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FILE- In this March 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump talks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington, as Attorney General William Barr looks on. Legislation to extend surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown in doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans all came out in opposition. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Democrats pull surveillance bill after Trump veto threat

May. 28, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Thursday pulled legislation from the House floor to extend FBI surveillance authorities after President Donald Trump and Republicans turned against the measure and ensured its defeat. The House later voted 284-122 to officially start those negotiations. House Speaker Nancy...

In this satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Arthur off the coast of North Carolina, Monday, May 18, 2020. The storm dropped several inches of rain on parts of eastern North Carolina and flooded roads before moving out to sea away from the state. (NOAA via AP)

Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain

May. 18, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

Tropical Storm Arthur moved out to sea Monday after dumping heavy rain on North Carolina as forecasters warned that the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could continue to whip dangerous surf and rip currents for another day or more along the U.S. East Coast. The storm represented another early...

Tropical Storm Arthur crawls closer to North Carolina coast

May. 18, 2020 2:39 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Arthur crawled closer to the North Carolina coast early Monday, amid threats of some minor flooding and rough seas as the system moves off the Southeast seaboard. Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Standing behind McConnell is Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate votes to renew federal surveillance powers

May. 14, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed legislation that would extend a set of expired federal surveillance tools designed to help law enforcement officials track suspected terrorists and spies, moving one step closer to reviving them. The legislation passed the Senate 80-16 on Thursday. The bill is a...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Standing behind McConnell is Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate narrowly rejects new limits on internet surveillance

May. 13, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate came one vote short Wednesday of approving a proposal to prevent federal law enforcement from obtaining internet browsing information or search history without seeking a warrant. The bipartisan amendment won a solid majority of the Senate but just shy of the 60 votes needed...

Man sentenced for stealing $720K from Montana family

May. 8, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Fairfield man to more than two years in prison after he admitted to posing as a financial services manager to steal about $720,000 from a Montana family. Michael Lee Van Auken, 41, pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud, money laundering and filing a false...

Man says land bought for $10, covered with dirt was cemetery

May. 8, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

FOREST, Miss. (AP) — A plot of land in Mississippi that was bought for $10 to build a hunting camp is the site of a cemetery, according to a man who has family members buried there. Bobby Wilkerson shared documents and information handed down to him showing that his great-great-great grandparents were...

2 die in house fire in Washington County

May. 2, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) — An investigation is underway in a fire that killed two people at a home in eastern Iowa. KCRG-TV reports that the fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Saturday near the town of Washington in Washington County. Authorities identified the victims as 58-year-old Sherry Lynn Bertsch and...

FILE - In this April 21, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters after the Senate approved a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid bill on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shelved a proposal for proxy voting this week after Republicans objected. In the Senate, McConnell rejected a GOP remote vote proposal. He expects Congress to return May 4, as planned. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Senate to convene with risks due to no quick virus testing

May. 1, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set to convene Monday but the health risks from the coronavirus are being laid bare as the Capitol physician says there is no way to quickly test the 100 senators and staff. It's a high-profile snapshot of the national testing shortfall as the Trump administration strives...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020, file photo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks to her office after signing the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, H.R. 266, after it passed the House on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi shelved a proposal for proxy voting this week after Republicans objected. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Remote vote? In Trump shadow, stay-home Congress eyes change

Apr. 26, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They long for what's being lost: the ability to publicly question officials at committee hearings, to chat across the aisle, to speak from the House and Senate floor for all of America, and history, to hear. Congress wants its voice back. With no real plan to reopen Capitol Hill any...