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Our Blue Knights, part 2

The sound—the “ripppp”—of velcro being disassembled was the most comforting sound for one wife. This response came after being asked how she knew that her husband was safe at home. The above scenario is probably indicative of many law enforcement family members. These Blue ...

Trump’s remarks at odds with prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not waiting for a trial to sort out what happened on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where prosecutors say a 17-year-old with a semi-automatic rifle fatally shot two men on a night of protest and violence. He’s giving an account at odds with ...

Facebook, Twitter suspend Russian network before election

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday it removed a small network of accounts and pages linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the “troll factory” that has used social media accounts to sow political discord in the U.S. since the 2016 presidential election. Twitter ...

Opinions diverge over armed civilians at protests

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The scenes have become commonplace in 2020: People gathered at state Capitols with semiautomatic long guns strapped across their chests. A couple near St. Louis emerging from their mansion brandishing firearms as Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched by the house. Men ...

Wisconsin Republicans take no action on policing bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature took no action in a special session Monday called by the state’s Democratic governor to pass a package of bills on policing policies just over a week after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the ...

Transparency needed on COVID cases in schools

Journalists in Michigan got word last month of14 positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan schools. The first and most obvious question: “Where?” Fast forward to the end of last week and the question is still ... where? As parents all over the state wrestle with the decision to go with ...

Coronavirus worries force election officials to get creative

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways big and small. What happens when those disruptions overlap with voting? Thousands of state and local election officials across the U.S are sharing ideas and making accommodations to try to ensure that voters and polling ...

Top general says no role for military in presidential vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. armed forces will have no role in carrying out the election process or resolving a disputed vote, the top U.S. military officer told Congress in comments released Friday. The comments from Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, underscore the ...

Trump ready for four more years

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden as a hapless career politician who will endanger Americans' safety as he accepted his party's renomination on the South Lawn of the White House. While the coronavirus kills 1,000 Americans each day, Trump defied his own ...

At Republican convention, pandemic largely ignored

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a scene from a bygone era: Vice President Mike Pence shaking hands with and fist-bumping audience members who had rushed forward, standing shoulder to shoulder, to greet him and the president after Pence's speech at the Republican National Convention. No one ...

Third night of GOP convention touts public safety

BALTIMORE (AP) — Republicans aggressively defended law enforcement on the third night of their convention, as the nation faced renewed tensions following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Wisconsin, that sparked protests in a state that could decide the fall election. Vice ...

DOJ seeks data on care home deaths in four Democrat-led states

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sent letters to the governors of New York and three other Democratic-led states, seeking data on whether they violated federal law by ordering public nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals — actions that ...

First lady says Trump will fight for families

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump cast her husband as the best hope for America and Americans in a Rose Garden address Tuesday night as President Donald Trump turned to family, farmers and the trappings of the presidency to boost his reelection chances on the second night of the ...

Poll: Many in US shoring up finances amid down economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the paradox of a pandemic that has crushed the U.S. economy: 12.9 million lost jobs and a dangerous rash of businesses closing, yet the personal finances of many Americans have remained strong — and in some ways have even improved. A new poll from The ...

GOP showcases rising stars, dark warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the Republican Party’s rising stars, both people of color, offered an optimistic view of President Donald Trump’s leadership on Monday night, closing the opening night of the GOP’s scaled-back convention with a positive message at odds with the dark warnings ...

DeJoy says Trump attacks on mail-in ballots ‘not helpful’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers Monday he has warned allies of President Donald Trump that the president’s repeated attacks on mail-in ballots are “not helpful,” but denied that recent changes at the Postal Service are linked to the November ...

Trump’s vision of American greatness at center of convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will aim to recast the story of Donald Trump’s presidency when they hold their national convention, featuring speakers drawn from everyday life as well as cable news and the White House while drawing a stark contrast with Democratic presidential nominee Joe ...

Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called "a breakthrough," one of his top health officials called "promising" and other health experts said needs more study before it's ...

Postmaster says election mail will go through

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Friday he has no plans to restore mailboxes and other agency cuts made since he took over in June, sparking fresh questions over how the Postal Service will ensure timely delivery of an expected surge of mail-in ballots for the ...

Watchdog: Census lacks door knockers

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is short by more than 25% of the door knockers needed for the 2020 census, according to its watchdog agency, and it's about to let go of its least productive census takers. Both developments highlight persistent questions about whether the bureau ...