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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.

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 bill limiting her emergency powers

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

Kansas’ Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping coronavirus measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, ratcheting up a partisan dispute over her response to the pandemic and possibly setting up a court fight over her power to direct it.

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

A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday against major oil companies in lawsuits brought 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's long-running bankruptcy saga enters pivotal stage

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 that left entire cities in ruins.

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.

Grains higher,livestock mixed.

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:54am

Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery up 3 cents at $5.0940 a bushel; July corn gained 5.80 cents at $3.2220 a bushel; July oats rose 3 cents at $3.2720 a bushel; while July soybeans advanced 6.60 cents at 8.4120 a bushel.

Consumer confidence up slightly but remains near 6-year low

Matt Ott, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:24am

U.S. consumer confidence inched up this month, showing signs of stabilizing, but remained near a six-year low in the face of the widespread business shutdowns that have sent the economy into recession.

US new-home sales post slight gain in April

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:16am

U.S. new home sales ticked up 0.6% in April, a surprising gain amid the coronavirus outbreak that hints at the relative health of potential buyers.