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Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

May. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. The Environmental Protection Agency has weakened regulations dealing with fuel...

FILE - This May 2018 file photo ,shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass. Nearly 70 residents have died from the coronavirus at the central Massachusetts home for aging veterans, as state and federal officials try to figure out what went wrong in the deadliest outbreak at a long-term care facility in the U.S. (Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP, File)

Oversight of veterans homes to be probed after virus deaths

May. 14, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

A congressional watchdog agency has agreed to investigate the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of homes for aging veterans following a surge of coronavirus deaths at the state-run facilities. The Government Accountability Office said in a letter Thursday that it will conduct a review into the...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo a Frontier Airlines jetliner taxis to a runway for take off from Denver International Airport in Denver. There are thousands of airline customers who have canceled bookings because of the coronavirus epidemic and haven't gotten their money back. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and four other Senate Democrats proposed legislation on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 that would require airlines to give full cash refunds to passengers during the pandemic, even if it was the customer who canceled. Frontier has offered only a travel credit instead of a full refund. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Consumers, lawmakers rip airlines for withholding refunds

May. 13, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

When her Las Vegas hotel shut down and returned her money, and both Nevada and her home state of Ohio issued stay-home orders, Helen Moon canceled the flight that she and her husband had booked on Frontier Airlines and asked for a cash refund. No dice. Frontier offered only a travel credit instead of the refund...

Traveling nurses Luke Bonner, right, of Shreveport, La., and Phillip Henry, of Los Angeles, tour The Public Garden, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Boston during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Massachusetts nears 5K deaths; Pop-ups boost Vermont testing

May. 10, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An update of COVID-19 news from across New England: MASSACHUSETTS The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts is approaching 5,000. The state is likely to hit that grim milestone on Monday following Sunday's announcement of an additional 139 deaths. That...

In this April 23, 2020 photo a Frontier Airlines jetliner taxis to a runway for take off from Denver International Airport in Denver. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill lashed out Wednesday, May 6, 2020 against Frontier Airlines over the budget carrier's move to charge passengers extra to guarantee they will sit next to an empty middle seat while flying during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Frontier Airlines will drop open-seat fee that drew attacks

May. 6, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

Frontier Airlines is dropping plans to charge passengers extra to sit next to an empty middle seat after congressional Democrats accused the airline of trying to profit from fear over the new coronavirus. “We recognize the concerns raised that we are profiting from safety and this was never our...

A person wearing mask and gloves out of concern for the coronavirus carries a box of donated food away from a Salvation Army food pantry, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Baker says state making gains on virus; 2nd Walmart closes

May. 5, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is continuing to see coronavirus numbers heading in the right direction, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. One good sign is that even as the state increases the number of tests it's conducting, the percentage of those testing positive for the virus is decreasing, Baker said. The...

FILE - This May 2018 file photo ,shows an aerial view of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Mass. Nearly 70 residents have died from the coronavirus at the central Massachusetts home for aging veterans, as state and federal officials try to figure out what went wrong in the deadliest outbreak at a long-term care facility in the U.S. (Patrick Johnson/The Republican via AP, File)

US senators seek probe of veterans homes after virus deaths

May. 5, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

A group of U.S. senators is seeking an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs' oversight of homes for aging veterans amid a spate of coronavirus deaths at the state-run centers. In a letter sent Tuesday, the senators asked the head of the Government Accountability Office to look into the VA and...

Lawmakers urge feds to include seafood in food aid purchases

May. 3, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the all-Democratic Massachusetts congressional delegation are pushing to include East Coast seafood in purchasing agreements funded by the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Reps. William Keating and Seth Moulton said in a...

Sen. Markey, Rep. Kennedy say they've met signature hurdle

May. 1, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said Friday that he has collected more than enough voter signatures to secure a spot on the Sept. 1 state Democratic primary. Markey said he gathered more than 23,000 signatures from across the state with the help of volunteers. U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III had earlier...

In this Monday, April 27, 2020, photo provided by Vince Warburton, passengers get off an American Airlines flight airplane after they landed at Los Angeles International Airport. JetBlue requires passengers to wear face makes during flights, and Frontier Airlines says it will too, but face coverings are strictly optional on most airlines. American Airlines said it will start providing masks for passengers who want them. (Vince Warburton via AP)

Major US airlines to require passengers to wear face masks

Apr. 30, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said Thursday they will soon require passengers to cover their faces during flights, following the lead of JetBlue Airways. The move comes as airlines big and small contemplate how to comply with social-distancing recommendations in the...