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Three former presidents mourn John Lewis in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning. The ...

House picks GOP ex-justice to replace its ousted leader

By Farnoush Amiri The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Thursday chose former state Supreme Court justice and current Rep. Bob Cupp to lead the Ohio House, replacing the speaker ousted hours earlier amid a scandal. House members voted in favor of the veteran ...

Tyson Foods to increase virus testing in U.S. meat plants

By Dee-Ann Durbin AP Business Writer Tyson Foods says it plans to administer thousands of coronavirus tests per week at its U.S. facilities under an expanded effort to protect workers and keep plants running. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company, which processes about 20% of all beef, ...

Bleak economic data point to struggles ahead for U.S. economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grim picture emerged Thursday of a U.S. economy that endured a record-shattering plunge last quarter and is now struggling to rebound as the coronavirus keeps forcing more layoffs. The economy shrank at a dizzying 32.9% annual rate in the April-June quarter, when the ...

Lawmakers agree to oust Householder

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state representatives in Ohio agreed Tuesday to remove the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe following a secret vote prompted by Larry Householder’s refusal to voluntarily give up the ...

Dems, GOP far apart on virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The differences over the next coronavirus aid package are vast: Democrats propose $3 trillion in relief and Republicans have a $1 trillion counteroffer. At stake are millions of Americans’ jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections. As top White House ...

Consumer confidence tumbles in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in July to a reading of 92.6 as coronavirus infections spread in many parts of the country. The Conference Board, a New York research organization, reported Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index fell from a June reading of 98.3. The ...

White House pushes narrow virus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican "disarray" over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now. The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring ...

Tropical Storm Hanna drenches South Texas amid virus crisis

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases. Downgraded ...

Everywhere and nowhere: The many layers of ‘cancel culture’

By Hillel Italie AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So you've probably read a lot about "cancel culture." Or know about a new poll that shows a plurality of Americans disapproving of it. Or you may have heard about a letter in Harper's Magazine condemning censorship and intolerance. ...

Workers praise Disney virus safety, but will visitors come?

By Mike Schneider The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Every week, it seems, Kaila Barker, her husband and their five children change their minds about whether to travel from their home in Connecticut to Florida's Walt Disney World as planned in September. On the one hand, the lack ...

Virus sends jobless claims up again

WASHINGTON (AP) — The viral pandemic’s resurgence caused the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits to rise last week for the first time in nearly four months, evidence of the deepening economic pain the outbreak is causing. The increase in weekly jobless claims to 1.4 million ...

Gov. DeWine reverses course on energy law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reversed course on Thursday and called for a nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed in the wake of the state’s $60 million bribery scandal. The Republican DeWine said he continues to support the policy in the bill, including preserving ...

Watchdog finds flawed response at Calif. prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prison complex in California struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus because of staff shortages, limited use of home confinement and ineffective screening, the Justice Department watchdog said Thursday as it released the first results of remote ...

Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he has scrubbed his planned Republican National Convention scheduled for Florida next month, citing a “flare-up” of the coronavirus. Trump’s formal renomination will still go forward in North Carolina, where a small ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump bending facts on virus, Biden, economy

By Hope Yen The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump clung to the false notion that the coronavirus will just "disappear," made incorrect claims about a top government expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and again insisted that Americans are getting all the COVID-19 tests they ...

Public turns out for ‘Back the Blue’ rally

By Madeline Scarborough Staff Reporter PARKERSBURG – Hundreds of people gathered at Bicentennial Park Saturday afternoon to “Back the Blue.” The rally, which started with a march from Eighth and Market Streets, lasted an hour and was a way for community members to show their support ...

DeWine: Mask order may cover ‘a lot more counties’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio order requiring masks to be worn in public may include "a lot more counties" next week as the coronavirus continues to spread in the state, Gov. Mike DeWIne said Sunday. DeWine said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is still considering a statewide mask ...

‘Shadow’ lenders can leave college students in the dark

By Ryan Lane NerdWallet A new high school graduate may take out about $37,200 in student loans for college, according to a recent NerdWallet study. And for many of them, that won't be enough. Thirty-eight percent of students borrow additional money for college via credit cards, home ...

GM CEO expects virus to ebb, economic recovery by early 2021

DETROIT (AP) — The auto business used to be pretty simple. Crank out vehicles that people want to buy and collect profits. It's gotten a whole lot more complicated since Mary Barra took over as CEO of General Motors in 2014. She has cut costs and streamlined management, closed factories ...