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FILE - In this March 23, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump moves from the podium to allow Attorney General William Barr to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room in Washington. The relationship between President Donald Trump and top ally Attorney General William Barr is fraying over the lack of splashy indictments so far in the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, according to people familiar with the matter. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump ups pressure on Barr to probe Bidens as election nears

Oct. 21, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to immediately launch an investigation into unverified claims about Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon its historic...

This booking photo released by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows Meredith Dowty, who was charged Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with three counts of criminal threat. Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening to kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple because of his role in the passage of a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man charged with threatening Wichita mayor over mask mandate

Oct. 20, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors say threatened to kidnap and kill Wichita's mayor because he was upset with the city's mask ordinance was charged Tuesday with three counts of criminal threat. Meredith Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening...

U-Michigan students told to hunker down for 2 weeks

Oct. 20, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Students at the University of Michigan were ordered Tuesday to stay in place for two weeks after a surge of coronavirus cases driven by social gatherings on and off campus. The surge is “overwhelming the ability” of local health officials to confront the pandemic, Washtenaw...

In this photo released by the Columbia County (Wisconsin) Sheriffs Department, Brian Higgins is shown. Higgins, a 51-year-old man charged in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was released Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, from a Wisconsin jail after posting $10,000 cash bail. Authorities allege Higgins, of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., was part of a crew conducting surveillance for the kidnapping plot. Higgins was the eighth person charged in the plot. (Columbia County Sheriffs Department via AP)

Man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot released on bail

Oct. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Wisconsin man charged in a plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 cash bail. Columbia County District Attorney Brenda Yaskal requested a $1 million bail for Brian Higgins, but Judge Todd Hepler set the lower...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020 file photo, an Owosso police officer asks to talk with Karl Manke outside before ticketing Karl for being open at Karl's barbershop in Owosso, Mich. Misdemeanor charges are being dropped against Manke who defied Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and reopened his shop last spring during the coronavirus pandemic, a lawyer said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (Nick King/Lansing State Journal via AP File)/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Charges dropped against Michigan barber who reopened shop

Oct. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — Misdemeanor charges are being dropped against a Michigan barber who defied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and reopened his shop last spring during the coronavirus pandemic, a lawyer said Monday. The case against Karl Manke of Owosso fizzled after the Michigan Supreme Court on Oct. 2 said...

Lori Goldman canvasses in Troy, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. For most of her life, until 2016, Goldman had been politically apathetic. Had you offered her $1 million, she says, she could not have described the branches of government in any depth. She voted, sometimes. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

'Our house is on fire': Suburban women lead charge vs. Trump

Oct. 19, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

TROY, Mich. (AP) — She walks with the determination of a person who believes the very fate of democracy might depend on the next door she knocks on, head down, shoulders forward. She wears nothing fussy, the battle fatigues of her troupe: yoga pants and sneakers. She left her Lincoln Aviator idling in the...

Editorial Roundup:

Oct. 19, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Fort Dodge Messenger. October 15, 2020 Violent extremism is not the American way Those who cross that line deserve their punishment If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of...

Editorial Roundup:

Oct. 19, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. October 16, 2020 Michigan Secretary of State Benson can’t write state gun laws Michigan’s top elected officials have serious problems staying in their lanes. The state Supreme Court had to rebuke Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for setting aside the Legislature to take unilateral control of...

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks at Beech Woods Recreation Center, in Southfield, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Michigan governor pushes back against Trump rally chants

Oct. 18, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that President Donald Trump is inciting “domestic terrorism” following “lock her up” chants at his rally in the state the night before. Whitmer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the rhetoric is...