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Trump threatens funding after Michigan absentee ballot move

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold up coronavirus relief money for Michigan after he said — erroneously — that the state had sent absentee ballots to millions of voters. It's not clear that he can do so. Michigan mailed applications for the absentee ...

Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17% at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back toward normal, the brief pollution break will likely be "a drop in the ocean" when ...

Lives Lost: ‘A nightmare,’ says parishioner who lost parents

NEW YORK (AP) — Reyna Martinez kept silent when the coronavirus killed her mother. She would hide in a bathroom and cry to keep the secret from her father. Then, the virus killed him, and she mourned again in silence because she felt it would crush her 9-year-old daughter to know that her ...

New Jersey, other states, work to fight virus misinformation

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top homeland security official received nearly nonstop calls in early March from grocery chains, trucking companies and other logistics firms wanting to know if rumors of an impending national lockdown were true. They weren't, and Jared Maples soon learned ...

‘Twilight Zone:’ Casino closings hurt Mississippi county

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County, Mississippi, have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card players have gone silent. Hundreds of hotel rooms have been empty for two months, and ...

Trump points to good news as restaurant owners tell of fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Restaurant owners gave President Donald Trump a sobering accounting of the widespread damage the coronavirus pandemic has dealt their industry and asked him to adjust a loan program for small businesses to address their concerns. The president put a hopeful spin on the ...

Missouri officers accused of assaulting black woman, son

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday accuses four white suburban St. Louis police officers of brutalizing a 68-year-old black woman and her adult son after wrongly accusing them of stealing a television. Marvia Gray alleges she suffered serious and permanent injuries during her arrest ...

Oregon Supreme Court halts order nixing virus restrictions

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court late Monday halted a rural judge's order earlier in the day that had tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff had ruled that Brown erred by not seeking the ...

Outbreak on edge of Navajo Nation overwhelms rural hospital

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — On the eve of New Mexico's shutdown of bars and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the city of Gallup came alive for one last night of revelry. Before the night was out in the desert oasis on the fringes of the Navajo Nation, 98 people were detained for ...