Democrats launch probe of Barr, Justice Department

In this May 15, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr attend the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee is launching a wide-ranging probe of Barr and the Justice Department, demanding briefings, documents and interviews with 15 officials about whether there has been improper political interference in federal law enforcement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The House Judiciary Committee is launching a probe of Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department

Coronavirus fear touches off a global run on face masks

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo, people queue up to buy face masks in Hong Kong. Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite medical experts' advice that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Fear of the spreading coronavirus is causing a global run on sales of face masks despite medical experts' advice that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them

Vatican task force offers help to church on abuse prevention

Pope Francis salutes faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leaving after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Vatican is launching a task force of experts to help Catholic dioceses and religious orders develop guidelines to handle cases of sexual abuse by clergy and tend to survivors

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In scramble to stop virus, testing raises tough questions

This undated photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP)

Health officials are confronting tough questions about testing to intercept the fast-spreading coronavirus, with scrutiny focused on a four-day delay in screening an infected California woman despite her doctors’ early calls to do so

Officials ID victims, gunman in brewery shooting

Police are seen outside of a house near Potomac and Courtland after a shooting at Molson Coors, Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Neighbors of a Milwaukee electrician who fatally shot five people at one of the nation's largest breweries before killing himself say he enjoyed building guns

This year’s flu shot has cut doctor visits for flu nearly by half, CDC reports

As it did last year, the CDC said you should still get a shot if you haven’t already.

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston. Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California

Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus; Iran cases spike

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears of the global outbreak of the new coronavirus just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move coming as the Mideast has over 220 confirmed cases of the illness. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia has halted travel to Islam's holiest sites over fears about a new viral epidemic months ahead of the hajj pilgrimage

World stocks slide on signs virus outbreak is spreading

People walk past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Shares fell in Asia on Thursday after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was stepping up its efforts to combat the virus outbreak that began in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

World stock markets are down on concerns that the coronavirus is spreading further, putting more strain on businesses and supply chains

Colorado poised to become 22nd state with no death penalty

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado is about to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty

World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China

Workers disinfect subway trains against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Iran's government said Tuesday that more than a dozen people had died nationwide from the new coronavirus, rejecting claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus in the country. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The fight against the new virus is continuing around the world

Get ready: Health officials warn of 'inevitable' spread of coronavirus in U.S.

A customer talks with a pharmacist at a drugstore in downtown Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. The head of Iran's counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself, authorities announced Tuesday, showing the challenges facing the Islamic Republic amid concerns the outbreak may be far wider than officially acknowledged. The announcement comes as countries across the Mideast say they've had confirmed cases of the virus that link back to Iran, which for days denied having the virus. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Trump administration health officials urged the public Tuesday to prepare for the "inevitable" spread of the coronavirus within the United States, escalating warnings about a growing threat from the virus to Americans' everyday lives.

Globe braces for long battle against virus as cases spread

A member from an emergency anti-epidemic headquarters in Mangyongdae District  disinfects a tramcar of Songsan Tram Station to prevent new coronavirus infection in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Uncertainly remained over how best to stem the spread of the illness. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)

The fight against the new virus is continuing, with crews scrubbing everything from money to buses and quarantines in effect in places from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific

Gunman kills 5 at Milwaukee brewery before taking own life

Police work outside the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, after reports of a shooting. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee police are responding to what they are calling a “critical incident” on the Molson Coors campus amid reports of a possible shooting

Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

Pope Francis salutes faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leaving after his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis has celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual in traditional fashion despite fears of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy

Trump to hold news conference on coronavirus US threat

President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, step off Air Force One upon arrival, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump says he'll discuss the coronavirus threat at a White House news conference on Wednesday

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