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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo former Georgia House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has already narrowed the field by saying he will pick a woman. In addition to Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, other names that have been part of the speculation are Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Abrams. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy, File)

Stacey Abrams endorses candidates in 7 US Senate contests

May. 21, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Alongside discussions of her own national political ambitions, former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is wading into elections outside her home state, endorsing the campaigns of seven Democrats vying for U.S. Senate seats. On Thursday, Abrams announced that she was backing...

FILE - In this May 13, 2020, file photo, tour guide Barbara Western waves a flag in support of bus and motor coach operators circling National Mall in Washington during a rally to raise awareness of the industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. America's private buses are ground to a halt, and members of the industry say they need federal assistance to help the country get back to work and play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Virus-sapped bus lines see road to ruin without federal help

May. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The nation's 3,000 or so private bus lines — and the millions of people who rely on them for cheap, basic travel — fret that they'll go under without the same kind of federal help trains and planes are enjoying as a pandemic-immobilized America tries to get back to work...

Tarah Diffen, far right, chats with customers at the Hot Spot Diner, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Wiscasset, Maine. Diffen's restaurant, which has been closed since March 22 because of the coronavirus, reopened on Monday. Governor Janet Mills is now allowing restaurants in 12 of the state's 16 counties to have dine-in customers.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine makes testing available to anyone who might have virus

May. 18, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has gotten rid of a testing prioritization system and is now letting health care providers test anyone suspected of having the new coronavirus, state officials said Monday. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said the state's increase in testing capacity means the prioritization...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden, Dems aim to expand campaign map with fundraising deal

May. 16, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee have expanded their fundraising agreement to include 26 state parties as Democrats look to dent the Republicans’ money advantage and build a national campaign foundation heading into the November election. The arrangement allows a new...

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., listens to testimony before the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Burr submits final Russia report before leaving chairmanship

May. 15, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr on Friday submitted the final report in the panel's three-year Russia investigation to the intelligence community for a declassification review. The move came hours before he was to temporarily step aside as chairman of the panel. The...

Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., reaches for hand sanitizer at a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe's nomination for director of national intelligence. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Burr steps aside as Senate intelligence chair amid FBI probe

May. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator with access to some of the nation's top secrets became further entangled in a deepening FBI investigation as agents examining a well-timed sale of stocks during the coronavirus outbreak showed up at his home with a warrant to search his cellphone. Hours later, Sen....

Metro Breez bus driver Rich Price, wearing facemask, waits at a bus stop Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Under the governor's executive order passengers are required to wear face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Tourism groups want to end quarantine; emergency extended

May. 13, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Seven tourism and business groups are urging Maine Gov. Janet Mills to drop the 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors from other states. Visitors need to know that they’ll be welcomed to Maine this summer without a quarantine, the organizations said in an open letter. The...

A farmers market opens with new restrictions in place like a one way entrance and exit, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Providence, R.I. Non-essential businesses are reopening under Gov. Gina Raimondo's plan to gradually lift some restrictions imposed to slow the outbreak. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Massachusetts fights evictions amid outbreak; RI shops open

May. 9, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

An update of COVID-19 news from across New England: MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is warning landlords not to try to kick tenants out of their homes during the outbreak. The Democrat’s office says that despite a new state law temporarily restricting evictions, there’s...

In this May 7, 2020, photo, the entrance to the Labor Department is seen near the Capitol in Washington. The record unemployment rate reflects a nation ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, the economic devastation upending the presidential campaign and forcing President Donald Trump to overcome historic headwinds to win a second term.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Historic unemployment rate upends Trump's reelection bid

May. 9, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The record unemployment rate reported on Friday captured the pain of a nation where tens of millions of jobs suddenly vanished, devastating the economy and forcing President Donald Trump to overcome historic headwinds to win a second term. Just a few short months ago, Trump planned to...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 6, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Mr. Trump’s War on Accountability The New York Times May 4 President Trump can’t handle the truth — at least, not when it makes his administration look bad. With his move Friday night to replace the top...