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President Donald Trump walks to his car after arrive in Southampton, N.Y., on Marine One, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Trump is attending two fundraisers during his visit to the Hamptons. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States on hook for billions under Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on. Trump announced an...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

Aug. 9, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speak to reporters following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi says election threats from Russia, China aren't equal

Aug. 9, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the threats of interference in the U.S. presidential election from Russia and China are not equal, pointing to a more serious risk with Moscow's efforts to boost President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. “They’re not...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election

Aug. 9, 2020 7:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall. The success of the 2020 presidential election could hinge on a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service. Current signs...

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, speaks during a meeting with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Azar met with Tsai on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

Azar meets with Taiwan President Tsai on breakthrough visit

Aug. 9, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Tsai said to reporters at the...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio governor's positive, then false, results on COVID-19 tests threw fuel on the fire for skeptics about pandemic precautions and critics of the often-aggressive policies the governor championed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio governor's conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

Aug. 9, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio governor's positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies. “I'm sure the internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can't believe any test,' ” Mike...

Republican congressional candidate John Cowan greets supporters Tueaday, June 9, 2020 in Rome, Georgia at an election night party. Cowan is in an Aug. 11 runoff for the Republican nomination in northwest Georgia's 14th Congressional District against Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has come under fire for remarks she made in videos she recorded. (Jeremy Stewart/Rome News-Tribune via AP)

Controversy puts spotlight on Georgia congressional runoff

Aug. 9, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) — Marjorie Taylor Greene is running for Congress - and is unrepentant about her racist rhetoric and support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. With the runoff for the Republican nomination in the conservative district approaching, some voters seem unaware of Greene's controversial views, or...

In this image from video provided by NBC4 Washington, law enforcement work the scene of a shooting, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Southeast Washington.  (NBC4 Washington via AP)

DC shooting leaves 1 dead, some 20 injured

Aug. 9, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute that erupted into gun fire during a large outdoor party in Washington, D.C., early Sunday left one person dead and some 20 others injured, including an off-duty officer “struggling for her life,” according to police. Christopher Brown, 17, died in the shooting...

President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

At his New Jersey golf club, Trump finds supportive audience

Aug. 8, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — They hustled down the stairs, the rain dabbing their polo shirts and golf attire, as they dashed inside the clubhouse, drinks in their hands and masks missing from their faces. It was an unexpected perk of their country club membership: being the audience for President Donald...

Vote-by-mail ballots are shown in sorting trays, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Never in U.S. history will so many people exercise the right on which their democracy hinges by marking a ballot at home. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Vote-by-mail worries: A 'leaky pipeline' in many states

Aug. 8, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Brace yourself for what’s expected to be the first U.S. presidential election conducted mostly by mail. It could be messy. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, voting by mail in a contactless and socially distant way seems like a no-brainer. States have made the option widely available --...

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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 8, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 after President Donald Trump issued executive orders to provide tax relief and stopgap unemployment benefits for Americans hit by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares mostly higher on stimulus moves, jobs data

Aug. 9, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Monday after President Donald Trump issued executive orders to provide tax relief and stopgap unemployment benefits for Americans hit by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Shares rose Monday in Sydney, Shanghai and Seoul, while markets were closed in Tokyo for a...

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, speaks during a meeting with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Azar met with Tsai on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. (Pool Photo via AP Photo)

Azar meets with Taiwan President Tsai on breakthrough visit

Aug. 9, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday during the highest-level visit by an American Cabinet official since the break in formal diplomatic ties between Washington and Taipei in 1979. Tsai said to reporters at the...

President Donald Trump walks to his car after arrive in Southampton, N.Y., on Marine One, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Trump is attending two fundraisers during his visit to the Hamptons. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States on hook for billions under Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 9, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on. Trump announced an...

President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

Aug. 9, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope

Aug. 9, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass. Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats...

Katrina McKelvin of New London, Conn. on Aug. 6, 2020 deposits her absentee ballot for the Aug. 11 primary in a special box that has been set up outside the New London City Hall. The state of Connecticut used federal coronavirus relief funds to purchase the boxes for each city and town so voters can drop off their ballots instead of having to go personally to the polls.  (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

Connecticut primary seen as Election Day rehearsal

Aug. 9, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters will rubber-stamp the presidential nominees and decide a number of down-ballot races Tuesday, but the result everyone will be watching for is how the primary itself comes off. Local election officials will have to count an unusually large number of absentee...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, that if he's elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The mine would be built near headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. Conservation and local tribal groups say they fear the mine will devastate the fishery.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden vows to block Alaska mine project if elected

Aug. 9, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday that if he’s elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. “It is no place for a mine,” the former vice president said in a statement to news...

Maine asking for help finding pesky forest bugs

Aug. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is asking residents to keep an eye on trees near their homes and neighborhoods for strange bugs. August is a peak time of the year to be able to observe invasive insects, which can do damage to trees in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry...

3 state employees killed in West Texas helicopter crash

Aug. 9, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died after their helicopter crashed in a West Texas wildlife preserve, the department announced Sunday. The group was surveying desert bighorn sheep in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area on Saturday when the helicopter went down, according...

DOJ grant to provide housing for human trafficking victims

Aug. 9, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The YWCA of Central Massachusetts has received more than $370,000 from the U.S. Justice Department to provide housing and services for victims of human trafficking. Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced the grant from the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs....