, the 57-year-old Republican said he struggles to hear proceedings when protests get loud outside the chamber. He said he's had particular trouble hearing over a...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican Senate candidate John James appears at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Battle Creek, Mich.  James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche, but his race against Sen. Gary Peters in a presidential battleground state has gotten dicier. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

May. 21, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it’s become a cliche. The African American combat veteran, business owner and 38-year-old father of three brought down the house at the country's largest gathering of conservatives earlier this year. He...