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Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers reporters' questions about her veto of a sweeping coronavirus bill that would have curbed her power to direct the state's pandemic response during a news conference, Tuesday, May6 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor issued a new state of emergency and called the Republican-controlled Legislature into special session to extend that state of emergency. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor vetoes limits on her power but loosens rules

May. 26, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping Republican coronavirus measure that would have limited her power to direct the state's pandemic response but then ceded to local officials the authority to keep restrictions on businesses. Gov. Laura Kelly not only killed a bill...

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes GOP bill that would have limited her emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic

May. 26, 2020 4:43 PM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes GOP bill that would have limited her emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, left, confers with Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, ahead of a Senate committee meeting on the governor's power in a pandemic, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Wagle and other GOP lawmakers are looking to curb the governor's power in emergencies and have asked for advice from Schmidt, also a Republican, on how to proceed. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Battle over how quickly Kansas reopens increasingly bitter

May. 19, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A battle in Kansas between the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature over reopening the economy has grown increasingly bitter, clouded by election year politics present and past. Gov. Laura Kelly has joined Democratic colleagues in other states including Michigan,...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., a candidate for the U.S. Senate, awaits the start of a debate in Olathe, Marshall's critics on the political right are working to hobble the western Kansas congressman's bid for the U.S. Senate in the final three months of a primary campaign as he fights to overcome conservative immigration hardliner Kris Kobach in a crowded field. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Marshall struggles to unite GOP establishment in Kansas race

May. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Roger Marshall represents western Kansas in a congressional district rich in GOP votes and donors that has given the state four U.S. senators over the past 50 years. He's armed with top-notch endorsements and the equivalent of gold in a GOP Senate primary: a clip of President Donald...

Anderson High School senior Teyaja Jones, right, poses in her cap and gown and a bandana face cover, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Texas' stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have expired and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has eased restrictions on many businesses that have now opened, but school buildings remain closed. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

US infection rate rising outside New York as states open up

May. 5, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

Take the New York metropolitan area’s progress against the coronavirus out of the equation and the numbers show the rest of the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction, with the known infection rate rising even as states move to lift their lockdowns, an Associated Press analysis found Tuesday. New confirmed...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in Wilmington, Del.  Biden overwhelmingly won a Democratic presidential primary in Kansas conducted exclusively by mail balloting by the state party because of the coronavirus pandemic. He had been expected to prevail in the vote Saturday, May 2 and capture a majority of the state’s delegates to the Democrats’ national nominating commission. Biden took 77% of the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden wins Kansas primary conducted with all-mail balloting

May. 3, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Joe Biden has overwhelmingly won a Democratic presidential primary in Kansas that the state party conducted exclusively by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president had been expected to prevail in Saturday's vote and capture a majority of the state’s...

Joe Biden wins Democratic primary in Kansas conducted exclusively by mail ballot

May. 3, 2020 9:41 AM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Joe Biden wins Democratic primary in Kansas conducted exclusively by mail ballot.
In this Wednesday, April 29, 2020 photo selfie provided by Dr. Beth Oller, Oller, a family physician, smiles while standing outside her medical clinic, just south of Main Street in Stockton, Kan. Oller began preaching social distancing well before her home of Rooks County confirmed its first coronavirus case and now she's nervous about the state reopening its economy too soon. (Dr. Beth Oller via AP)

With rural Kansas close to reopening, doctor remains nervous

Apr. 30, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dr. Beth Oller would like Kansas to remain under a stay-at-home order a while longer, even as some neighbors in her rural northwest county are restless to see business return to normal. Oller and her husband are family physicians in their late 30s in Stockton, a town of 1,300 people...

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic, during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly faces a federal lawsuit filed by two churches and their pastors over an order she issued limiting religious gatherings to 10 or fewer congregation members. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Judge doubts Kansas COVID-19 rule, blocks it for 2 churches

Apr. 19, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge signaled that he believes there's a good chance that Kansas is violating religious freedom and free speech rights with a coronavirus-inspired 10-person limit on in-person attendance at religious services or activities and he blocked its enforcement against two churches...