National governments

Gladys Vega, left, executive director of Chelsea Collaborative, Inc., works with volunteers and staff members to unload a truckload of donated food to re-supply a pop-up food pantry while wearing masks out of concern for the coronavirus, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. The food pantry has been in place for about three weeks and provides food donated by local businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
April 16, 2020 - 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive coronavirus relief bill passed virtually unanimously by Congress last month is estimated at costing taxpayers $1.8 trillion — slightly less than the $2.2 trillion informally projected at the time by the White House. That’s according to the Congressional Budget Office,...
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April 16, 2020 - 1:53 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The president of El Salvador said Thursday he will not obey the country’s Supreme Court, after it ruled authorities cannot detain people who disobey lockdown measures. The police have been taking violators to mandatory quarantine centers at hotels or other...
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April 15, 2020 - 4:09 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — It was a court hearing gone awry in the time of the coronavirus: Legal arguments in a gun lawsuit over gun carry licenses were repeatedly interrupted by hold music, background noise and failures of the mute button. And it all ended in disarray, the public hearing failing to survive...
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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 15, 2020 - 5:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China. Trump, who had telegraphed his...
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April 14, 2020 - 11:56 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that a search warrant at the center of a national storm over press freedom was invalid. News Corp. journalist Annika Smethurst went to the High Court to overturn the warrant that was executed on her Canberra home in June last...
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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 14, 2020 - 9:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China. Trump, who had...
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Election officials Britt Bermingham, left, and Terry ?Perry count ballots as City of Milwaukee Election Commission workers were processing absentee ballots on the fourth floor of an office building at 501 W. Michigan Ave. in Milwaukee on Monday, April 13, 2020.(Mike DeSisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
April 14, 2020 - 8:13 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats overcame legal confusion, safety concerns and presidential influence to pull off a win in Wisconsin this week, and both parties are mining the results for lessons on how to mobilize voters during a pandemic. Amid widespread allegations that Republicans were seeking to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. Videos and reports claiming that you'll have to pay back the relief checks the federal government is sending to millions of Americans are false, federal agencies confirmed to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
April 14, 2020 - 7:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Videos and online reports claiming that millions of Americans will have to repay the relief checks they receive from the federal government under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic recovery bill are not true. The government began issuing the one-time payments this week. Most...
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April 14, 2020 - 6:31 pm
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The stars of the “Diesel Brothers” reality TV show are appealing a federal court ruling requiring them to pay $848,000 to the U.S. government and a Utah county over pollution law violations. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby of Salt Lake City ruled in March that David “Heavy D”...
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April 14, 2020 - 5:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled that medication abortions, in which pills are taken to terminate a pregnancy, can be provided in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling Monday from a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was among several...
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