Acting Navy boss submits resignation amid uproar

WASHINGTON — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted a letter of resignation to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. That’s according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter before an official announcement. The official says Modly has also told staff he is quitting. Modly had created a combustible […]

Trump removes watchdog tapped for virus rescue oversight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been selected by peers […]

Wisconsin voting underway despite virus

MADISON, Wis. — Voters lined up to cast ballots across Wisconsin on Tuesday, ignoring a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in the state’s presidential primary election. The lines were particularly long in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold, where just five of 180 traditional polling places were […]

Navy leader calls fired carrier captain ‘naive’ or ‘stupid’

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary broadside punctuated with profanity, the Navy’s top leader accused the fired commander of the cornavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt of being “too naive or too stupid” to be in charge of an aircraft carrier. He delivered the criticism to sailors who had cheered the departing skipper last week. Acting Navy Secretary […]

Wisconsin governor delays election, prompts court challenge

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday moved to postpone the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a court challenge and adding to confusion about whether voters will be able to head to the polls on Tuesday. The executive order from Evers, a Democrat, would delay in-person […]

Wisconsin moves ahead with primary, awaits Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin moved forward Monday with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic with help from National Guard members staffing the polls, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to intervene. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who had originally pushed for the election to proceed […]

Stocks rise sharply on hopes of progress in battling virus

NEW YORK — Stocks around the world jumped on Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon. U.S. stocks climbed 4.5% in morning trading, following up on gains that were nearly as big in Europe and Asia. In another sign […]

U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

WASHINGTON — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by […]

President approves Delaware disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump declared on Sunday that a major disaster exists in the State of Delaware and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Jan. 20 and continuing. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments […]

Gov. Cuomo: China sending 1,000 ventilators to New York

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that China is facilitating the shipment of 1,000 ventilators to his state, as he continues to shop for more of the lifesaving devices ahead of a growing number of coronavirus patients who are expected to need them. The number of people infected in the U.S. […]