Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., at the Capitol in Washington in February.

Hawks no more: Fiscal conservatives embrace rescue package

Republicans who have spent the past decade howling about the danger of ballooning deficits embraced the coronavirus rescue package approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, shrugging off past concerns about spending in the face of a public health crisis.

Klobuchar's ordeal with husband's COVID-19: 'Still have no idea how he got it"

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John Bessler, husband of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, campaigned in Iowa in February. He was 52 and in good health when the illness struck. He had worked round
"There was a point where he just wasn't getting better."

What's in the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package for you?

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President Donald Trump hands a pen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., after signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval
Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval.
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he departs the White House in Washington, Saturday, March 28, 2020. President Trump, who has signed in

Trump considering quarantine for NY, NJ and Connecticut

President Donald Trump said he was considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, though it wasn't clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put.
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Attorney general targets 'pandemic profiteering'

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is deploying secret shoppers and putting Menards on notice in the state's first efforts to crack down on price gouging…
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The Latest: US COVID deaths double in 2 days, topping 2,000

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with…
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A nurse demonstrates outside the emergency entrance at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020, demanding mor

'Off the charts': Virus hotspots grow in middle America

The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days and authorities saying Saturday that an infant who tested positive had died. It pummeled big cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, and made its way, too, into rural America as hotspots erupted in small Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens.
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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows:
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Back in January, Megan Olson, left, a 20-year-old Republican, wants to unseat DFL Rep. Robert Bierman in Apple Valley. She chats up Erika Cashin, who

Amid an election-year pandemic, Minnesota candidates are making changes

Candidates, operatives and activists are racing to keep campaigns operating without the time-honored political art of pressing the flesh.
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Rhode Island door knocks in search of fleeing New Yorkers

The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state.
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California virus death toll surpasses 100; infections surge

With cases of coronavirus surging and the death toll surpassing 100, lawmakers are pleading with cooped-up Californians to spend a second weekend at home to…
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FILE -- A New York State Department of Labor office in Brooklyn, March 19, 2020. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to business closures i

For many Americans, government relief checks will come too late

On Wednesday, as on the first day of any month, many companies and households will have bills to pay. This time, a lot will simply…
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Elisabeth Samson Lee has been telling the story of her assault to committees at the Minnesota State Capitol.

When the sexual assault suspect is a police officer

Former Pine County Sheriff's Office clerk leads fight to break down the "blue wall of silence."
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President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package, in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington.

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

The best use of this money depends on your individual circumstances. But here's some help in thinking it through.
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The National Park Service wasn’t ready to deal with the health hazard posed by the many visitors who came to admire the cherry blossom trees in full

Job vacancies, inexperience mar federal response to pandemic

WASHINGTON – Of the 75 senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, 20 are either vacant or filled by acting officials, including Chad…
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Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Saturday morning allocating $330 million in COVID-19 aid passed by the Legislature. Walz is working from the governor’s

For Gov. Tim Walz, there's no playbook to manage COVID-19

Tim Walz was out of his element. Minnesota’s extroverted first-term governor was stuck inside his Summit Avenue home with a PowerPoint presentation ready to go…
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Trump raises idea of quarantines for Northeast U.S.

Trump raises idea of quarantines for Northeast U.S.

Trump told reporters at the White House that it would be for a "short period of time, if we do it at all."
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Coronavirus roils every segment of US child welfare system

Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents.
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What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

President Donald Trump is raising the idea of what he's calling a quarantine involving New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, states hard-hit…
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The Rev. Joseph Lowery gives the benediction during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th U.S. President at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C

Joseph Lowery spent a life on the front lines of the civil rights battle

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country's first black president and echoed the call for "justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream" in America.
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Minnesota officials report 5th death from the coronavirus

The Minnesota Department of Health on Saturday confirmed the state's fifth death from the coronavirus, on a day when Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill to provide more money to help manage the pandemic.
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hikers on the Hidden Lake trail in Glacier National Park in Montana.

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks.