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Out-of-state donors boost top contenders in Kansas congressional races

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas' top two contenders in the Senate election and competitive congressional races will be getting majority of their money from out-of-state donors, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democrat Barbara Bollier and Republican Kris Kobach have ...

33 million have sought U.S. unemployment aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.2 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the business shutdowns caused by the viral outbreak deepened the worst U.S. economic catastrophe in decades. Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the ...

The second virus wave: How bad will it be as lockdowns ease?

Story last updated at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday WASHINGTON (AP) — As Europe and the U.S. loosen their lockdowns against the coronavirus, health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments to clamp ...

As U.S. opens up, infection rate still rising across states other than New York

Story updated at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday Take the New York metropolitan area’s progress against the coronavirus out of the equation and the numbers show the rest of the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction, with the known infection rate rising even as states move to lift their lockdowns, an ...

Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds

ATLANTA — As more states begin to relax their coronavirus lockdowns, most are falling short of the minimum levels of testing suggested by the federal government and recommended by a variety of public health researchers, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three months into an ...

30 million have sought U.S. unemployment aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the six weeks since the ...

Contact tracing essential criterion for restarting economies, but many states fall short

ATLANTA — As more states push to reopen their economies, many are falling short on one of the federal government's essential criteria for doing so — having an efficient system to track people who have been physically near a person infected with the coronavius. An Associated Press review ...

26 million have sought U.S. unemployment benefits since virus hit

WASHINGTON — More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said Thursday. Roughly 26 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the five weeks since the ...

Governors push back on Trump, call for more federal virus help

WASHINGTON — A chorus of governors from both parties pushed back hard after President Donald Trump accused Democrats of playing “a very dangerous political game” by insisting there is a shortage of tests for the coronavirus. The governors countered that the White House must do more to ...

Severe testing troubles cloud efforts to reopen nation’s economy

Story updated at 4:36 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON — The United States is struggling to test enough people to track and control the spread of the novel coronavirus, a crucial first step to reopening parts of the economy, which President Donald Trump is pushing to do by May 1. Trump on Thursday ...

Record 22 million have sought U.S. jobless aid since virus

WASHINGTON — The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced 5.2 million more people to seek unemployment benefits last week, the government reported Thursday. Roughly 22 million have now sought jobless benefits in the past month — easily the ...

FBI records detail investigation into would-be hospital bomber in KC area

KANSAS CITY, MO. — A Missouri man who investigators say was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital was distressed by the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis and motivated by racial, religious and anti-government animus, according to newly unsealed court documents. Timothy ...

Here’s what to know as federal relief checks begin to hit bank accounts

Americans are beginning to see the first economic impact payments hit their bank accounts. The IRS tweeted Saturday that it had begun depositing the funds into taxpayers' bank accounts and would be working to get them out as fast as possible. The one-time payments were approved by Congress as ...

16.8M Americans thrown out of work as economic toll rises

NEW YORK — A staggering 16.8 million Americans have been thrown onto the unemployment rolls in just three weeks, underscoring the terrifying speed with which the coronavirus outbreak has brought world economies to a near standstill. Meanwhile, world leaders and health officials are fervently ...

In Douglas County case, U.S. Supreme Court backs police in traffic stops

WASHINGTON — Police can pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is invalid, even if they don't know who's behind the wheel, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court said in an 8-1 decision that unless there's reason to believe otherwise, it's common sense for an officer ...

States’ hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour, goods flown in on a private plane. What sounds like an organized-crime thriller is now the new reality for governors desperately trying to find the medical equipment their states need in the throes of a ...

Chancellor estimates KU will lose tens of millions of dollars from COVID-19 crisis

The University of Kansas expects to suffer losses in the range of tens of millions of dollars because of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced its campuses to abruptly switch to online learning and sent all but 500 students home for the semester. Chancellor Douglas Girod made the grim prediction ...