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President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

Aug. 9, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020 file image from video, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines faces off Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in the first of three debates against his Democratic opponent, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, in a race that is among the GOP-held seats in states won by President Trump in 2016 that Democrats think they have a chance to flip in November. (Senate Television via AP, File)

Daines, Bullock square off over virus in first Senate debate

Aug. 9, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Candidates clashed over the coronavirus response during Montana’s first U.S. Senate debate, as Republican incumbent Sen. Steve Daines faced his Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, in a competitive race that Democrats hope to win in their quest to regain control of the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election

Aug. 9, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall. The success of the 2020 presidential election could hinge on a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service. Current signs...

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...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020 file image from video, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines faces off Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in the first of three debates against his Democratic opponent, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, in a race that is among the GOP-held seats in states won by President Trump in 2016 that Democrats think they have a chance to flip in November. (Senate Television via AP, File)

Daines, Bullock square off over virus in first Senate debate

Aug. 8, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Candidates clashed over the coronavirus response during Montana’s first U.S. Senate debate, as Republican incumbent Sen. Steve Daines faced his Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, in a competitive race that Democrats hope to win in their quest to regain control of the...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false push on preexisting conditions

Aug. 8, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is teasing the possibility of executive action to require health insurance companies to cover preexisting medical conditions, something that he says “has never been done before.” It’s been done before. People with such medical problems have...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio rides on his campaign bus in Phoenix. Arpaio's primary defeat in his bid to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix marks what's likely to be the 88-year-old's last political campaign. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Joe Arpaio defeated in what’s likely his last political race

Aug. 8, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — This political campaign was likely the last for Joe Arpaio, the former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for leading immigration crackdowns and building a political career around the harsh treatment of jail inmates. The 88-year-old lawman narrowly lost a race to win back his old job,...

From Wi-Fi access to helping students learn: Man aids locals

Aug. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If you notice people driving to certain public parks and not getting out of their cars, there’s a simple explanation: Emanuel “Boo” Milton came up with another idea to help people. Milton, a 25-year-old event planner and public speaker, has spent a lot of his...

Charles Evers to be remembered during memorial service

Aug. 7, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Saturday memorial service for civil rights leader Charles Evers is expected to draw hundreds in Mississippi. Evers, the older brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, died of natural causes in July, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth told The Associated Press. He was 97....

Stephanie Byers conducts a band class at Wichita North High on April 23, 2018. Byers ran unopposed and won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the 86th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. Byers has since retired from teaching. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas poised to elect its first openly transgender lawmaker

Aug. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A retired music teacher would become the first openly transgender member of the deeply conservative Kansas Legislature if she's elected from a Democratic-leaning district she's expected to win. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, would join the ranks of other transgender people who have...