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US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 4:56pm

The Justice Department has closed investigations into stock trading by Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, according to people familiar with notifications sent to the senators. The senators came under scrutiny for transactions made in the weeks before the coronavirus sent markets downhill.

Some US bases to take steps to normal operations this week

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 4:41pm

Some military bases will be able to begin bringing back some personnel and take the first major step toward a return to normal operations this week, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Feds: West Virginia mail carrier altered ballot requests

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 4:15pm

A West Virginia postal carrier has been charged with attempted election fraud after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party affiliations altered, including five from Democrat to Republican, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 4:12pm

Walt Disney World is presenting its plans for reopening after being shuttered along with Florida's other theme parks since mid-March because of the new coronavirus.

Police to acknowledge press protections after disputed raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 2:50pm

San Francisco police have acknowledged the need to uphold press protections as part of a settlement with a freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by police a year ago in a bid to root out a confidential source.

Kansas governor vetoes limits on her power but loosens rules

John D. Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 2:48pm

Kansas' Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping Republican coronavirus measure that would have limited her power to direct the state's pandemic response but then ceded to local officials the authority to keep restrictions on businesses.

Watchdog who found hospital shortages unfazed by Trump barbs

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:54pm

The author of a federal report that found U.S. hospitals faced severe shortages of coronavirus test supplies says she is not intimidated by criticism from President Donald Trump, even after he moved to replace her as chief watchdog of the Department of Health and Human Services.

McConnell discusses prospects for another round of relief

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:23pm

testing, treatment and a vaccine. McConnell held a mask while he spoke and donned it afterward.

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:19pm

Big Oil lost a pair of court battles Tuesday that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change.

Pharmacist, used car salesman charged with COVID-19 fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:06pm

A pharmacist and a used car salesman were arrested Tuesday on charges that they designed frauds to capitalize on the search for masks and other protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 11:04am

Wall Street is sharply higher as hopes for economic recovery overshadow worries over the coronavirus pandemic.

EU agency seeks airline, airport input on new virus guidance

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 11:03am

Europe’s aviation safety agency called on airlines and airports Tuesday to participate in a program to help evaluate new coronavirus guidelines in real-life situations.

2nd case challenging 2020 census preparation dismissed

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:58am

For the second time this spring, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Census Bureau of not devoting enough manpower and offices on the ground to have a successful count of every resident in the U.S. during the 2020 census.

NYSE floor reopens, traders buy shares of Crocs, airlines

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:33am

or 33% in states where dining rooms reopened — compared with a 58% decline the prior week. Transactions at fast food chains fell 20% the week of May 17, a slight improvement from a week earlier.

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:07am

A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles.

French president announces $8.8 billion plan for virus-hit car industry, boost for electric vehicles

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 9:38am

French president announces $8.8 billion plan for virus-hit car industry, boost for electric vehicles.

PG&E nears end of bankruptcy amid persisting safety worries

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 9:35am

Pacific Gas & Electric limped into bankruptcy vilified for its long-running neglect of a crumbling electrical grid that ignited a succession of horrific Northern California wildfires.

Most Medicare enrollees could get insulin for $35 a month

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 9:17am

Many Medicare recipients could pay less for insulin under a deal President Donald Trump announced Tuesday in a pivot to pocketbook issues important in November's election.

Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 9:14am

Sweden's government defended its response to the COVID-19 global pandemic on Tuesday despite the Scandinavian country now reporting one of the highest mortality rates in the world with 4,125 fatalities, or about 40 deaths per 100,000 people.