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Governor's vetos could cost New Mexico tribes some funding

Jul. 8, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. Lujan...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At least 10 lawmakers and three congressional caucuses have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to government data released this week. A regional casino company led by the husband of Rep. Susie Lee received money. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Jul. 8, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history. Under pressure from...

A woman wearing gloves drops off a mail-in ballot at a drop box in Hackensack, N.J., Tuesday, July 7, 2020. New Jersey Democrats and Republicans will choose their candidates for president, Senate and House on Tuesday, but because of the COVID-19 outbreak, they'll be doing it mostly by mail-in ballots. Voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to get their ballots postmarked, put in a county drop box or dropped off in person at the county board of elections. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NJ's mail primary gets results, though some races undecided

Jul. 8, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s practically all-mail primary on Tuesday produced results in some of the state’s most closely watched contests despite concerns that Election Day would end in uncertainty. Though there was little suspense, former Vice President Joe Biden won the Democratic...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens during a news conference at the old Pan American Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Democrats: DeSantis' virus inaction cost Floridian lives

Jul. 7, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Democratic congressional delegation blasted Gov. Ron DeSantis' response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying Tuesday that his refusal to issue statewide orders requiring masks and impose tougher restrictions on businesses has caused unneeded deaths and spread the...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. At least 10 lawmakers and three congressional caucuses have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to government data released this week. A regional casino company led by the husband of Rep. Susie Lee received money. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Jul. 7, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history. Under pressure from...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, puts on a face mask during a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Grassley will not be attending the Republican National Convention for the first time in his 40-year Senate career due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool, File)

Trump 'flexible' on size of convention as lawmakers shy away

Jul. 7, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging in Florida, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s “flexible” on the size of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville. The president spoke as a growing number of Senate Republicans said they’d skip the event, and...

Battle lines drawn ahead of special legislative session

Jul. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Brian Rippet, a science teacher from Stateline, is furious that Nevada's legislative building will be closed to the public when lawmakers convene for a special session Wednesday to balance the state's budget amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Rippet, who also serves as...

Ajaye' Brewington fills out a provisional ballot at a polling site in Hackensack, N.J., Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Voters have until 8 p.m. to have their ballot postmarked or dropped at one of at least five boxes per county. Half of the polling places in each county must also stay open for voters to cast a ballot in person, though that means they must use a provisional ballot that will be counted once officials determine one has not been mailed to county election officials already. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: Cory Booker wins N.J. Democratic Senate primary

Jul. 7, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections in New Jersey and Delaware (all times local): 9 p.m. Cory Booker has won New Jersey's Democratic Senate primary. The incumbent Booker had faced Lawrence Hamm, who was running on Bernie Sanders' “Not Me. Us.” slogan. Booker arrived in...

Cory Booker wins Democratic Senate primary in New Jersey

Jul. 7, 2020 8:55 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cory Booker wins Democratic Senate primary in New Jersey.