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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci listens at left. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Analysis: Trump flouts the experts, even in own government

May. 20, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the nation’s top infectious disease doctor warned it could be risky for schools to open this fall, President Donald Trump said that was unacceptable. When experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced a roadmap for how Americans could slowly get back to...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. On March 12, during the meeting, and on the day he declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, Trump made a cryptic offhand remark. “I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about,

Trump's emergency powers worry some senators, legal experts

May. 16, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day he declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency, President Donald Trump made a cryptic offhand remark. “I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about," he said at the White House. Trump wasn’t just crowing. Dozens of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Standing behind McConnell is Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate votes to renew federal surveillance powers

May. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation that would extend a set of expired federal surveillance tools designed to help law enforcement officials track suspected terrorists and spies, moving one step closer to reviving them. The legislation passed the Senate 80-16 on Thursday. The bill is a...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Standing behind McConnell is Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate narrowly rejects new limits on internet surveillance

May. 13, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate came one vote short Wednesday of approving a proposal to prevent federal law enforcement from obtaining internet browsing information or search history without seeking a warrant. The bipartisan amendment won a solid majority of the Senate but just shy of the 60 votes needed...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Hawaii state Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaii. An Associated Press analysis shows that some of the least-populated states, such as Hawaii, with relatively few coronavirus cases received an out-sized proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address virus-related expenses. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

May. 5, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are not epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet these four states scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid, while the two hardest-hit states, New York and New Jersey, got comparatively little given the vast numbers of cases and deaths they have...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2012 file photo, Honduras Police Chief Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, also known as the Tiger, or

Ex-Honduran national police chief charged in New York

Apr. 30, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former chief of the Honduran National Police faces drug and weapons charges in New York, where prosecutors claimed Thursday that he traded his law enforcement clout to protect U.S.-bound shipments of cocaine. The charges were brought against Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, known as...

Lisa Tyler, owner of Forever Dream Drafts, visits Vernon Green Nursing Home, in Vernon, Vt., with her horse to bring a smile to the faces of the residents and staff members Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The nursing home is sheltering-in-place because of the COVID-19 pandemic to help prevent the residents from contracting the virus. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

State colleges in crisis; new portal for families of inmates

Apr. 16, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments in Vermont on Thursday related to the coronavirus outbreak: ___ STATE COLLEGES The Vermont State College system may need to take drastic steps including closing campuses because of the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Jeb Spaulding told lawmakers this week. The...