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Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues

March 30, 2020, 9:54am Latest News

WASHINGTON — Siding with public health experts’ dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people. Read story

Coronavirus response highlights deepening partisan divide

March 30, 2020, 9:48am Politics

NEW YORK — In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has instituted a shutdown on a city of nearly 4 million people and threatened uncooperative business owners with power shutoffs and arrest. Read story

Trump adds 30 days to distancing guidelines, braces U.S. for big death toll

March 29, 2020, 3:54pm Latest News

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. Read story

Conservative former senator Tom Coburn dies

March 28, 2020, 9:05pm Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was stubborn as a mule and conservative to his core. But the Oklahoma family doctor, known for railing against federal earmarks, didn’t let political differences dictate whom he called friends — even if it didn’t sit well with some of his supporters. Read story

Census outreach shifts online amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 28, 2020, 7:49pm Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. — In tiny Munfordville, Ky., the closure of the public library has cut people off from a computer used only for filling out census forms online. In Minneapolis, a concert promoting the once-a-decade count is now virtual. In Orlando, Fla., advocates called off knocking on doors in a neighborhood filled with new residents from Puerto Rico. Read story

Virus strikes U.S. Navy aircraft carrier

March 27, 2020, 7:35pm Politics

WASHINGTON — The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled Friday to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with at least two dozen infected aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of 11 active aircraft carriers whose mission is central to the Pentagon’s strategy for deterring war with China and Iran. Read story

Presidential primary ballots painted Washington deep blue

March 27, 2020, 12:30pm Northwest

SPOKANE — Washington’s presidential primary drew a record number of voters and provided a wealth of data that provides some insight into the race as it existed in mid-March. Read story

President Trump signs $2.2T rescue package

March 27, 2020, 10:33am Latest News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic. Read story

Congress locks Trump oversight into $2.2 trillion package

March 27, 2020, 8:58am Politics

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared that “I’ll be the oversight” as lawmakers were in the final days of drafting what became a $2.2 trillion rescue plan for American businesses. In the end, Congress ensured that won’t be the case. Read story

As virus toll mounts in NY, more friction with Trump

March 27, 2020, 8:53am Nation & World

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and elected leaders in New York are clashing again over the depth of the state's coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, the outbreak is taking its toll on the state's civil servants, with the virus claiming the lives of bus and train workers and a civilian employee of the New York Police Department. Read story