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Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

Apr. 8, 2020 12:42 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: — Japan PM Abe urges cooperation with state of emergency in...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. gives a thumbs up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, where a deal has been reached on a coronavirus bill. Democrat Amy McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday, April 3, 2020, lambasting the Kentucky Republican for “taking a victory lap against the coronavirus.

Trump seeks $250 billion for payrolls in virus aid showdown

Apr. 7, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress races to craft the next coronavirus rescue package, President Donald Trump's sudden request Tuesday to pump $250 billion more into a just-launched small businesses payroll program sets up a new showdown over aid. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said more money is needed for...

FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2011 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic at Coney Island in Cincinnati. Brown, Ohio's most prominent Democrat, endorsed Biden for president on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, with his state's extended primary three weeks away. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Prominent Ohio Democrat Brown endorses Biden for president

Apr. 7, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s most prominent Democrat on Tuesday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president, with his state’s extended primary three weeks away. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement that Biden fights for Americans who are working hard but struggling to achieve...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump removes watchdog tapped for $2T virus rescue oversight

Apr. 7, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general tapped to chair a special oversight board for the $2.2 trillion economic relief package on the coronavirus, the latest in a series of steps Trump has taken to confront government watchdogs tasked with oversight of the executive...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell flexed his fundraising strength in the midst of a global pandemic, raising nearly $7.5 million in the first three months of 2020, his campaign said Tuesday, April 7. The first-quarter haul was the Kentucky Republican's best three-month fundraising performance since entering the Senate in the mid-1980s. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Kentucky race

Apr. 7, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath raised substantially more campaign cash than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the first three months of 2020, showing her staying power against the Republican lawmaker in setting a blistering fundraising pace in Kentucky. Hours after McConnell's campaign...

President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mnuchin: additional $250 billion sought for small businesses

Apr. 7, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will seek an additional $250 billion to support a program designed to help small businesses keep workers employed through the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin said in a tweet on Tuesday that he was seeking the additional funds...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul said Tuesday, April 7, 2020, that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown. The Republican lawmaker tested positive for the virus in March, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

Apr. 7, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown. The Republican lawmaker tested positive for the virus in March, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate. “I appreciate all...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., talks before signing the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, at the Capitol in Washington. Civil rights icon Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told reporters ahead of the campaign's Tuesday, April 7, 2020 announcement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president

Apr. 7, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. President Donald Trump and Pelosi have not spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

Apr. 7, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are jolting ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump indicated that Americans will need more aid during the stark pandemic and economic shutdown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, arrives at the Capitol in Washington for closed-door questioning about a whistleblower complaint that triggered President Donald Trump's impeachment. Trump has fired Atkinson. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday, April 3, 2020, of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Intelligence official 'disappointed' after ouster by Trump

Apr. 6, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted inspector general of the intelligence community says he is “disappointed and saddened” that President Donald Trump fired him, but he also encouraged other inspectors general to continue to speak out when they are aware of wrongdoing. Trump notified Congress late...