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Virus creates unprecedented Maryland congressional election

In a photo taken Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Kimberly Klacik, who is the Republican 7th Congressional District candidate, waves for a supporter hoking its horn as she poses for a photograph with The Associated Press in Timonium, Md. Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Klacik won special primaries for the Maryland congressional seat that was held by the late Elijah Cummings. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Ballots cast in person in Maryland's special congressional election between Democrat Kweisi Mfume and Republican Kimberly Klacik will be quarantined for about 24 hours after poll close before being counted — to give any potential germs a chance to die to help protect election workers.

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Trump signs $484 billion measure to aid employers, hospitals

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump will hold a signing ceremony Friday for a bill providing a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending, rushing new relief to employers and hospitals buckling under the strain of a pandemic that has claimed almost 50,000 American lives and 1 in 6 U.S. jobs.

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Lawmakers, many in masks, debate mammoth new aid package

In this image from video, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP)

A nearly $500 billion measure helping businesses and hospitals ride out the coronavirus' devastation edged toward House passage Thursday, as lawmakers' face masks and bandannas added an eerie tone to Congress' effort to aid a staggered nation.

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White House shifts from raising alarms to reopening country

A state police trooper directs a flow of cars in downtown Annapolis participating in a protest against restrictions ordered by Gov. Larry Hogan to fight the spread of the coronavirus. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

For weeks, the Trump administration played up the dangers of the coronavirus as it sought to persuade Americans to disrupt their lives and stay home. Now, as President Donald Trump aims for a swift nationwide reopening, he faces a new challenge: convincing people it's safe to come out and resume their normal lives.

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