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A view of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Latest: Trump, US agency allow formal Biden transition

Nov. 23, 2020 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8 p.m. The General Services Administration has formally designated President-elect Joe Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election. The move late Monday allows Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Department of Homeland Security's St. Elizabeths Campus Center Building in Washington.   The head of the obscure federal government agency that is holding up Joe Biden's presidential transition knew well before Election Day she might have a messy situation on her hands well. Prior to Nov. 3, GSA administrator Emily Murphy held a Zoom call with Dave Barram, 77, a man who was in her shoes 20 years earlier during the contested 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Barram said he gave her some simple advice, “If you do the right thing, then all you have to do is live with the consequences of it.’”(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

Nov. 23, 2020 7:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The General Services Administration ascertained Monday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine looks on during a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. On Tuesday DeWine announced a three-week 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. general curfew, with multiple exceptions, meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases stay at near-record high levels. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune via AP)

Ohio governor sees growing criticism from fellow Republicans

Nov. 23, 2020 9:18 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For months, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine steered cleared of second-guessing President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, despite their polar-opposite responses to the pandemic. The governor's reward? A suggestion by the president that another Republican should challenge him in Ohio's 2022...

Students wearing face masks sit spaced apart during a trial run of a class with COVID-19 protocol at the  Nurul Amal Islamic school in Tangerang, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed half million

Nov. 23, 2020 5:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases breached half a million on Monday as the government of the world’s fourth most populous nation scrambled to procure vaccines to help it win the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Indonesia's Health Ministry announced that new...

People make their way at a departure lobby of Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Japan is scaling back on the government-backed “GoTo” campaign to encourage travel and dining out, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a record for the third day straight, Saturday. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan's virus cases hit record for fourth day

Nov. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EST

TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday. Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of the harder hit nations. But fears are growing...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo President-elect Joe Biden attends a national security briefing at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Week offers snapshot of how Trump, Biden approach presidency

Nov. 21, 2020 1:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One spent the week at his home in Delaware carefully trying to build a government and preparing to take on a pandemic. The other largely kept to himself behind closed doors at a mostly empty White House, angrily tweeting and using his office and allies to try to subvert the results of an...

Cashier Druhan Parker, right, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers Cassie Howard, left, and Paris Black at an in Chicago. The accelerating surge of coronavirus cases across the U.S. is causing an existential crisis for America’s retailers and spooking their customers just as the critically important holiday shopping season nears. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Retailers brace as virus bears down on consumers and economy

Nov. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — LaTonya Story is every retailer’s worst fear. With the viral pandemic re-surging through the country and the economy under threat, Story has decided to slash her holiday shopping budget. She'll spend less than $2,000 this season, down from several thousand dollars in 2019. Worried...

President-elect Joe Biden, speaks during a meeting with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden wants Congress to pass virus aid in lame-duck session

Nov. 20, 2020 6:46 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is pushing Congress to approve billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before he takes office, saying in a meeting Friday with the top Democrats in the House and Senate that such a package should be approved during the lame-duck session. Biden...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, right, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testify during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Mnuchin on Friday, Nov. 20 denied that he is trying to limit the choices President-elect Joe Biden will have to promote an economic recovery by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said his decision was based on the fact that the programs were not being heavily utilized and the money could be better used by being re-allocated by Congress to provide support in other areas such as further grants to small businesses and extended unemployment assistance.  (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Mnuchin denies trying to limit Biden's economic options

Nov. 20, 2020 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied on Friday that he is attempting to limit President-elect Joe Biden's options for reviving the pandemic-damaged economy by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve. Mnuchin said the programs were not being heavily...

A general view of Kassala Mountains near the border with Eritrea, eastern Sudan, Nov. 20, 2020. Ethiopia's deadly conflict with its northern Tigray region spilled over the border as several thousand people fled into Sudan, along with soldiers seeking protection, while the Tigray regional leader accused Eritrea of attacking at the request of Ethiopia's federal government. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN prepares for up to 200,000 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan

Nov. 20, 2020 2:23 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says about 32,000 people have fled Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region into neighboring Sudan, and it is preparing for up to 200,000 in the next six months if necessary. Axel Bisschop, the agency’s representative in Sudan, told reporters...