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A cyclists passes an empty Flinders Street Station during lockdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The Latest: Navajo reservation ready to reopen tourist sites

Aug. 14, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Popular tourist destinations in the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can start welcoming back tourists Monday under the tribe’s reopening plan. Much of the reservation has been closed since March as the new coronavirus swept through. The tribe released a plan this week...

FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., to provide an update on the coronavirus situation. Kentucky voters concerned about being at risk of contracting the coronavirus will be able to cast mail-in ballots under a bipartisan agreement reached by Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Kentucky sets rules for general election amid pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters concerned about being at risk of contracting COVID-19 will be able to cast mail-in ballots under a bipartisan agreement reached by the state's governor and secretary of state. Rules for the November general election also include three weeks of in-person early voting,...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. A congressional watchdog agency has found that the top two Trump administration officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancy Reform Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Aug. 14, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two most senior officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, speaks to voters during a town hall meeting in Belen, N.M. Torres Small announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, she will go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Hopefuls in key US House race in New Mexico OK 2 debates

Aug. 14, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and Republican challenger Yvette Herrell have agreed to at least two televised debates in a closely watched race in southern New Mexico. And they may be looking for more. Torres Small and Herrell said this week they agreed to participate in...

19-year-old leading in Kansas admits blackmail, revenge porn

Aug. 14, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are scrambling to deal with the strong possibility that a 19-year-old candidate for a Kansas House seat in Kansas City will unseat a veteran lawmaker despite making incendiary comments on social media and acknowledging abusive behavior online toward girls in middle school. ...

Hawaii governor seeking details on Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he is working to find out whether the federal government would fully pay for $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced under an executive order last weekend or whether the state would wind up having to foot the bill if it...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., listens during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Several Native American groups are warning Inhofe that legislation being discussed in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could undermine tribal sovereignty. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Tribal groups warn Inhofe bill could undermine sovereignty

Aug. 14, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation being discussed by some members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision threatens to undermine tribal sovereignty, several Native American groups warned in a letter this week to Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe. The leaders of eight...

Montana officials drop proposed flavored vaping product ban

Aug. 14, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana health department decided Friday to withdraw a proposed rule that would ban flavored vaping products in the state. The decision came after 13 state senators and seven representatives, all Republicans, signed letters last month opposing the rule and stating that the health...

FILE - U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath speaks to members of the media during a visit to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pikeville, Ky., in a Monday, June 22, 2020 file photo. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's prominent role in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has become Topic A in his bitter campaign against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, providing fodder for both sides.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

McGrath changes campaign managers in bid to upset McConnell

Aug. 14, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath switched campaign managers Friday in a shakeup heading into the stretch run of her bid to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath has raised prolific amounts of campaign cash, fueled by Democrats who made McConnell a prime...

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Jennifer Pope wears a mask and sits by ready to help at a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Census Bureau adds emails, phone calls to door-knocking

Aug. 14, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in neighborhoods where the response rate was less than 50%. The...