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President Donald Trump walks to his car after arrive in Southampton, N.Y., on Marine One, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Trump is attending two fundraisers during his visit to the Hamptons. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States on hook for billions under Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on. Trump announced an...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

Aug. 9, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope

Aug. 9, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass. Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats...

St. Francis Xavier School students and their families walk together in Newark, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after discussing the Catholic school's permanent closure announced the previous week by the Archdiocese of Newark. Nationwide, more than 140 Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

Aug. 9, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this...

Republican congressional candidate John Cowan greets supporters Tueaday, June 9, 2020 in Rome, Georgia at an election night party. Cowan is in an Aug. 11 runoff for the Republican nomination in northwest Georgia's 14th Congressional District against Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has come under fire for remarks she made in videos she recorded. (Jeremy Stewart/Rome News-Tribune via AP)

Controversy puts spotlight on Georgia congressional runoff

Aug. 9, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Marjorie Taylor Greene is running for Congress - and is unrepentant about her racist rhetoric and support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. With the runoff for the Republican nomination in the conservative district approaching, some voters seem unaware of Greene's controversial views, or...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election

Aug. 9, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall. The success of the 2020 presidential election could hinge on a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service. Current signs...

FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is favored to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the primary election. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who decided not to run for reelection so she could focus on her presidential campaign, which was ultimately unsuccessful.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Gabbard's seat

Aug. 9, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow Democrat....

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 8, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Panel picks Fallon to run in Ratcliffe’s former district

Aug. 8, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator was chosen Saturday as the GOP nominee for John Ratcliffe’s former seat in Congress that he vacated to become President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence. GOP activists in the rural and heavily Republican 4th Congressional...