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The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 1:33am

Asian stock markets were mixed today as U.S.-Chinese tension over Hong Kong competed with optimism about recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Rubio warns of foreign actors amplifying virus conspiracies

Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:18pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

Congress shifts attention to overhauling small-business aid

Andrew Taylor and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:16pm

Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small-business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic.

Spread of coronavirus fuels corruption in Latin America

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:08pm

Even in a pandemic, there's no slowdown for swindlers in Latin America.

Board: Puerto Rico to see 65% surplus drop amid debt crisis

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:06pm

A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances prepared to vote Wednesday on a revised fiscal plan as it warned the island’s surplus could plunge by 65% and that the government is unable to pay current debt obligations.

Global pandemic: Through the eyes of the world's children

Martha Irvine, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:04pm

These are children of the global pandemic.

Huawei CFO Meng to find out if her fraud case will proceed

Jim Morris, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:01pm

A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is scheduled to learn Wednesday if a U.S extradition case against her can proceed.

White House letter doesn't explain why Trump fired watchdogs

Eric Tucker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:36pm

The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump followed the law when he fired multiple inspectors general in the last two months, but the administration offered no new details about why they were let go.

Board: Puerto Rico to see 65% surplus drop amid debt crisis

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 7:59pm

A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday that the island could be hit with a deficit earlier than expected and see its surplus plunge by 65% in upcoming years, warning the government cannot afford to pay current debt obligations.

The Toronto Star to be sold, taken private

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 7:35pm

The Toronto Star and its Torstar Corp newspaper chain said Wednesday it has agreed to be sold for $52 million (US$38 million).

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 5:54pm

Russia, the U.S. and China.

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.