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Analysis: Trump fuels new tensions in moment of crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 48 hours in America, the official death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 100,000, the number of people who filed for unemployment during the crisis soared past 40 million, and protests erupted in major cities after a handcuffed black man was killed by a white ...

EU urges Trump to rethink cutting funding to WHO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The European Union on Saturday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is ...

SpaceX presses ahead in historic 1st launch of astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Despite more storms in the forecast, SpaceX pressed ahead Saturday in its historic attempt to launch astronauts for NASA, a first by a private company. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ...

Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm authorities again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fires burned unchecked and thousands protesting the police killing of George Floyd ignored a curfew as unrest overwhelmed authorities for another night in Minneapolis, and the governor acknowledged Saturday that he didn't have enough manpower to contain the chaos. The new ...

OSHA cites nursing home for delayed coronavirus reporting

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that oversees workplace safety said Friday that it had issued its first citation in the U.S. related to the coronavirus outbreak: against a Georgia nursing home that delayed reporting the hospitalization of six infected workers. The Occupation Safety ...

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

ATLANTA (AP) — It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the next school year will be shorter still, with only 170 ...

A year later, motive of Virginia mass shooting still unclear

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The rampage at a Virginia Beach city government building was the latest in a string of high-profile mass shootings nationwide, between the high school killings in Parkland, Florida, and the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas. As the tragedy nears its one-year ...

Shots fired during Denver protest of Minneapolis man’s death

DENVER (AP) — Protesters swarmed Denver on Thursday, blocking traffic and smashing vehicles while running from gunfire and police tear gas after a demonstration against the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody turned violent. Hundreds of demonstrators stood in the downtown ...

Both businesses and customers conflicted as D.C. reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting Friday, a tiny slice of pre-pandemic normality starts returning to the nation's capital as a three-month old coronavirus stay-home order is replaced by the first phase of a reopening plan. Barbers and hair salons will begin welcoming back clients grown haggard from ...

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state's highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural ...

Biden knocks Trump for ‘this macho stuff’ in shunning masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a sign of leadership and called President Donald Trump a "fool" who was "stoking deaths" for suggesting otherwise. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's comments came ...

Suspect in date killing of Utah woman called ‘monster’

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Relatives of a Utah woman who police say was killed last weekend after meeting a man via the popular dating app Tinder have called the suspect a "monster" who took their daughter in "a crime as senseless as it was evil." The family of Ashlyn Black issued the comments ...

McConnell discusses prospects for another round of relief

Faced with a collapsed job market, Congress needs to tend to unemployment insurance funds supporting millions thrown out of work, but surging debt means there are limits to the scope of federal aid to help heal the coronavirus -damaged economy, the Senate's top leader said Tuesday. In his ...

Idaho State track athletes want transgender lawsuit tossed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two female athletes at Idaho State University want a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new state law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports, the first such law in the nation. Madison Kenyon, 19, of Johnston, Colorado, and Mary Marshall, ...

Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming tourists to return to the glitzy gambling mecca of Las Vegas. "We welcome the visitors from across the country to come here, to have a good time, no different than they ...

American virus deaths at 100,000: What does a number mean?

The fraught, freighted number of this particular American moment is a round one brimming with zeroes: 100,000. A hundred thousands. A thousand hundreds. Five thousand score. More than 8,000 dozen. All dead. This is the week when America's official coronavirus death toll reaches six digits. One ...

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company's business. The Estero, Florida-based company's lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on ...

Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ about black voters’ choices

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden says he "should not have been so cavalier" after he told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump "ain't black." The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee quickly moved to address the fallout from his Friday remark, ...

Trump declares churches ‘essential,’ calls on them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The president threatened Friday to "override" governors who ...

U.S. regulators approve new type of contraceptive gel

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a birth control gel that works in a new way to prevent pregnancy. Phexxi comes in an applicator that women insert before sex. The gel made by San Diego-based Evofem Biosciences contains lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate, all of which are ...