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People wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif., March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic?

Mar. 27, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on...

Delaware Gov. John Carney meets with staffers during a tour of the State Health Operations Center on Monday, March 16, 2020 to get an update on how Delaware is monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Randall Chase)

Delaware reports its first 2 coronavirus deaths

Mar. 26, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Officials on Thursday announced Delaware's first two coronavirus deaths, including one that occurred after the first known outbreak at a long-term care facility in the state. The death of an 86-year-old man who had lived at Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark was...

A man and a little girl play on a memorial to Civil War veterans in West Park on the Northside of Pittsburgh on a sunny Sunday, March 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

School closures extended; Wolf issues stay-at-home order

Mar. 23, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday ordered residents of Pennsylvania's hardest-hit areas to stay home for at least two weeks to help combat the spread of the new coronavirus that has already sickened hundreds and caused six deaths statewide. He also extended a statewide schools shutdown through...

Nurse practitioner April Sweeney takes a sample from a patient, Friday, March 20, 2020, at the drive-through testing site at the AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion, in Millcreek Township, near Erie, Pa. . Saint Vincent Hospital officials expected to test up to 40 patients daily at the site, which opened Friday.   The samples will be tested for flu strains before they're tested for COVID-19, a new coronavirus. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

Wolf retrenches sweeping order, amid complaints, lawsuits

Mar. 20, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Under fire from business groups and Republican lawmakers and facing lawsuits over a broad shutdown order designed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration defended its actions as critical to preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed, but it also made...

New Mexico Republican House candidates Dinah Vargas, left, Stella Padilla, center, and Audrey Trujillo, right, pray on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, before the GOP press conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Republicans introduced Wednesday a diverse slate of candidates they hope will flip the Democratic-controlled New Mexico House amid rural angry over a new red-flag gun law and uncertainty over oil prices. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

GOP unveils 'diverse' slate in move to take New Mexico House

Mar. 11, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday introduced the slate of candidates they hope will flip the Democratic-controlled New Mexico House amid rural anger over a new red-flag gun law and uncertainty over oil prices. Standing in front of candidates, Republican Party of New Mexico chairman Steve...

Giffords endorses Biden in Democratic presidential race

Mar. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Tucson Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is endorsing Joe Biden for President. Giffords said Wednesday that Biden was there for her after she was shot in a 2011 assassination attempt, and he's supported her efforts to enact strong gun-control laws. The gun-control group that carries...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to health officials about the coronavirus outbreak, at the Westin Hotel at the Delta airlines terminal in Romulus, Mich., Monday, March 9, 2020. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

The Latest: Sanders wins North Dakota caucuses

Mar. 11, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries (all times local): 7:55 a.m. Bernie Sanders has won North Dakota's Democratic presidential caucuses. Participation in Tuesday's contest was expected to be dramatically higher than it was four years ago. That's mainly due to a...

Lawmaker fights gun ban at New Hampshire House

Mar. 10, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker took his fight against a rule banning firearms inside New Hampshire's 400-member House of Representatives to the state supreme court on Tuesday, asking it to weigh in on the issue. For the last decade, rules on allowing guns in Representatives Hall, including the...

House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center, speaks to Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, left, as Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, second from left, House minority leader Del Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and House majority leader, Del. Charniele Herring, D- Alexandria, look on in the entrance to the Senate at the Capitol Saturday March 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Both chambers agreed to extending the session to accommodate the budget and conference committee reports. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia reshaped as Democrats put historic stamp on laws

Mar. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic legislators in Virginia have dramatically reshaped the state in two months, sweeping aside many of the state’s old business-friendly and socially conservative laws and replacing them with a broad, progressive policy agenda. Lawmakers wrapped up this year's session...

Not going away: Virginia Tech families fight for gun control

Mar. 8, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — She made a commitment a long time ago, so Lori Haas calmly stood up from her chair, put down her stack of notes and approached a table of state legislators. “For 12 years, I’ve stood in this building and in many of these meetings pleading and pleading and pleading for...