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A large monitor displaying a map of Asia and a tally of total coronavirus cases, deaths, and recovered, is visible behind Vice President Mike Pence, center, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, as they tour the Secretary's Operations Center following a coronavirus task force meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pence's handling of 2015 HIV outbreak gets new scrutiny

Feb. 28, 2020 12:07 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice of Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the nation's response to the new coronavirus threat is bringing renewed scrutiny to the former governor's handling of an HIV outbreak in southern Indiana when he was governor. Pence reluctantly agreed to authorize a...

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other nations unprepared to handle the threat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here

Feb. 25, 2020 8:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his chief economic adviser said Tuesday that the new coronavirus is under control in the U.S., even as the government's top disease fighters warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak here. The mixed messages came as the stock market tumbled for a second...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems thwart Senate Republicans on 2 abortion-related bills

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...

Rebecca Courtright poses for a portrait at her home Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Powhatan, Va. After being raped in 2003 Courtright agreed to allow a police officer to drive her to another hospital, about 30 minutes away. There, she was treated by a sexual assault nurse examiner who calmed her, collected evidence from her body and

National shortage of forensic nurses frustrates rape victims

Feb. 19, 2020 2:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The young woman who walked into an emergency room in Milwaukee began her journey about 12 hours earlier, at a Chicago-area hospital, more than 90 miles away. She had been raped, but there was no one trained to do a forensic examination at the first hospital she went to — or the...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gives a thumbs-up as he leaves the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump acquittal now likely Wednesday; Senate nixes witnesses

Feb. 1, 2020 1:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday, all but ensuring Trump's acquittal in just the third trial to threaten a president's removal in U.S. history. But senators pushed off final voting on his...

Navy to test drinking water near base for contamination

Jan. 31, 2020 5:22 PM EST

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The Navy will test the drinking water of residents whose homes border Naval Base-Kitsap to determine whether there are dangerous levels of contamination from firefighting foam once used at Bangor. The Kitsap Sun reports that if any homes in areas bordering the base are found to...

File - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, leaves the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trumpat the Capitol in Washington. The seven House Democratic impeachment managers have used long speeches to explain why President Donald Trump should be removed from office. Republican senators sitting through their chamber's trial largely considered Democrats' arguments tedious and unpersuasive. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats speak to history with exhaustive impeachment case

Jan. 25, 2020 12:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At times it seemed like few senators in the chamber were really listening. But the House Democrats presenting the impeachment case against President Donald Trump weren't about to stop. By the time they finished their three days of opening arguments late Friday, House managers had used...