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Transit systems face plunging ridership amid virus fears

BOSTON (AP) — Before the pandemic, Boston commuters bonded over a slew of ills that plagued the nation's oldest subway system, from delays and breakdowns to the occasional derailment. Now public transit systems nationwide are grappling with a new reality — drastically plummeting ridership ...

Coronavirus cuts ‘deep scars’ through meatpacking cities

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the coronavirus spread from the nation's meatpacking plants to the broader communities where they are located, it burned through a modest duplex in Waterloo, Iowa. In the downstairs unit lived Jim Orvis, 65, a beloved friend and uncle who worked in the laundry ...

At senior home, staff stays put 24-7 to stop virus spread

ATLANTA (AP) — As girls, Nadia Williams and her sister spent countless hours imagining their weddings. Now 30, Williams helped her younger sibling plan her big day, but when it came on Friday, she couldn't be at her side as maid of honor. Instead, she put on a sequined dress, pulled her hair ...

Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a century's progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918. In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned about viruses, cured various diseases, made effective vaccines, developed instant ...

As Trump resumes travel, staff takes risks to prepare trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the last two months, President Donald Trump has rarely left the grounds of the White House as he's dealt with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and sought to minimize his own exposure to the disease. But that changes Tuesday when Trump is scheduled to ...

Biden pressed to choose a black woman as his running mate

DETROIT (AP) — After a devastating start to the Democratic primary, Joe Biden's campaign was revived when black voters in South Carolina and throughout the South overwhelmingly sided with him. Now that he's the presumptive Democratic nominee, black voters and leaders are pressing for him to ...

NBC News chief Andy Lack out in corporate restructuring

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News chief Andy Lack is out following a corporate restructuring announced Monday that places Telemundo executive Cesar Conde in charge of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Lack's departure was revealed when Jeff Shell, new NBC Universal CEO, outlined a new corporate governance ...

Ad from Georgia Sen. Loeffler rebuts stock-trading criticism

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia is launching a $4 million statewide ad campaign that seeks to rebut criticism of stock transactions she made amid the coronavirus pandemic, as she faces stiff competition in a November special election. Loeffler's campaign announced ...

‘Murder Hornets,’ with sting that can kill, lands in US

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch killer dubbed the "Murder Hornet" with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state, where entomologists were making plans to wipe it out. The giant Asian insect, with a sting that could be fatal to some humans, is ...

U.S. to rein in flood of virus blood tests after lax oversight

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators Monday pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked. The Food and Drug Administration said it took the action because some sellers have made false claims about the ...

Treasury says April-June borrowing will be a record $2.99T

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Monday it will need to borrow a record $2.99 trillion during the current April-June quarter to cover the cost of the government's various pandemic rescue efforts. This quarter's borrowing will far surpass the Treasury's previous record, $569 ...

COVID-19 vaccine hunt heats up globally, still no guarantee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated. About 100 research ...

American public space, rebooted: What might it feel like?

And the American people returned to the American streets, bit by bit, place by place. And in the spaces they shared, they found a world that appeared much the same but was, in many ways, different — and changing by the day. And the people were at turns uncertain, fearful, angry, determined. ...

DHS report: China hid virus’ severity to hoard supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show. Chinese leaders "intentionally concealed the severity" of the ...

‘We don’t know how it will end’: Hunger stalks amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — When all this started — when the coronavirus began stalking humanity like an animal hunting prey, when she and her husband lost their restaurant jobs overnight as the world shut down to hide, when she feared not being able to feed her family — Janeth went outside with a ...

Hello, justice, do you hear me? Supreme Court meets by phone

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a morning of firsts for the Supreme Court, the first time audio of the court's arguments will be heard live by the world and the first arguments by telephone. The changes are a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has made holding courtroom sessions unsafe, ...

Bird-watching soars amid COVID-19 as Americans head outdoors

Conner Brown, a 25-year-old law student at Stanford University, spent the early days of the pandemic following his brother as he spotted and collected characters in the Pokemon Go mobile game. Then, Brown noticed the birds. "I thought, 'Why don't I take up birding?' It's like real-life ...

St. Jude music therapists organize backyard jams for kids

Amy Love had to leave the Memphis hospital where she brings music to severely ill children — she and other support staff couldn't take the risk of spreading COVID-19 to these frail patients. But she was determined: The music must not stop. So her house became a recording studio, and Love, ...

Man arrested trying to quarantine on private Disney island

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a "tropical paradise." Orange County Sheriff's deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney's Discovery Island on Thursday. He said ...

Back in session: Senate risks a return but House stays away

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weighing the risks, the Senate will reopen on Monday as the coronavirus crisis rages and the House stays shuttered, an approach that leaves Congress as divided as the nation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to convene 100 senators at the Capitol during a ...