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In virus chaos, some find solace, purpose in helping others

NEW YORK (AP) — In April, as the coronavirus was ravaging New York, Susan Jones learned her older brother had been diagnosed with a blood cancer. His supervisor at work launched a GoFundMe page to help with costs, and Jones shared it on Facebook. What happened next stunned her. While Jones, ...

Loughlin, Giannulli to plead guilty to college bribes scheme

For more than a year, "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, insisted they were innocent of charges in the college admissions bribery case. They accused investigators of fabricating evidence against them and seemed eager to bring their fight to ...

AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, virus rebound feared

As lockdowns ease across the United States, millions of Americans are set to take tentative steps outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day. But public health officials are still concerned that if people congregate in crowds or engage in other risky behavior, the long weekend could cause the ...

U.S. health officials quietly release more reopening guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but initially shelved. As with other recently released guidance, religious organizations were not included. Instead, the document has advice for childcare facilities, ...

As focus grows on nursing homes, NYC offers free virus tests

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is offering free coronavirus testing at nursing homes amid growing scrutiny of outbreaks that have killed more of their residents in New York than in any other state. It's the latest in a series of steps that city and state officials have taken in recent weeks ...

Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling in wetlands is spending $270 million to create spaces for ...

GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

Michigan Senate candidate John James has been called a rising star of the Republican Party so many times it's become a cliche. The African American combat veteran, business owner and 38-year-old father of three brought down the house at the country's largest gathering of conservatives earlier ...

Senate speeds up confirmation vote for intelligence director

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to vote Thursday on the nomination of Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence, potentially confirming him sooner than expected, as senators are eager to quickly fill the post. Democrats have been opposed to Ratcliffe's ...

Little Richard laid to rest at Alabama alma mater

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Little Richard was remembered not just as a rock 'n' roll pioneer but a man of generosity and faith at a memorial service at his alma mater where he was laid to rest Wednesday. Mourners gathered at Oakwood University to pay their respects, many wearing face masks and ...