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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery speaks at an event in Atlanta announcing state lawmakers from around the county have formed an alliance they say will combat restrictive voting laws, Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, a family statement said. He was 98. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98

Mar. 28, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America. For more than four decades after the death...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama presents a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery n the East Room of the the White House in Washington. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, a family statement said. He was 98. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Civil rights leader, MLK aide Joseph Lowery dies at 98

Mar. 28, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, a family statement said. He was 98. A charismatic and fiery preacher, Lowery led the...

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, looks at a document while answering questions from constituents in a virtual town hall about the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. Robo calls to homes around the district encouraged over 1,200 people to join the call to discuss the government's response to COVID-19. Escobar has closed her office to the public and moved all meetings to

The new town hall: Anxiety, fear and few satisfying answers

Mar. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Michigan woman recounted for her congressman how she and her feverish 82-year-old husband were sent away from an almost empty emergency room after a fruitless, dayslong effort to get him tested for COVID-19. “Where are the sick people going?” she wanted to know. In Iowa, a...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence is at right. When President Donald Trump speaks, financial markets gyrate and quiver in real time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)

Trump keeps talking during market hours; stocks keep tanking

Mar. 21, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks, financial markets gyrate and quiver in real time. But that hasn't stopped the president from holding forth almost daily about the coronavirus pandemic and its economic implications without waiting until markets have closed for the day. While many of...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks during a ceremony in New York. Cuomo announced Tuesday, March 10, 2020, he is sending the National Guard into the New York City suburb, New Rochelle, to help fight what is believed to be the nation's biggest cluster of coronavirus cases, one of the most dramatic actions yet to control the outbreak in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo emerges as Democratic counter to Trump virus response

Mar. 20, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before President Donald Trump stepped into the White House briefing room to provide an update on the coronavirus, an opening act was broadcast across cable news of another chief executive calmly reciting statistics and safety tips. For the second straight day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's...

In this March 9, 2020, photo Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington about the coronavirus outbreak. Standing behind Adams are Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, from left, Vice President Mike Pence and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Surgeon general's TV praise of Trump earns his 'star' label

Mar. 19, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general caught the eye of Donald Trump in a tried-and-true way: praising the 45th president on television. At a recent briefing with his coronavirus task force standing behind him, Trump turned to Dr. Jerome Adams and declared the previously low-profile 20th surgeon...

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks, with Vice President Mike Pence behind him, during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP Explains: What exactly is the Defense Production Act?

Mar. 18, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked a Korean War-era law as part of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, aiming to boost private industry production of supplies needed for the health crisis. The Defense Production Act of 1950 was signed by President Harry S. Truman amid...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Lyle Waggoner arrives at the

Lyle Waggoner, foil on 'The Carol Burnett Show,' dies at 84

Mar. 17, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lyle Waggoner, who used his good looks to comic effect on "The Carol Burnett Show," partnered with a superhero on "Wonder Woman" and was the first centerfold for Playgirl magazine, died Tuesday. He was 84. Waggoner, who was battling cancer, died peacefully Tuesday at his Los Angeles-area...

President Donald Trump assists Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with the microphone as he speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A look at President Trump's national emergency declaration

Mar. 13, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he would declare a national emergency in response to the spread of the new coronavirus. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? The declaration begins the process under which state and tribal governments can get access to federal dollars as they respond to the...

Voters work on their ballots in the kiosks in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Mississippi is one of several states holding presidential party primaries today. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

AP news guide: Mississippi reps win; Espy to face Hyde-Smith

Mar. 10, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi held party primaries Tuesday to choose nominees for a U.S. Senate seat and four congressional seats: U.S. SENATE Mike Espy won the Democratic nomination, easily defeating two challengers. He will face Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards...