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Rhode Island death toll passes 2,000; doctor suspended

Jan. 15, 2021 3:44 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than 2,000 Rhode Islanders have now died of coronavirus-related complications, the state Department of Health said Friday. With nine additional fatalities from the disease, the death toll is now 2,005. The national death toll is nearly 389,000, according to Johns Hopkins...

Providence Housing Authority gets $1M in federal funding

Jan. 3, 2021 8:21 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Housing Authority is getting more than $1 million in federal funding to help provide housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, authorities say. The housing authority will use more than $900,000 of the funding, administered by...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill

Jan. 1, 2021 6:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago, ensuring that the measure becomes law. In an extraordinary New Year's Day session, the Republican-controlled Senate easily turned aside the...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet were set to lapse at midnight Saturday night unless Trump signed an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump lashes out at GOP after override vote on defense bill

Dec. 30, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at congressional Republicans a day after the House easily voted to override his veto of a defense policy bill. A total of 109 Republicans, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, joined with Democrats on Monday to approve the...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet were set to lapse at midnight Saturday night unless Trump signed an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trump lashes out at GOP after override vote on defense bill

Dec. 29, 2020 3:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at congressional Republicans on Tuesday after the House easily voted to override his veto of a defense policy bill. A total of 109 Republicans, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, joined with Democrats on Monday to approve the...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet were set to lapse at midnight Saturday night unless Trump signed an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered a done deal before his sudden objections. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

House votes to override Trump's veto of defense bill

Dec. 28, 2020 8:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted overwhelmingly Monday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a defense policy bill, setting the stage for what would be the first veto override of his presidency. House members voted 322-87 to override the veto, well above the two-thirds...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up possible override vote

Dec. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency. The bill affirms 3% pay raises for U.S. troops and...

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Trump raises China concerns as reason to veto defense bill

Dec. 13, 2020 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a new rationale Sunday for threatening to veto the annual defense policy bill that covers the military's budget for equipment and pay raises for service members: China. He did not outline his concerns. Republican and Democratic lawmakers say the wide-ranging...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 11, 2020 7:27 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Civilian Control of the Military Is Vital The New York Times Dec. 10 Joe Biden ran for the White House promising to restore the norms that protect American democracy, which had badly eroded under President Trump. Among the...

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the Biden administrations choice to be secretary of defense, speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden hails historic Pentagon pick, but some Dems in a bind

Dec. 10, 2020 1:52 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday introduced his choice for secretary of defense, calling retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin the right man for a potentially volatile moment in global security while hailing the prospect of the first African American to lead the Pentagon. But the...