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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump order allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 9, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders on Saturday...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 8, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders...

Cori Bush celebrates with campaign worker and fellow activist Mike Lhotak as she arrives at her campaign headquarters in Northwoods, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2020.  Bush pulled a stunning political upset, beating 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s 1st District Democratic primary. The district that covers St. Louis and north St. Louis County is overwhelmingly Democratic and Bush is heavily favored in November. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Progressives say primary wins latest sign of momentum shift

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Progressive Democrats celebrated two primary victories Wednesday, claiming the protests over George Floyd’s death and a renewed focus on racial and economic justice have given their candidates new momentum after some rough patches this year. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of...

COVID-19 has killed more than 500 at Missouri nursing homes

Aug. 4, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal data shows 502 residents and seven employees of federally licensed nursing homes in Missouri have died of COVID-19 as a July 19. At least 2,163 other residents and 1,314 employees of homes licensed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have been infected by the virus,...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump wants broader role for telehealth services in Medicare

Aug. 3, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is taking steps to give telehealth a broader role under Medicare, with an executive order that serves as a call for Congress to make doctor visits via personal technology a permanent fixture of the program. The order President Donald Trump signed on Monday applies...

McGrath looks to win over supporters of primary opponent

Aug. 3, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky, (AP) — Looking to reclaim the progressive and minority voters who didn't back her during Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary, Democrat Amy McGrath has unveiled a social justice plan and touted voter registration efforts she hopes will help her topple Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine

Aug. 3, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making grandiose claims about slashing drug prices and the efficacy of a treatment for COVID-19 that don’t hold up to reality. In a tweet Sunday, he asserts that he will reduce drug prices by at least 50%. That’s highly unlikely. Measures announced...

With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's election agitations and distortions

Aug. 1, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heads snapped and eyes rolled when President Donald Trump made a case for considering an election postponement in the pandemic. Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who agree on precious little, said forget about it. Among them, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed Nov. 3 is set...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, a doctor looks at PET brain scans in Phoenix. A big study to help Medicare officials decide whether to start covering brain scans to check for Alzheimer’s disease missed its goals for curbing emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The results announced Thursday, July 30, 2020 call into question whether the costly tests are worth it for a disease that currently has no cure. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Medicare coverage for Alzheimer brain scans in question

Jul. 30, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

A big study to help Medicare officials decide whether to start covering brain scans to check for Alzheimer’s disease missed its goals for curbing health care costs, calling into question whether the pricey tests are worth it. The results announced Thursday are from a $100 million study of more than 25,000...

Today in History

Jul. 30, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, July 30, the 212th day of 2020. There are 154 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 30, 1945, the Portland class heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, having just delivered components of the atomic bomb to Tinian in the Mariana Islands, was torpedoed...