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Nuns and faithful gather in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Pope Francis has cheerfully greeted people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, as he resumed his practice of speaking to the faithful there for the first time since lockdown began in Italy and at the Vatican in early March. Instead of the tens of thousands of people who might have turned out on a similarly brilliantly sunny day like this Sunday, in pre-pandemic times, perhaps a few hundred came to the square, standing well apart from others or in small family groups. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Latest: Italy records 355 new virus cases, 75 deaths

May. 31, 2020 12:49 PM 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: — Italy registers 355 new cases, 75 more deaths. —...

A monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Va., is covered with graffiti on Sunday, May 31, 2020, after overnight protests over the death of George Floyd. Many of the city’s most prominent Confederate monuments were tagged with similar graffiti. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/ Sarah Rankin)

Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments

May. 31, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities. As tense protests swelled across the country Saturday into Sunday morning, monuments in...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gina Raimondo gives an update on the coronavirus during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they got to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, making it tougher for states and cities to argue that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. “If I knew today that another billion dollars was coming to Rhode Island to help solve our budget deficit, I’d spend the $1.25 billion now,” Raimondo said about the state's portion of money. “Lots of other governors are spending. They’re taking a gamble, and I’m just not ready to do that yet.” (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool, File)

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

May. 31, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, complicating governors' arguments that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. The Associated Press reviewed plans from governors or lawmakers on how...

Bills aimed at easing reentry sent to Louisiana governor

May. 31, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation pitched as easing the ability for people convicted of crimes in Louisiana to search for jobs is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. With a 33-0 vote Friday, senators sent the governor a bill by Republican Sen. Patrick McMath, of Covington, that would require a...

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell stands by a campaign sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Mitchell is a candidate for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year after the 2018 election further diminished their limited ranks in Congress. But so far it appears that any gains this November could be modest.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

May. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in...

Police officers walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020.  After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man, George Floyd . (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Rioting after protest leads to curfews for Seattle, Portland

May. 31, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a 5 p.m. curfew for the entire city Saturday and Washingon Gov. Jay Inslee activated the National Guard after rioters torched police vehicles and spilled onto Interstate 5, forcing the freeway’s temporary closure through the central part of the...

Work shirt became Tuscumbia sailor's family legacy

May. 31, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — Before going off to the Navy in World War II, Tuscumbia native Fred Martin Coburn hung his blue work shirt on a nail at his family’s house. The oldest brother of a large family that included five brothers and two sisters, Coburn never would return to retrieve that shirt....

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM 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: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

Maryland lawmakers form police accountability workgroup

May. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers on Saturday announced a group of legislators to address issues concerning police accountability. The interim workgroup will start meeting this summer and make recommendations for next year’s legislative session. “Policing in America is broken. While...

In this image made from video provided by the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo updates the media on New York's coronavirus response, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in New York. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

Cuomo signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits

May. 30, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus. “You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward,”...