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Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

Democratic Senate challenger Gideon outraises Collins again

Jul. 3, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised more money between April and June 24 than the incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins for the second quarter in a row. Gideon, who is speaker of the House in Maine, brought in $8 million, while Collins' re-election campaign...

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Curfews, closures as COVID-19 burdens Florida hospitals

Jul. 3, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's most populous county instituted an overnight curfew, and beaches and businesses began closing down again as the state's number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations soared, threatening a further spread during the festive Fourth of July weekend. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump participates in a briefing about Hurricane Dorian with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, left, aboard Air Force One at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C. President Trump endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on Thursday night, July 2, 2020, in a move to unseat Democratic Gov. Cooper. Meanwhile, Cooper expressed support for Trump's competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump backs Dan Forest in North Carolina governor's race

Jul. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed the Republican who is aiming to deny Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper another term. Trump said via Twitter late Thursday that he was supporting Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to unseat Cooper in the November election. Trump blames Cooper for scuttling the Republican...

Field set in fight to succeed Rep. Peter King in Congress

Jul. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The field is now set in the battle to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Peter King in Congress. State Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino has won the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional district on Long Island, defeating fellow Assemblyman Mike LiPetri. In the district’s Democratic...

Judge: Former speaker, felon can lobby despite convictions

Jul. 3, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former House Speaker and felon Salvatore F. DiMasi won a court ruling allowing him to lobby the state legislature and executive branch, despite his prior convictions. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Robert B. Gordon found that the state statute prohibiting people convicted of certain state...

First Mississippi lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Clarion Ledger reported Friday. Democratic Rep. Bo Brown of Jackson told the Ledger on Thursday that he had received a positive test result for COVID-19, a day after legislators left the Mississippi Capitol. Brown,...

President of the Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico, left, and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte leave after listening to ISTAT's (Italian National Institute of Statistics) annual report, in Rome, Friday, July 3, 2020. One of Italy’s highest institutional leaders has slammed Egypt’s stance in a probe to bring to justice the torturers and killers of an Italian doctoral student in Cairo. Roberto Fico, president of the Parliament’s lower Chamber of Deputies, told Italian state TV on Friday that lack of satisfactory cooperation from Egyptian prosecutors amounted to a ‘’punch in the face″ of Italy.  (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Italy slams Egypt's stance on killing as 'punch in the face'

Jul. 3, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The president of the lower house of Italy's Parliament has slammed Egypt’s stance in a probe to bring to justice the torturers and killers of an Italian doctoral student who disappeared in Cairo while researching labor movements in Egyt. Chamber of Deputies President Roberto Fico told...

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Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Selma

Jul. 3, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. Just 25 years later, the bridge became a global landmark when civil rights marchers were beaten at its base. Today,...

Wolf's mask order inflames partisan fight over virus

Jul. 3, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's more expansive mask order issued this week as the coronavirus shows new signs of life in Pennsylvania and the July Fourth holiday starts has been met with hostility from Republicans objecting to the Democrat's use of power or even to wearing a mask itself. It is one...