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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2017, file photo, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Thompson, who took over as interim president of the University of Wisconsin System this month, said Thursday, July 9, 2020, that he has requested $110 million in funding from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to purchase masks and other equipment for campuses to safely reopen this fall amid the coronavirus. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Face masks made mandatory on all UW campuses this fall

Jul. 9, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Face masks will be mandatory inside all University of Wisconsin campus buildings statewide under a policy adopted unanimously Thursday by the Board of Regents after interim President Tommy Thompson said there was no way to open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic without the mandate....

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 8, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ July 6 The Florida Times-Union on the Affordable Care Act in Florida: There is no debate about this statistic: Florida is the most popular state for the Affordable Care Act. With 1.9 million Floridians signing up for Obamacare in 2019, Florida continues to lead the...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, puts on a face mask during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Grassley will not be attending the Republican National Convention for the first time in his 40-year Senate career due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool, File)

Trump 'flexible' on size of convention as lawmakers shy away

Jul. 7, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s “flexible” on the size of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville. The president spoke as a growing number of Senate Republicans said they’d skip the event, and...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

Jul. 7, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President...

Senate confirms Miller as US marshal in West Tennessee

Jul. 6, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a deputy police chief as the new U.S. marshal for West Tennessee. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn and Rep. David Kustoff praised last week’s vote to confirm Tyreece Miller, Jackson Police Department’s deputy chief. President Donald...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 25, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on Air Force One at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis. Trump seems to rarely leave a thought unspoken. Of late, though, it is increasingly clear there are things Trump won’t say, and they are tied to the most important issues of his presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Analysis: What Trump leaves unspoken carries consequences

Jul. 1, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seems to rarely leave a thought unspoken. Of late, though, it is increasingly clear there are things Trump won’t say — and they are tied to the most important issues of his presidency. Among them: — Knock it off, Russia. — Wear a mask,...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to questions during a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

Jul. 1, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican circles — with the notable exception of the man who leads the party — the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to questions during a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

Jun. 30, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about politics, as...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Fauci: US 'going in wrong direction' in coronavirus outbreak

Jun. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen. With about 40,000 new cases being...