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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz talks with Catholic Charities Director of Community Services Ruth Hunstiger and Central Minnesota Council on Aging Executive Director Lori Vrolson Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during a stop at Central Minnesota Council on Aging offices in Sartell, Minn. The council recently received 7,500 reusable cloth facemasks for distribution to the elderly. (Dave Schwarz/The St. Cloud Times via AP)

Voters sue Walz to block face masks at Minnesota polls

Aug. 4, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of voters sued Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other officials on Tuesday to try to block a requirement that voters wear face masks at polling place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, backed by Republican lawmakers, argue that Walz's...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., participates in a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Clive, Iowa. Several prominent Muslim American elected officials, including Omar, endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of an online summit that starts Monday, July 20 by the advocacy group and features the presumptive Democratic nominee.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Biden urges Muslim Americans to help him defeat Trump

Jul. 20, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden urged Muslim Americans on Monday to join him in the fight to defeat President Donald Trump as he addressed an online summit hosted by the advocacy organization Emgage Action to mobilize Muslim voters ahead of the presidential election. “I want to earn your vote not just because...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, address a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. as Minnesota's new law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them went into effect. Their 26-year-old son Alec Smith died of diabetic complications in 2017 because he was forced to ration his supply of the drug.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and...

FILE - In this March 16, 2018 file photo, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon discusses election security issues in his St. Paul, Minn. office. Minnesota will waive its witness requirements for absentee ballots for the statewide primary election in August under the settlement of two lawsuits sparked by the health threat from the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuits were filed by political arms of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota and the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans. A Ramsey County judge signed off on the consent decree with the retirees Wednesday, June 17, 2020 while a federal judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday on the league's case. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski,File)

Minnesota waives absentee ballot witness signature mandate

Jun. 17, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will waive its witness requirements for absentee ballots for the statewide primary election in August under the settlement of two lawsuits sparked by the health threat from the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuits were filed by political arms of the League of Women Voters of...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a protester holds a sign that reads

Prosecutors: Officer had knee on Floyd for 7:46, not 8:46

Jun. 17, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors acknowledged Wednesday that a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on the neck of George Floyd for 7 minutes, 46 seconds — not the 8:46 that has become a symbol of police brutality — but said the one-minute error would have no impact on the criminal...

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, right, confers with Assistant Majority Leader Warren Limmer before the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate began debate, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn., on a package of police accountability measures in response to the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Senate debates GOP police accountability proposals

Jun. 16, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate on Tuesday debated a package of police accountability measures drawn up following the death of George Floyd, but with a more extensive set of bills advancing in the Democrat-dominated House critics warned the Senate proposals don't go far...

Officers in swat gear work at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Avenue and West Burleigh Street near a Jet Beauty store that was looted in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: 10 resign from SWAT team amid safety concerns

Jun. 12, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dallas officials agree to 90-day ban on use of tear gas against demonstrators. — Judge orders pause on use of tear gas against protesters in Seattle. — Minneapolis council takes step toward abolishing police department. ___ HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Ten members of a...

Protesters demanding change in the wake of the death of George Floyd hold a media briefing outside the Minnesota State Capitol, Friday, June 12, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn., where a special session of the legislature was about to begin. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Senate GOP to block most policing overhaul plans

Jun. 12, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers in Minnesota said Friday that they’ll block most of the ambitious changes Democrats want to make to policing in the state where George Floyd died, and that they plan to approve only a limited set of police accountability measures. Senate Majority Leader...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 12, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Gov. Lamont’s dubious claims Republican-American June 11 First of two parts. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Connecticut’s perpetually shaky finances are even shakier. Gov. Ned Lamont has said there is little chance unionized state employees will...