National

Nation & World: Coronavirus deaths accelerating in 30 states

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold. As Americans observed a national holiday Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Nation & World: FBI vetting troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the ...

Nation & World: Biden plans to reshape presidency following Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday outside a wounded U.S. Capitol, he will begin reshaping the office of the presidency itself as he sets out to lead a bitterly divided nation struggling with a devastating pandemic and an insurrection meant to stop his ...

Nation & World: ‘This is not a game’: Global virus death toll hits 2M

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off ...

Nation & World: Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment could go to trial as soon as Inauguration Day, with U.S. senators serving not only as jurors but as shaken personal witnesses and victims of the deadly siege of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Trump is the only ...

Nation & World: Anti-Semitism seen in Capitol insurrection raises alarms

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol last week clamoring to overturn the result of November’s presidential election, photographs captured a man in the crowd wearing a shirt emblazoned with “Camp Auschwitz,” a reference to the Nazi ...

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the U.S. Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed ...

Nation & World: Trump on verge of 2nd impeachment after Capitol siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time, the House planning the unprecedented vote one week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and the U.S. Capitol became the target of a deadly ...

U.S. executes Kansas woman, 1st female inmate put to death since 1953

This story was updated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female ...

FBI warns of more plans for armed demonstrations by extremists nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week's deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. An internal FBI bulletin warned ...

Assault against U.S. Capitol a more sinister attack than first appeared

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump's name, the Capitol's attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the ...

Impeachment looming, Democrats urge Pence to help oust Trump

Story updated at 2:22 p.m. Monday WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment pressure mounting, the House worked swiftly Monday to try to oust President Donald Trump from office, pushing the vice president and Cabinet to act first in an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his ...

More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

NEW YORK — For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. "I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline," says Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings and ...

Pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol in bid to overturn election

Story updated at 7:45 a.m. Thursday WASHINGTON (AP) — “Where are they?” a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staff members and more — were hiding under tables, hunkered in ...

Kansas GOP Sen. Moran says he’ll vote to certify Biden’s win

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday that he will vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College, breaking with President Donald Trump and others in the GOP trying to overturn the result. Moran's stance ahead of a joint session of Congress on ...

Fate of $2,000 virus relief checks now rests with GOP-led Senate

Story updated at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Democrats' push to immediately bring President Donald Trump's demand for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks up for a vote, saying the chamber would “begin a process” to ...

Sen. Pat Roberts wrapping up his decadeslong career in Congress

Washington — After Sarah Little watched her former boss of 20 years, Sen. Pat Roberts, deliver his farewell speech on the Senate floor Dec. 10 after 40 years in Congress, she left a voicemail to express her appreciation. Later that day, she got a call from a man claiming to be Wally Ballou. ...