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President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?

May. 26, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the rubble of buildings and lives, modern U.S. presidents have met national trauma with words such as these: “I can hear you.” “You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything.” “We have wept with you; we’ve pulled our children...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he and Jill Biden depart after placing a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park, Monday, May 25, 2020, in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden calls Trump a 'fool' for mocking masks during pandemic

May. 26, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a sign of leadership and called President Donald Trump a “fool” who was “stoking deaths” for suggesting otherwise. The presumptive Democratic presidential...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, The Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook for 2020 over pages of a Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General report, are shown in Washington. The Trump administration says most people with Medicare will have access to prescription plans next year that limit copays for insulin to a maximum of $35 a month. Tuesday's announcement comes as President Donald Trump returns to the issue of drug prices to woo older people whose votes will be critical to his reelection prospects. (AP Photos/Wayne Partlow, File)

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

May. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Medicare recipients could pay less for insulin next year under a deal President Donald Trump announced Tuesday in a pivot to pocketbook issues important in November's election. “I hope the seniors are going to remember it,” Trump said at a Rose Garden ceremony, joined...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., listens during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

May. 26, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made...

President Donald Trump speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

May. 26, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of President Donald Trump's tweets with a fact-check warning. On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots “fraudulent” and predicted that “mail boxes will be robbed,” among other things. Under...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington.  New Defense Department guidelines say that anyone who has been hospitalized for the coronavirus won’t be allowed to enlist in the military unless they get a special medical waiver.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Some US bases to take steps to normal operations this week

May. 26, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some military bases will be able to begin bringing back some personnel and take the first major step toward a return to normal operations this week, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The announcement came as the Pentagon laid out detailed plans that will govern how the department and its forces...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, Glenn Fine, then Acting Inspector General, U.S. Department Of Defense, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fine, the No. 2 official in the Pentagon's office of inspector general, resigned Tuesday, several weeks after he was effectively removed as head of a special board to oversee auditing of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Pentagon's No. 2 IG official resigns after being passed over

May. 26, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official in the Pentagon's office of inspector general, Glenn Fine, resigned Tuesday, several weeks after he was effectively removed as head of a special board to oversee auditing of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package. His departure, effective June 1, is the...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio predicted in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 26, that foreign actors will seek to amplify American conspiracy theories about the virus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, much as Russia did in 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Rubio, now intelligence chair, warns of virus misinformation

May. 26, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The Florida Republican said in an interview...

FILE - March 10, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee. But the process of making it official is anything but settled. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden campaign names national director for voter protection

May. 26, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden has hired a national director for voter protection, a role his campaign says will focus broadly on voter rights, including the disenfranchisement of people of color amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign said Rachana Desai Martin will join its legal team, serving also as senior...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP govs offer states as alternative RNC convention host

May. 26, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two GOP governors are offering up their states to host the Republican National Convention — a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor doesn't assure him that the August gathering can go...

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People gather and pray around a makeshift memorial, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis, near the site where a black man, who was taken into police custody the day before, later died. The FBI and Minnesota agents are investigating the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody after video from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe.  (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

May. 26, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. Mayor...

President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump committed to July 4 celebration despite lawmaker alarm

May. 26, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump remains committed to holding a Fourth of July celebration in the nation’s capital even as Democratic lawmakers from the region -- one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus -- warn that the area will not be ready to hold a...

Company floats new proposal for hydropower on tribal land

May. 26, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix-based company that was eyeing the Little Colorado River for power generation is floating a new proposal that would rely on groundwater rather than surface water to make electricity. Pumped Hydro Storage LLC recently applied for a preliminary permit for a project adjacent...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

May. 26, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers around Illinois. May 26, 2020 Chicago Tribune Is this news anymore? Illinois lawmakers approve out-of-balance, gimmicky budget It should not surprise you that the Illinois legislature passed another state budget that doesn’t add up. It should not surprise you that...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., listens during a virtual Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

May. 26, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Arkansas state Health Officer Dr. Nathaniel Smith speaks at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Smith announced Tuesday, May 26, 2020, he was resigning effective Aug. 28 for a job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)

Arkansas' health chief announces departure as virus surges

May. 26, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ top health official said Tuesday he will step down this summer, but that he has no disagreement with the governor's response to the coronavirus pandemic, even as new cases continued to rise. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Dr. Nathaniel Smith, the state's health...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo from left, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. Calls for pragmatic centrism helped Joe Biden clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. But they left many of the party’s strongest liberals worried that little progress would be made toward their sweeping goals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Latest: Biden keynote speaker at virtual convention

May. 26, 2020 7:31 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: — President Trump says to “always be safe" as country...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DeVos defends policy boosting virus aid for private schools

May. 26, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pushing ahead with a policy that will steer tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief to private primary schools and secondary schools across the nation. The policy has drawn backlash from Democrats and state education leaders who say it reroutes money from needy...

FBI: only 1 attacker in Texas naval base shooting

May. 26, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The FBI said Tuesday that its investigation points to only one attacker in the shooting at a Texas naval air base, days after the agency suggested another person involved might be on the loose. FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Greeves said last week that investigators were working...

Sessions challenges Tuberville to debate

May. 26, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions on Tuesday challenged Tommy Tuberville to a series of five debates ahead of their July runoff in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. “It is time for you to stop running away, and face me and the voters of Alabama,” Sessions wrote in the challenge to...