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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media during his daily press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool)

US intervenes in case challenging Pritzker's COVID-19 moves

May. 23, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department intervened Friday in a lawsuit challenging Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government filed a statement of interest in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis supporting the lawsuit filed by...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, at podium, speaks at a news conference with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, in Los Angeles. The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday, May 22, 2020, warned the mayor of Los Angeles and Ferrer, the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful. The vague letter sent to Garcetti and Ferrer did not spell out any specific violations, but noted concern about statements both had made publicly that restrictions may be prolonged without a vaccine. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)

US warns Los Angeles stay-at-home extension could be illegal

May. 22, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday warned the mayor of Los Angeles and the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful. The vague letter sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer did not...

San Francisco university to pay $2.5M over fraud allegations

May. 22, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of San Francisco has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle allegations that it submitted fraudulent information to get AmeriCorps service grant money, the Justice Department announced Friday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for California’s Eastern District says...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019 file photo, Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference in Washington. FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. That's according to an FBI statement issued Friday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

FBI director orders internal review of Flynn investigation

May. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, the bureau said Friday. The after-action review will examine whether any current employees engaged in...

President Donald Trump points while boarding Air Force One as he departs Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump will visit a Ypsilanti, Mich., Ford plant that has been converted to making personal protection and medical equipment. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits

May. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won at least a temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court earlier this week in keeping secret grand jury materials from the Russia investigation away from Democratic lawmakers. The president and his administration are counting on the justices for more help to stymie...

Montana officials vote to pursue Superfund cleanup agreement

May. 21, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — County commissioners in Montana endorsed a plan for future mine pollution cleanup efforts and responsibilities at a Superfund site. The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners voted Wednesday to authorize Chief Executive Dave Palmer to forward a signed agreement to the U.S. Department...

Lawsuit seeks to stop northern Idaho forest project

May. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 18-square-mile (47-square-kilometer) forest project approved by the U.S. Forest Service in northern Idaho harms wildlife, two environmental groups say, and they have filed a lawsuit to stop it. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater filed the lawsuit...

FILE - this April 5, 2020 file photo, shows An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. A federal judge on Thursday, May 21, 2020, agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Judge grants sanctions against DOJ over citizenship question

May. 21, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

A federal judge on Thursday agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said in a ruling that the Trump administration's...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 file photo, acting Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Uttam Dhillon speaks to DEA employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va. In less than two years on the job, many field agents complained that Dhillon, a former Los Angeles federal prosecutor, was more of a bureaucrat than a leader, lacked experience and, as an acting administrator who was never confirmed, the full authority to implement meaningful reforms. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

‘Very unprepared:’ DEA shakeup followed mounting criticism

May. 21, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's an agency with a critical mission of keeping American streets safe from narcotics. But in recent years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has needed protection from itself, with several agents charged with corruption and the agency engulfed by scandal. This week came more upheaval...

Attorney: 1,200 California pastors agree to reopen May 31

May. 20, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,200 California pastors say they will resume in-person services on May 31 in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Newsom has gradually allowed some businesses to reopen as the state's number of virus-related...