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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. Biden expects to name a vice presidential vetting committee next week. That's according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden's next big decision: Choosing a running mate

Apr. 10, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

Joe Biden faces the most important decision of his five-decade political career: choosing a vice president. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expects to name a committee to vet potential running mates next week, according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of...

In this image provided by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Mitch McConnell sits with his parents, Julia

For McConnell, virus carries echo of his boyhood polio

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell’s earliest childhood memory is the day he left the polio treatment center at Warm Springs, Ga., for the last time. He was just a toddler in 1944, when his father was deployed to World War II, his mother relocated the family to her sister’s home in rural...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Senate Democrats on Thursday stalled President Donald Trump's request for $250 billion to supplement a

Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'

Apr. 10, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has twisted itself into knots over President Donald Trump’s new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care...

FILE- In this March 18, 2020, file photo a few people walk on Wall Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. There are emerging signs that any recovery will fail to match the speed and severity of the economic collapse that occurred in just a few weeks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

Apr. 9, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump has been telling voters that the U.S. economy will leap back to life “like a rocket,” stronger than ever after its bout with the coronavirus. But there is a reason economics is called the “dismal science.” There are emerging signs that...

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr says Russia probe was started 'without basis'

Apr. 9, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr believes the Russia investigation that shadowed President Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to “sabotage the presidency,” he said in an interview with Fox News...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, mail-in ballots for the 2016 General Election are shown at the elections ballot center at the Salt Lake County Government Center, in Salt Lake City. As President Donald Trump rails against voting by mail, many members of his own political party are embracing it to keep their voters safe during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

As Trump rails against mail voting, some allies embrace it

Apr. 10, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

President Donald Trump is warning without evidence that expanding mail-in voting will increase voter fraud. But several GOP state officials are forging ahead to do just that, undermining one of Trump’s arguments about how elections should be conducted amid the coronavirus outbreak. While Trump has...

In this April 7, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump calls on a reporter for a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that's to blame.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that's to blame. President Donald Trump is falling back on a...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia listen. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House says no 'surprise' bills for COVID-19 patients

Apr. 9, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals taking money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send “surprise” medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19, the White House said Thursday. Surprise bills typically happen when a patient with health insurance gets treated at an...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., arrive to make a statement ahead of a planned late-night vote on the coronavirus aid package deal, at the Capitol in Washington.  Democrats are wrestling over how best to assail Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy’s shutdown even as the country enters an unpredictable campaign season against the backdrop of the most devastating crisis in decades. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats renew vote-by-mail push as virus upends elections

Apr. 10, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats want to bolster mail-in voting and take other steps to make balloting easier this November in the next round of congressional efforts to revive the economy and battle the coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Pelosi’s still-evolving proposals Thursday...

This image from video provided by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign shows Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as he announces he is ending his presidential campaign Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (Bernie Sanders for President via AP)

Biden woos skeptical Sanders backers on health, college debt

Apr. 9, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attempted to lure progressives to his presidential campaign on Thursday with promises to expand Medicare and forgive college debt. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee backed lowering the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60 while also pledging to cancel student...

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In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Chief Security Officer Kevin Fitzgibbons rings the opening bell at the NYSE, while recognizing Randy Timmons in Albany, Ga., and thousands of employees of the Proctor & Gamble Company, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Asian shares steady after Wall St caps best week since 1974

Apr. 10, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares are steady in quiet Good Friday trading after Wall Street closed out its best week in 45 years thanks to the Federal Reserve's titanic effort to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis. Many regional markets were closed for Easter weekend holidays. Japan's Nikkei 225...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

In this image provided by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Mitch McConnell sits with his parents, Julia

For McConnell, virus carries echo of his boyhood polio

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell’s earliest childhood memory is the day he left the polio treatment center at Warm Springs, Ga., for the last time. He was just a toddler in 1944, when his father was deployed to World War II, his mother relocated the family to her sister’s home in rural...

Veteran laid to rest at Kansas cemetery amid virus outbreak

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — No military bugler sounded “Taps” for Raymond Boler, a soldier for nearly 40 years. No honor guard stood among the white marble headstones of Leavenworth National Cemetery on a recent Monday to fire the three-volley salute he had hoped would see him to his final rest....

Kansas health official emerges as leader amid virus outbreak

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — About 20 minutes into a recent press conference, Lee Norman, the man spearheading Kansas’s response to the novel coronavirus, coughed. People noticed. “Is he coughing into his hand?” one person asked on a Facebook livestream. “Your cough worries me. Hope...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Senate Democrats on Thursday stalled President Donald Trump's request for $250 billion to supplement a

Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'

Apr. 10, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has twisted itself into knots over President Donald Trump’s new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. Biden expects to name a vice presidential vetting committee next week. That's according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden's next big decision: Choosing a running mate

Apr. 10, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

Joe Biden faces the most important decision of his five-decade political career: choosing a vice president. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expects to name a committee to vet potential running mates next week, according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., arrive to make a statement ahead of a planned late-night vote on the coronavirus aid package deal, at the Capitol in Washington.  Democrats are wrestling over how best to assail Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy’s shutdown even as the country enters an unpredictable campaign season against the backdrop of the most devastating crisis in decades. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats renew vote-by-mail push as virus upends elections

Apr. 10, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats want to bolster mail-in voting and take other steps to make balloting easier this November in the next round of congressional efforts to revive the economy and battle the coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. Pelosi’s still-evolving proposals Thursday...

In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Chief Security Officer Kevin Fitzgibbons rings the opening bell at the NYSE, while recognizing Randy Timmons in Albany, Ga., and thousands of employees of the Proctor & Gamble Company, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Asian shares steady after Wall St caps best week since 1974

Apr. 9, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares are steady in quiet Good Friday trading after Wall Street closed out its best week in 45 years thanks to the Federal Reserve's titanic effort to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis. Many regional markets were closed. Japan's Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1% lower to...

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr says Russia probe was started 'without basis'

Apr. 9, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr believes the Russia investigation that shadowed President Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to “sabotage the presidency,” he said in an interview with Fox News...