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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 ...

Tech privacy firm warns contact tracing app violates policy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A contact tracing app pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and user identification information with third-party businesses, according to a report ...

Chicago Latinos see higher rates of COVID-19 infections

CHICAGO (AP) — When Erendira Martinez's husband started feeling sick at the beginning of April, he brushed off his cough and told her it was nothing. "He was embarrassed," Martinez said. "He felt like I was going to be upset, which I was, because he didn't tell me the real symptoms that he ...

Merriam-Webster revises ‘Chinese restaurant syndrome’ entry

Merriam-Webster has updated its entry on "Chinese restaurant syndrome," a term many Asian Americans saw as antiquated and even racist. The phrase was previously defined as a legitimate illness brought on by food seasoned with monosodium glutamate but "especially Chinese food." ...

U.S. warns Los Angeles stay-at-home extension could be illegal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday warned the mayor of Los Angeles and the county's top health officer that an extension of the coronavirus stay-at-home order may be unlawful. The vague letter sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Public Health Director Barbara ...