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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Judge: Show evidence to Iowa reporter arrested at protest

Jul. 21, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that prosecutors must turn over body-camera footage and other material to a Des Moines Register reporter who was arrested while covering a protest in May. Judge Christopher Kemp on Monday ordered the Polk County Attorney's Office to give body-cam footage and...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the Colonial Early Education Program at the Colwyck Training Center, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden launches wide battleground push with ads, surrogates

Jul. 21, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is ramping up its advertising and deploying some of its high-profile surrogates as it tries to solidify a broad battleground map that his advisers see as giving him multiple paths to an Electoral College majority. Biden’s Democratic campaign announced Tuesday a $15...

FILE - In this July 14, 2020, file photo, amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Aiden Trabucco, right, wears a mask as he raises his hand to answer a question behind Anthony Gonzales during a summer STEM camp at Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas. School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks — an issue that has divided urban and rural schools and yielded widely varying guidance. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Guidance for masks in schools varies widely across US states

Jul. 20, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks — an issue that has divided urban and rural schools and yielded widely varying guidance. The divide has also taken on political...

Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri poses for a photo, on Thursday, July 16, 2020, in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Sahouri, who was arrested near a Black Lives Matter protest that she was covering, will ask a judge Thursday to dismiss the case against her. The case is believed to be one of the only ones still pending against a journalist arrested during the recent nationwide demonstrations. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Prosecutor: No time for evidence against arrested reporter

Jul. 16, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor who is pursuing charges against an Iowa newspaper reporter who was arrested while covering a protest in May told a judge Thursday that his office shouldn't have to give body-camera footage and other evidence to the journalist's lawyer because his office was too busy....

This July 2, 2020 photo provided by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa., shows Viet Tran. Prosecutors have filed a rare charge against Tran, a Black Lives Matter protester _ unauthorized dissemination of intelligence data _ for allegedly displaying and discussing a stolen Des Moines police document during an interview broadcast on a local television station. (Polk County Jail via AP)

Black Lives Matter protesters face rare leak charge in Iowa

Jul. 7, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors in Iowa have filed a rarely used leak charge against Black Lives Matter protesters accused of stealing a confidential police document and displaying it during a television news broadcast. Two protesters are charged with unauthorized dissemination of intelligence data, a...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020 file photo, Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. President Donald Trump’s campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials promoting the opposite in their states. The rare dissonance between Trump and other Republican elected officials also reflects another reality that the president will not concede: Many in his party believe expanding mail-in voting could ultimately help him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Can Trump's anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?

Jul. 3, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states. The rare dissonance between Trump and other Republican elected officials also...

Protester hit by Iowa governor's SUV sure it was intentional

Jun. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) — An SUV carrying Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was trying to block the vehicle Tuesday as she was leaving an event in northern Iowa, but the Iowa State Patrol blamed the protester and said there was little contact. The state patrol confirmed the SUV hit...

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 photo, U.S. District Judge Laurie Michelson, left, administers the Aath of Citizenship to Hala Baqtar during a drive-thru naturalization service in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on Detroit's east side. The ceremony is a way to continue working as the federal courthouse is shut down due to Coronavirus. The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens but the oath ceremonies aren't the same because of COVID-19 and a budget crisis at the citizenship agency threatens to stall them again.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drive-up US citizenship eases backlog, but new threat looms

Jun. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-year-old U.K. citizen drove into a Detroit parking garage on a recent afternoon, lowered the window of her SUV to swear an oath, and left as a newly minted American. It took less than 30 minutes. Anita Rosenberger is among thousands of people around the country who have taken the...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - The new rules and regulations are posted on the barrier surrounding the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The area which is a scene of many protests is closed from sunset to sunrise. Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the Lee statue from the monument, which has become a rallying place for demonstrators in Richmond. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: 12 arrested in protest at Virginia capital

Jun. 23, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — 12 arrested in protest at Virginia state capital. — Michigan mayor resigns after making racial remark. — Minneapolis union president says members scapegoated. — University of Cincinnati to remove Marge Schott’s name from stadium. ___ RICHMOND, Va. —...