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With a video filmed in secret, Trump upends virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The video message that plunged Washington into chaos was filmed in secret. President Donald Trump stood in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room, holiday garland and gleaming ornaments draped on the fireplace behind him. He spoke into the camera not to deliver ...

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none set at all

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. How many people can you share a Christmas meal with? France recommends no more than six, in Chile it’s 15, and in Brazil it’s as many as you ...

Consumer relief: COVID bill to end ‘surprise’ medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals ...

Biden: Trump ‘failed’ to shore up nation’s cybersecurity

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday assailed the Trump administration for failing to fortify the nation’s cyber defenses, and called on President Donald Trump to publicly identify the perpetrator of a massive breach of U.S. government agencies — a hack some of ...

AG Barr undercuts Trump on election, Hunter Biden inquiries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Undercutting President Donald Trump on multiple fronts, Attorney General William Barr said Monday he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president’s claims about the 2020 election or to name one for the tax investigation of President-elect Joe ...

Trump wants SC to overturn Pennsylvania election results

WASHINGTON (AP) — Undeterred by dismissals and admonitions from judges, President Donald Trump's campaign continued with its unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of the Nov 3. election Sunday, saying it had filed a new petition with the Supreme Court. The petition seeks to reverse ...

Aide: Biden won’t talk about son Hunter with AG candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's incoming press secretary said Sunday that Biden would not discuss the investigation of his son with any prospective candidates for attorney general. A federal investigation into the finances of Biden's son, Hunter, will likely be a major point ...

Biden to receive COVID vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of the Trump administration’s vaccination program says people who have been infected with the coronavirus — a group that includes President Donald Trump — should receive the vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser of Operation Warp Speed, told CNN’s ...

Hacked networks will need to be burned ‘down to the ground’

It’s going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly riffling through since as far back as March in Washington’s worst cyberespionage failure on record. Experts say there simply are not enough skilled ...

Hack against US ‘grave threat,’ cybersecurity agency warns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities expressed increased alarm Thursday about a long-undetected intrusion into U.S. and other computer systems around the globe that officials suspect was carried out by Russian hackers. The nation’s cybersecurity agency warned of a “grave” risk to ...

Dozens of states file antitrust suit against Google

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of more states are joining an escalating effort to prove Google has been methodically abusing its power as the internet's main gateway in a way that hurts consumers habitually feeding personal information into is search engine and advertisers pouring billions of dollars ...

Heated Senate hearing focuses on claims of election fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators Wednesday further perpetuated President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud, two days after Democrat Joe Biden’s victory was sealed by the Electoral College. Lawmakers bickered heatedly at times during a committee hearing as Democrats ...

Electoral College vote doesn’t end issue for conservative media

NEW YORK (AP) — Newsmax’s newest star, Greg Kelly, sought to rally President Donald Trump’s supporters after Monday’s Electoral College vote confirmed their hero’s defeat at the hands of President-elect Joe Biden. “My fellow deplorables,” he said, “it’s not over.” By ...

Electoral College cements Biden win

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Electoral College formally chose Joe Biden on Monday as the nation’s next president, giving him a solid electoral majority of 306 votes and confirming his victory in last month’s election. The state-by-state voting took on added importance this year because of ...

Biden aims to unify divided nation

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden pointedly criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for threatening core principles of democracy even as he told Americans that their form of self-government ultimately “prevailed.” Speaking from his longtime home of Wilmington, ...

The Sacrifice – A Christmas story

A profound experience is what I encountered during Christmas of 2019, as I was invited to return as Santa Claus to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home. At these two events, little did I know what would transpire before my eyes and in my heart. Upon arrival at ...

Trump: Barr to leave before Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies, is departing amid lingering tension over the president’s baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son. Barr went Monday to the White ...

Budget toll from virus hits both Democratic, GOP-led states

No "blue state bailout" is a rallying cry for many congressional Republicans as attempts to provide more federal aid to a nation stricken by an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic remain stuck in neutral. Yet it's not just Democratic states asking for help amid plunging tax revenue, rising ...

Tempers flare as Trump supporters rally in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump returned to Washington for weekend rallies to back his desperate efforts to subvert the election that he lost to Joe Biden. Sporadic fights broke out between pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators after sundown Saturday. ...

AP Explains: Claims in election case Supreme Court dismissed

The elections lawsuit pushed by President Donald Trump and dismissed Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court was filled with claims that failed to withstand basic scrutiny. The high court Friday threw out a complaint filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that directly attacked four other ...