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Wall Street has worst week since 2008 as S&P 500 drops 11.5%

Feb. 28, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Stocks sank again Friday after another wild day on Wall Street, extending a rout that handed the market its worst week since October 2008 at the height of the financial crisis. The market clawed back much of its intraday losses in the last 15 minutes of trading as some buyers emerged, keeping the indexes from...

Commissioner: Graybill qualified to run for attorney general

Feb. 28, 2020 5:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrat Raph Graybill meets the qualifications to run for attorney general, Montana's political practices commissioner said Friday in response to a complaint filed earlier this month. Former legislator Dave Wanzenried questioned whether Graybill met the requirements of being a...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Sumter, S.C., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Biden hopes S Carolina win could propel him to Super Tuesday

Feb. 28, 2020 5:07 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is confident that he is poised for victory in Saturday's first-in-the-South primary, just weeks after his third presidential campaign left New Hampshire badly wounded and close to broke. The question is whether Biden is correct that a win in South Carolina would...

Evers vetoes crime bills, signs drunken driving sanctions

Feb. 28, 2020 5:06 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers vetoed Republican lawmakers' tough-on-crime legislation Friday. The vetoes were hardly a surprise. The governor campaign on cutting the state's prison population in half. The bills would have required the Department of Corrections to recommend revoking a person's extended...

Court won't order former WH counsel to testify before House

Feb. 28, 2020 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a setback for Democrats in Congress, a federal appeals court has ruled that judges have no role to play in the subpoena fight between the House of Representatives and the Trump administration over the testimony of high-ranking officials. The decision Friday from a three-judge panel of...

13 suspected immigrants rescued from ocean off California

Feb. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Southern California lifeguards rescued 13 people and were searching for others believed to have been dropped off early Friday by Mexican migrant smugglers in the Pacific Ocean, authorities said. As many as three people remained missing based on information from the group of men and...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Brady press briefing room of the White House in Washington. America's longest war may finally be nearing an end, after nearly two decades that outlasted two commanders in chief and is now helmed by a third. More than 18 years since the conflict began in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks, the United States and the Islamists it toppled from power in Afghanistan are poised to sign a peace deal on Saturday.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US, Taliban set peace signing for America's longest war

Feb. 28, 2020 4:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's longest war may finally be nearing an end. The United States and the Islamists it toppled from power in Afghanistan are poised to sign a peace deal Saturday after a conflict that outlasted two U.S. commanders in chief and is now led by a third eager to fulfill a campaign promise...

Maryland lawmaker wants youth educated on risk of gambling

Feb. 28, 2020 4:58 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland bill that would allow lessons on the risks associated with gambling — including addiction prevention — to be added to the high school health curriculum passed in the state Senate on Feb. 21. Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Anne Arundel, is leading the charge as the...

New science panel formed to deal with infectious diseases

Feb. 28, 2020 4:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the National Academy of Sciences have established a committee of experts on infectious diseases to build on Trump administration efforts to confront the new coronavirus threat. One goal is to discourage misinformation and panic. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the...

A school janitor opens the door to a staff room inside Bothell High School, closed for the day, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Bothell, Wash. The suburban Seattle school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China - an action health officials say is unnecessary. The school will be cleaned and disinfected while students stay home. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

US schools start planning for possible spread of coronavirus

Feb. 28, 2020 4:53 PM EST

Schools across the United States are canceling trips abroad, preparing online lessons and even rethinking “perfect attendance” awards as they brace for the possibility that the new coronavirus could begin spreading in their communities. Districts have been rushing to update emergency plans this...