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Endangered GOP senators are driving force for virus deal

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:31am

A small but singularly influential group is a driving force for an agreement on a stalled coronavirus relief bill: endangered Senate GOP incumbents who need to win this fall if Republicans are going to retain control of the majority.

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:22am

Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far off.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 5th - 4:12am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Fireworks, ammonium nitrate likely fueled Beirut explosion

Jon Gambrell and Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 4:03am

Fireworks and ammonium nitrate appear to have been the fuel that ignited a massive explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut, experts and videos of the blast suggest.

Colorado St investigates athlete claims on COVID reporting

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 3:33am

Colorado State president Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms.

3 shot, 1 fatally, during large party at Los Angeles mansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 5th - 3:12am

Three people were shot, one fatally, early Tuesday during a party attended by hundreds of people at a Los Angeles mansion, authorities said.

Sri Lankan parliamentary vote expected to back Rajapaksas

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 3:09am

Sri Lankans voted Wednesday to elect a new Parliament that is expected to give strong support to the powerful and popular Rajapaksa brothers.

'Squad' member Tlaib leads in Michigan primary

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 5th - 2:18am

"Squad” member Rashida Tlaib was trying to fend off a serious challenge for her House seat in Michigan's primary on Tuesday, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 5th - 1:05am

CONGRESSIONAL FIGHT CONTINUES OVER CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE

Inslee advances in Washington gubernatorial primary

Rachel La Corte, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 11:46pm

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee advanced Tuesday in Washington's primary election as he seeks to become the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years.

Missouri approves Medicaid expansion; Parson, Galloway win

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 11:36pm

Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.

Virus ravages poor California county along Mexican border

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 11:33pm

Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and, now, the coronavirus. The virus killed her father six days earlier. The oldest of her four children, a 15-year-old boy, learned he had it that morning.

Lawyers to argue about psychologist in newspaper attack case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 11:03pm

Lawyers are scheduled to argue about whether a psychologist’s observations about a man who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper should be heard by jurors who will decide whether he’s criminally responsible because of his mental health.

Protest leader Bush ousts 20-year US Rep. Clay in Missouri

Summer Ballentine, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 11:01pm

Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer's fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri's Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century.

Loren Culp advances to November election for governor in Washington state

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 10:59pm

Loren Culp advances to November election for governor in Washington state.

St. Louis prosecutor chided by Trump wins primary race

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 10:33pm

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, whose job performance has been lauded by some civil rights activists and criticized by President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans, held off a challenge from a former homicide prosecutor in Tuesday’s primary election.

Ferguson protester Cori Bush ousts William Lacy Clay from Missouri congressional seat his family held for half-century

The Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 10:24pm

Ferguson protester Cori Bush ousts William Lacy Clay from Missouri congressional seat his family held for half-century.

Tropic storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 6

Bryan Anderson, Associated Press  |  Updated Aug 4th - 10:21pm

At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

Voters make Missouri the nation's 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion for more low-income adults

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 4th - 10:06pm

Voters make Missouri the nation's 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion for more low-income adults.